How to prevent DSA from booting?

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  1. newbino

    newbino Registered Member

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    There is no way currently within DSA to configure it to not start up after booting the OS. This has been confirmed by Privacyware Tech support.
    They also added that I may want to research whether there is a way to do this
    at the OS level as it might be possible.
    Any comments or suggestions?
    Thanks
     
  2. Seer

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    Hello newbino :)

    DSA autostarts via a registry key located in HKLM/Run. You can easily disable DSA startup by deleting it's key in this location -

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    You can start it anytime from a shortcut in start menu, when needed.

    Don't forget to backup your registry before you do this, just in case you need the key back.

    Cheers.
     
  3. newbino

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    Thanks Seer, your suggestion makes perfect sense. Now there is an additional twist :rolleyes: on one side I am looking to be able to disable DSA at startup on occasion, but generally I would keep it on.

    Backing up the registry would not work, as I am still un/installing new software (recent os install) so I need to keep it flexible and not anchored in time.
    Is there a way to backup the single registry key?
     
  4. lucas1985

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    Export the registry key.
     
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  5. newbino

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    yes, but how? :)

    if I select just the DSA key and then >file > export
    the regkey contains the whole of
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    including various other apps that startup with windows that I would like to exclude from the key itself
     
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    Uh, lets not get ridiculous. Just get a startup items util like Startup or Sysinternal's Autoruns. No need to manually muck with the registry for such quotidian fare.

    DSA also has a driver (pwipf2) that you can manually start/stop from the device manager if you wish. I'm not sure if the firewall element still blocks when the gui is off.
     
  8. newbino

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    I totally forgot about them, thanks!
     
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