Windows 10 and network connecting services

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Minimalist, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

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    I have a question for users that configured their firewalls to block/allow specific Windows services and built-in applications from accessing internet.
    I would like to know which services you allowed to access internet and also which are safe to block from accessing it.
    So far I allowed: Dnscache, Nlasvc, Wuauserv and CryptSvc.
    I blocked: Wlidsvc, WpnService, Wisvc and DsmSvc.
    I also blocked this applications and tools: Smartscreen.exe, Taskhostw.exe, Devicecensus.exe, SpeechModelDownload.exe, SpeechRuntime.exe, SystemSettings.exe, WerFault.exe, wermgr.exe.

    Any additional suggestions and warnings are appreciated.

    EDIT 03.03.2020 - added new blocked tools to list
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2020
  2. itman

    itman Registered Member

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    For starters and not exclusive, native SmartScreen needs Internet connectivity to update the white/black lists it uses.
     
  3. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

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    I've disabled Smartscreen in Group policy, that's why I also blocked it using FW. Don't even know why it runs, since it's disabled.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2020
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