[aprssig] Windows 7
dave at g8kbv.demon.co.uk
Tue Mar 15 17:03:57 CDT 2011
I've got no argument about removing Outlook, but removing IE seriously
hampers Auto Updates, and a whole host of other often needed Windows
maintenance tools. It's jut too tightly integrated with the system, that
can become unstable if you remove or uninstall it (if it'll even let
Personaly, for genral purpose use, I install Firefox (+ NoScript,
AddBlockPlus, TreeStyleTabs etc) and make that the default browser. IE
only ever then gets invoked during windows maintenance (when the window
cleaners are in) or when manual system updates are done.
OK, you can get ActivX to run with FireFox, but the whole point of using
FF instead of IE, is to get away from ActivX (and other woes) in the
As to removing them to make a PC less hackable. The worst problems at
present are with third party apps, such as Adobe reader and Flash player,
among others... (Help, Check for Updates!)
Keep the Firewall up, and with no exceptions. Unless you *Need* such
things as a VNC server so you can get in remotely, or to allow another
system to use UiView's or HRD's server facilities for example. But,
who's to say they are not vulnerable? Has anyone ever stress tested
their listening ports?
LitePC is interesting, but wholsale removal of parts of the system etc,
do make for a lack of flexibility, often needed in a Ham shack, where
things (here at least) tend to be re-purposed at the drop of a hat from
time to time, unless you're trying to run XP on a 300MHz P1, with only
128M of Ram, and a 2G hard drive! You've more or less got a dedicated
embedded system after that degree of surgery! There again, that can
have it's uses...
On 14 Mar 2011 at 10:30, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
> On 3/14/2011 9:01 AM, Dave wrote:
> > Good info!
> > Interesting there is a mention of "LitePC" in there.
> > You can get the similar results, after visiting Black Viper's
> > website. http://www.blackviper.com/ And scroll down to the
> > services section.
> > Heck, just explore. Lots of good info and tweaks there.
> > 73.
> > Dave G0WBX.
> I link the Blackviper page on my useful links page, and use his
> 'one-click' reg files to disable services. However LitePC goes far
> further by completely removing tons of stuff completely rather than
> just shutting it down. I typically reduce the footprint of an XP
> install by at 300 MB with LItePC, and significantly reduce the
> "hackability" of PCs by completely removing the Internet
> Explorer/Outlook combo.
> Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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> > On 13 Mar 2011 at 9:35, John Habbinga wrote:
> >> I use UI-View32 on my Windows 7 Professional 64-bit without any
> >> issues. Just follow the directions on Stephen's page.
> >> http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/UIview_Notes.htm#VistaWin7
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