February 23rd, 2005, 11:28 AM
I have disabled netBIOS by right clicking on my network setting -> properties ->TCP/IP->properties (yes, again)->advanced->WINS
And I am just wondering if this was indeed a proper action to take for a bit more security.
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February 23rd, 2005, 11:36 AM
Did you do this:
1) Remove file and printer sharing from the LAN connection properties?
2) Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP from the area you mentioned?
3) Drop to a command line and type netstat -an to see if any of the NetBIOS ports are listening? (139, 445)
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February 23rd, 2005, 06:18 PM
I uninstall all of them during an install(XP) except for the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then that one gets modified.
That's what my LAC looks like, and you'll notice that my Install... , Uninstall and Properties tabs are not highlighted. A sure sign I'm on a limited account.
February 23rd, 2005, 06:56 PM
Closing listening ports is a good line of defense. If you have a stand-alone desktop
with internet connection, I do not really see why not to close all of them (Are there
drawbacks? I haven't experienced any yet.)
For example, to close Port 445 completely (not tested on SP2), a little registry tweak
is needed (make a note of what you change or export the key first.)
set TransportBindName from "\Device\" to a blank value. Reboot.
For additional information, see a tutorial.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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February 23rd, 2005, 09:33 PM
I just tried that code on my computer running the SP2 and it seems to have worked, with port 445 no longer showing when running netstat.