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Is It Safe/okay To Disable These Services?


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#1 bloomcounty

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:28 PM

I have a laptop with Windows XP Home SP2, Zone Alarm Free 6.5.737 (I'm not using Windows Firewall), AVG A/V & A/S Free, Firefox 1.0.0.11 (and IE 6 for Windows Updates). I am not on nor am part of a network. Just a regular laptop using dial-up (with the occasion use of wireless and ethernet at a friend's house).

It's been recommended to me to disable the following services in order to "tighten up" internet performance and security:

QoS RSPV
Application Layer Gateway Service
Universal Plug & Play Service
SSDP Discovery Service
IPSEC Services

I looked them up on Black Viper, but I really don't understand enough to make an educated decision based on the info. Yet I'm being told it's better to disable them.

Any help is appreciated -- thanks!
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 08:20 AM

Well, I don't generally disable services because of the dependencies and I just don't think disabling any of them is going to do anything fantastic to my system...other than UPnP (I do disable that, it was a security risk, but I suspect that's been patched by now).

Worth looking at: http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm

And...remember that advice offered by other persons...is not necessarily factual advice or is grounded in any real evaluation of the consequences :thumbsup:.

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Edited by hamluis, 28 December 2007 - 08:22 AM.


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Posted 28 December 2007 - 09:06 AM

I do not agree with Black Viper on several items. I've know more than one person that hosed there system using his advice.
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:06 AM

You may compare the recommendations to the BC StartupList (it is tabbed above every page here). As a general rule, the real culprits are usually found in third-party software, especially those that---for user ease---have a "quick start" feature.
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 12:01 PM

Thanks for the posts, everyone. I'll check out theeldergeek site and here. (And if anyone knows any more about these specific processes, please feel free to post! :thumbsup: )

Edited by bloomcounty, 28 December 2007 - 12:06 PM.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 12:40 PM

Okay... Right now I'm thinking to turn QoS RSVP back to manual, leaving the ALGS (manual-started) and the IPSEC (automatic-started) as is (and keeping ALGS in ZA Program Control as all ?'s), and disabling UPnP and SSDP. Any thoughts?
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 01:14 PM

That looks to be fairly safe
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 01:55 PM

This link posts a few "under the hood" tweaks for speeding up Windows, some of them may be mentioned as in the listing posted on 'The Elder Geek'

http://www.freepctech.com/pc/xp/xp00063.shtml
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 08:19 PM

You can go through the list and turn any services that are set to auto but not running, to manual.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:22 PM

I actually only ended up doing the following:

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service - Manual
Help and Support - Manual
NVIDIA Driver Helper Service - Manual

...and left everything else alone. I figure there's probably no sense worrying about it... :thumbsup:

Thanks!
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