Should the "Remote Assistance" option be check-marked by default?

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  1. RCGuy

    RCGuy Registered Member

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    Hey folks, I'm just curious. In My Computer's System Properites under the Remote tab, should the "Allow Remote Assistance invitations" option already be check-marked by default? I just looked at mine and the "Allow Remote Assistance invitations" option was already check-marked and I don't remember it being check-marked the last time that I looked at it.
     
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    You can uncheck it. Check later to see if it's still unchecked. :)
     
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    You can also disable it in Administrative Tools/Services/Remote access. I have it set to manual.
     
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    I have both "Remote Assistance" and "Remote Desktop" totally disabled in Services.

    I have absolutely no idea whether or not having them on is a real potential liability - I just know that the term "Remote" in any kind of "control" context, is enough to give me the creeping horrors.

    And - just like RCGuy - I've seen the damned thing turn on without my input - I just can't remember whether it was after a Windows Update or whether it was after working with my ISP on a computer connection problem. Pete

    [MOVE]remote control of your computer will commence in 5..4..3..2..1 :D [/MOVE]
     
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    If you don't need it switch this off, the best way is to turn off the service in 'services.msc', as mentioned by Spy1.
    It could be a risk, you don't want to 'invite' someone from the internet come and do things on your computer.

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  6. RCGuy

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    I almost forgot about this thread, but I went ahead and followed Ron's suggestion and later went back and looked at it and it was still unchecked. However, I'm still a little bit concerned because I always thought that the "Remote Assistance" option was un-checked by default. Makes me wonder how it got check-marked in the first place. Hmmm. o_O
     
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    It comes that way on any fresh install of the OS (trust me, I've done enough of them here! <g> ). Pete
     
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    Just for beginners reading, be careful if you are going to disable services in services.msc, because several are required for normal system operation, like RPC (Remote Procedure Call). Disable that one and it can cause problems with Windows. Good idea to backup your OS partition before you start playing with services. No harm in unchecking the remote options as RCGuy did.
     
  9. RCGuy

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    Thanks, Pete. I just had a fresh install of my OS a couple of weeks before I first posted this thread. :) Although, that doesn't seem like a good thing for it to come that way after the installation of the OS. Especially for people who don't know that it's like that. :doubt: Seems kind of dangerous to me. :blink:
     
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  10. RCGuy

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    Wanna hear something interesting? Well, first of all, I dumped AOL's Safety and Security Center because of it being so heavy and slowing down my computer. But, to replace the SASC's firewall and antivirus programs, I utilized Windows Firewall and installed AntiVir PE Classic. But anyway, I opened the Windows Security Center and clicked on the "Windows Firewall" link to see if their firewall program now had any activity logs, etc.(Traditionally, Windows Firewall doesn't provide access to any type of activity logs or anything.) But getting back to what I was talking about, after clicking on the "Windows Firewall" link, the Windows Firewall dialgoue box appeared on the screen and I noticed it had an "Exceptions" tab. Well, I decided to click on the "Exceptions" tab and I noticed that amongst the list of "Programs and Service" that were checked-marked as exceptions was "Remote Assistance." :eek: Therefore, in additon to having the "Remote Assistance" option check-marked by default in the Windows OS System Properties, the "Remote Assistance" is also check-marked by default as one of Windows Firewall's "Exceptions." :mad: I'm sorry, but something about that just doesn't seem right. :thumbd:
     
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