- Messenger Service
- Alerter services
- RPC (one of the top 10 most vulnerable services)
- Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
- Remote Registry
- Routing and Remote Access
Since, some of these services are used for Administrative purposes too, please consult your System Administrator before disabling any of the above. As a home user, you can turn off these services as they are not needed, and are a potential security risk.
Be aware of the kind of applications you install and run on your system. Some of the Peer2peer file sharing applications install stealth programs on your system during installation and can monitor your Internet surfing habits. Also these programs generate a lot of network traffic and can even cause network choking. Please be advised that the damage they can cause is not just limited to the above-mentioned problems, but can lead to bigger security risks.
Let me know if you need any more information.
This was first published in February 2004