Is disabling "Remote Registry" the right thing to do?

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Hey Gang,

I cam acrosss a few articles stating that a simple fix can really make our computer safer. I did a lot of research and it looks like if we have "Remote Registry" in services.msc turned off/disabled, it doesn't allow for remote users to modify the Windows Registry... which some say that having this service turned on can pose security issues, and therefore, choose to disable it.

However, I came across on article that stated that you can encounter some problems with your system if disabling it. So now I am stuck between a rock and a hard place, and don't know what to do. so, I'm just wondering if any fellow warriors can shine some light on this for me, and kindly let me know what they do...

In Many Thanks,
Kyle
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    Dude, you are asking the wrong question, if you don't know what you are doing, you can really mess up your computer. I suggest you back up your registry before you ever try anything and ask the right people for help. This is an IM forum, and not the right place to ask those kind of questions
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    • Profile picture of the author so11
      Originally Posted by Alex Blades View Post

      Dude, you are asking the wrong question, if you don't know what you are doing, you can really mess up your computer. I suggest you back up your registry before you ever try anything and ask the right people for help. This is an IM forum, and not the right place to ask those kind of questions
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    Originally Posted by KylePeters View Post

    Hey Gang,

    I cam acrosss a few articles stating that a simple fix can really make our computer safer. I did a lot of research and it looks like if we have "Remote Registry" in services.msc turned off/disabled, it doesn't allow for remote users to modify the Windows Registry... which some say that having this service turned on can pose security issues, and therefore, choose to disable it.

    However, I came across on article that stated that you can encounter some problems with your system if disabling it. So now I am stuck between a rock and a hard place, and don't know what to do. so, I'm just wondering if any fellow warriors can shine some light on this for me, and kindly let me know what they do...

    In Many Thanks,
    Kyle
    Hello,

    if you are running your computer on local network (like at home), there is no reason for you to disable it. Some Windows services may rely on it, so disabling it may cause some error messages later on.

    There are other ways to protect yourself from risks that you are trying to avoid. For example, you can create and use your computer with Power user privileges and not as an administrator. This will reduce significantly security risks. Many operating systme do that natively, such as Mac OS, Linux and new Windows systems.

    Also, make sure that you have good security tools installed and up to date.

    hope this answers your question...
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    • Profile picture of the author KylePeters
      Originally Posted by so11 View Post

      Hello,

      if you are running your computer on local network (like at home), there is no reason for you to disable it. Some Windows services may rely on it, so disabling it may cause some error messages later on.

      There are other ways to protect yourself from risks that you are trying to avoid. For example, you can create and use your computer with Power user privileges and not as an administrator. This will reduce significantly security risks. Many operating systme do that natively, such as Mac OS, Linux and new Windows systems.

      Also, make sure that you have good security tools installed and up to date.

      hope this answers your question...
      Thanks! I appreciate that info! Can you expand on what you mean by Power user privileges and also, what good security tools do you use?
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      • Profile picture of the author so11
        Go to your control panel, click on User and groups. You should be able to see all users configured on your computer. Currently you are probably running your session as an administrator.

        It is convenient, but also risky, because if you get some kind of virus or malicious code, it will appropriate your privileges to execute. Because you are an administrator, it will run and install stuff no problem.

        To avoid this risk, you can create a user with less privileges and use it for everyday needs. When you need to install or reconfigure your system you login as an admin. Yes, it is cumbersome at some points, but it is much more secure.

        In terms of security software, i was referring to a good antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection systems, and other tools to protect your computer.

        good luck
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        • Profile picture of the author KylePeters
          Originally Posted by so11 View Post

          Go to your control panel, click on User and groups. You should be able to see all users configured on your computer. Currently you are probably running your session as an administrator.

          It is convenient, but also risky, because if you get some kind of virus or malicious code, it will appropriate your privileges to execute. Because you are an administrator, it will run and install stuff no problem.

          To avoid this risk, you can create a user with less privileges and use it for everyday needs. When you need to install or reconfigure your system you login as an admin. Yes, it is cumbersome at some points, but it is much more secure.

          In terms of security software, i was referring to a good antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection systems, and other tools to protect your computer.

          good luck
          I already have a good ant-virus.... I use Avast! But in terms of firewall, I use Windows firewall. Is their a better firewall? Or is windows OK to use?
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          • Profile picture of the author so11
            Originally Posted by KylePeters View Post

            I already have a good ant-virus.... I use Avast! But in terms of firewall, I use Windows firewall. Is their a better firewall? Or is windows OK to use?
            It is better than nothing...but is limited. For example, it doesn't block any outgoing traffic.

            Kaspersky, McAfee, Eset (my favorite) offer some good desktop security products... check them out.
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