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    xp-AntiSpy

    "xp-AntiSpy is a little utility that lets you disable some built-in update and authentication 'features' in WindowsXP.
    For example, there's a service running in the background which is called 'Automatic Updates'. I don't know what this service transfers from my machine to other machines on the internet, especially the MS ones. So I play it safe and disable such functions. If you like, you can even disable these functions manually, by going through the System and checking or unchecking some checkboxes. This will take you approximately half an hour. But why wast time when a little neat utility can do the same in 1 minute? This utility was successfully tested by lots of users, and was found to disable all the known 'Suspicious' Functions in WindowsXP. It's customiseable, but comes up with the Default settings, which are recommended."

    I found this <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> app "educational" in terms of explaining the purposes of many of the XP services and settings.

    Alan

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    Re: xp-AntiSpy

    Automatic Updates is critical for security. It works by downloading a catalog of available updates and comparing what you have on your machine, and then following your instructions as to what should be done when updates are available (e.g., install automatically, download but ask permission to install, etc.). For most people, it would be a mistake to disable Automatic Updates.

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    Re: xp-AntiSpy

    Agreed. That's why I mentioned the "educational" value of th app. I should have also emphasized that the sample usage in the blurb would not be a wise move to undertake.

    Alan

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