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Old 10-16-03, 07:56 AM   #1
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Default The Windows Messenger Service

A lot of us have this service switched off already on our PCs already. If not, you should now:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tre...n/MS03-043.asp

If it wasn't bad enough that you can get spam just popup on your PC, now virii will be able to spread through it too. You won't need to open a strange email, or download an attachment from a website, a worm could just spread automatically only any machine running this unpatched service.
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Old 10-16-03, 07:57 AM   #2
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hmm, this probably belongs in the Windows forum. sorry
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Old 10-16-03, 08:24 AM   #3
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First thing I do after installing is disable that
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We have that service disabled on all the ghosts we use at work. Glad to see being proactive might actually pay off for once.
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Old 10-16-03, 09:30 AM   #5
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Just changed the subject title to make it a bit more enlightening

Leave it here for the time being so more people will see it.
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Old 10-23-03, 08:13 AM   #6
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Whoever decided to use the phrase "you ninny" in the thread title gets a gold star for interesting vocabulary use.
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Old 10-23-03, 08:50 AM   #7
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What other major services should I turn off.
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Whoever decided to use the phrase "you ninny" in the thread title gets a gold star for interesting vocabulary use.
All me, baby.

But there's no way in hell it should be turned on anyway--it's utterly useless, and you can get popup spam through it.
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What other major services should I turn off.
This isn't a bad guide, though it doesn't focus on security issues.

http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/winxp...es/index.shtml
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Thanks, edumacating meself now.
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This isn't a bad guide, though it doesn't focus on security issues.

http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/winxp...es/index.shtml
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http://grc.com
Has a few programs to shut of messenger, dcom, and a few other services.
Oh and try out the new port scanners to test out your firewalls
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You might also want to try this site: http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm. It tells you what XP and 2000 services you probably should and shouldnt have on. It also helps you eliminate some of the lag when you start up Win XP and 2k.
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