Disabling netBIOS on XP?

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  1. Birdman

    Birdman Registered Member

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    Is it recommended to DISABLE netBIOS from Windows XP start-up?

    I've heard that enabling it is a security risk....and disabling it might mess up your internet connection.

    A little program called Windows Worms Doora Cleaner 1.4.1 recommends to disable it. (see screenshots)

    Currently my ISP is AT&T Yahoo DSL.

    Advice needed. Thanks.
     

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  2. walking paradox

    walking paradox Registered Member

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    Here are some remarks about this from Stem, a resident firewall and networking expert here.
     
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  4. WSFuser

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    For that box just click yes.

    I too have AT&T Yahoo DSL and disabling NetBIOS has caused no problem for me.
     
  5. poirot

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    Same here: using WWDC from Firewallleaktester never caused me any kind of problem either with dialup or broadband, with or without router with any kind of connection.
     
  6. iceni60

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    it's safe to keep on if you have a hardware firewall/router, but if you have a single computer with just a software firewall it's best to disable it.

    you can find it by right-clicking on your network properties and selecting properties, then selecting IPv4 and selecting advanced and/or properties on the next few popups. i always disable the LMHash option in the same window, at least i think it's the LMH o_O i thought that didn't sound quite right, it's this - LmHosts lol
     
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