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Is it ok to disable these?

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#1 Zone out

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 05:21 AM



I saw a video that advised disabeling a few things in windows to make it more secure but it was on an older version of windows so I don't know how relevant it is to 10.  Also in some cases how to disable them is different.


First is it ok to disable "LM host lookup" and "NetBIOS over tcp/ip".  And if it's ok, how do I do this in win 10?


Second is it ok to uncheck "enable distributed com"?


Third, I disabled the service "remote access connection manager", I don't use one but will this stop me being able to use a VPN?



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Posted 23 July 2016 - 04:59 AM

I'd post over in the Security forums with these sort of questions:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/45/general-security/

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 03:35 PM

Few tips for browsing internet safely

If you don't mind i will like to give you few tips for browsing internet safely.

Internet Explorer's protected mode is a feature that makes it more difficult for malicious software to be installed on your computer. Protected mode is turned on by default in the Internet, intranet, and Restricted sites zones and an icon appears on the status bar to let you know that it's running. In addition to warning you when webpages try to install software, Internet Explorer will warn you when webpages try to run certain software programs. You are warned when a software program would run outside of Internet Explorer and outside of protected mode, because that program might have more access to your computer than you prefer. This usually happens when a website is using an add-on to run a software program on your computer. If you are viewing more than one website at a time, check all open websites to be sure you know which one is trying to run the program before granting your permission. If you trust the program and want to allow it to run on any website, select the Do not show me the warning for this program again check box.

You must have UAC set to the default level below or higher to be able to turn on Protected Mode in Internet Explorer.
NOTE: Only in Internet Explorer 8 you will see what security zone you are in at the bottom right in the status bar in, and whether protected mode is turned on or off for that security zone. This is not displayed in IE9, IE10, and IE11.
What is Internet Explorer  Protected Mode and what does it do for me?
SmartScreen Filter is a feature in Internet Explorer that helps detect phishing websites. SmartScreen Filter can also help protect you from downloading or installing malware (malicious software).
SmartScreen Filter helps to protect you in three ways:
  • As you browse the web, it analyses webpages and determines if they have any characteristics that might be suspicious. If it finds suspicious webpages, SmartScreen will display a message giving you an opportunity to provide feedback and advising you to proceed with caution.
  • SmartScreen Filter checks the sites you visit against a dynamic list of reported phishing sites and malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen Filter will show you a warning notifying you that the site has been blocked for your safety.
  • SmartScreen Filter checks files that you download from the web against a list of reported malicious software sites and programs known to be unsafe. If it finds a match, SmartScreen Filter will warn you that the download has been blocked for your safety. SmartScreen Filter also checks the files that you download against a list of files that are well known and downloaded by many Internet Explorer users. If the file that you're downloading isn't on that list, SmartScreen Filter will warn you.
How do I turn SmartScreen Filter off or on?
  • Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_818. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
  • Click the Safety button, point to SmartScreen Filter, and then click either Turn Off SmartScreen Filter or Turn On SmartScreen Filter.
  • In the Microsoft‌ SmartScreen Filter dialog box, click OK.
Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off
There is one more SmartScreen filters in Windows 10. The second one is in the Control Panel and stops you from installing potentially malicious desktop programs on your PC. It first appeared in Windows 8. To offer this security feature, however, you have to share with Microsoft anonymized information about the programs you download and install. To disable or enable SmartScreen open Control Panel --> Security and Maintenance and select Change Windows SmartScreen settings from the left-side pane.
About disabling "LM host lookup" and "NetBIOS over tcp/ip" we need to why this article suggesting "LM host lookup" and "NetBIOS over tcp/ip" should be disabled for us to agree with they claim it will make network connection more secure.

Edited by FreeBooter, 23 July 2016 - 03:39 PM.

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:47 AM

Thanks to the posters, I will try the recommended forum.  So we can consider this closed.

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