Good programs/and or programs that would be essential to security?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Comp01, Sep 24, 2003.

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  1. Comp01

    Comp01 Registered Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    Okay, should I get DSOstop and HTAstop, to add to my collection of security? :doubt:
  2. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Aug 10, 2002
    New England
    Hi Comp01,

    The way I look at these two tools is "they can't hurt". They are available free, and they can be enabled and disabled at will, so, why not use them?

    The new HTAstop2003 does a good job at fully disabling HTA on your system. Now, certainly there is a question regarding whether or not this is necessary... Currently, there does not appear to be a real exploit in the wild that uses HTA, that doesn't first actually gain it's access to your system via ActiveX, but again, I believe it can't hurt to disable it especially if you aren't using it.

    Here are a couple HTAstop related threads. (Note the statement in the first thread that says one or two Control Panel applets won't work if HTA is disabled on an XP system. However, if you need to use those, just re-enabled HTA.):

    Here is some info on DSOstop:;start=msg77777#msg77777

    These tools may very well not be needed, but, they do what they say they will do, they disable a specific capability within Windows - and they re-enabled it, if desired.
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