Posted by: bhalley | 04/22/2010

Computer Security – Part 3

For Part 3 this will apply only to Windows.  This will walk you through stopping unnecessary services.  By default there are several services that are set to automatically run.  By turning these off you will do two things:  1 – block a possible vulnerability, 2 – free memory helping increase the performance of your computer.

To open the Management Console do one of the following:  Right click on My Computer and click on Manage, or Click on Start and then Run and type in either ‘services.msc’ and click OK.  Once the Sevices is open to Disable the service you double-click on the service and change the Startup Type to disabled.  If you do not have the service than go to the next one.

Here are the services to Disable:  Error Reporting Service,  Net Driver HPZ12, Pml Driver HPZ12, Remote Registry, Secondary Logon, SSDP Discovery Service, Terminal Services, WebClient.

Set the following services to Manual:  Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Help and Support, HID Input Service, Universal Plug and Play Device Host, Windows Image Acquisition (WIA).

Once you have made these changes reboot your computer.  If you have any problems please e-mail me for help.

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