Monday, November 26, 2012

Turning OFF Security Center in Windows XP SP2

Microsoft introduced the Windows Security Center Utility in the Service Pack 2 version of Windows XP. Although Microsoft, the Redmond based Software giant introduced the basic Windows Firewall (most people didn’t noticed its presence) in the Windows XP version, the security provided was not remarkable. To defend the Windows platform against external attacks from the network and the internet, Microsoft wanted something stronger for guarding the Windows platforms; and so came the Windows Security Center. The Windows Security Center is a medium security utility and it is intended for normal users. The protection it guarantees is up to a limit, but serves the normal end users well. Still, professionals and Power PC users are not satisfied with the Windows Security and they always go for third party security systems.
There are a lot of security systems that are very good and you can find the details of these security programs in any Windows tech support website.

Windows Security Center
Microsoft included the Windows Security Center utility in Windows XP SP2 and they have continued the shipping of its upgraded version with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. The Windows Security center comprises of Windows Firewall and Windows Defender (Previously Giant anti-malware program) which scans and protects the computer system from external and internal threats and intrusions from the internet. Some users prefer to disable the Windows Security Center and if you prefer so, here are some instructions that will take you smoothly across the course.

Instructions for Disabling Windows Security Center
Click on the Start Button and then on the Control Panel option in the opened Start Menu.
Switch the Control Panel view to classic mode and double click on the Services icon to open the Services window. Alternatively, you can open the Services window by running Services.exe from the Run window.
The Services window will appear, which has a list of services that are running, stopped and disabled.
In the given list, search for the Windows Security Center. Click on the Windows Security Center option in the list. On the Left side of the pane you can click on the Stop option to stop it temporarily. If you want to disable it permanently, right click on the option and click on properties. In the Drop list, select the Disable option (Automatic will be default option).
Click OK, close all windows and restart your PC.

In case of any trouble with the procedure, navigate to any Windows tech support website for fixing it.

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