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What are the potential security issues when I keep using Windows XP? [closed]

Microsoft stopped updating Windows XP and the media warns us of security leaks. I actually just read that continuing to use Windows XP is "extremely" dangerous. Why exactly is this such a danger? I ...
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Are air gapped PCs sufficiently secure running XP?

I have several XP SP2 machines on a LAN and several XP SP3 machines standalone. All are air gapped from the internet and receive no patches or AV updates. File transfers are by burning CDs containing ...
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1answer
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What vulnerabilities have previous versions of windows (before xp) face after they went out of support? [closed]

Are there examples from previous versions of windows as to the consequences of staying on an os whose support cycle has ended - in terms of major malware or phishing attacks the OS became vulnerable ...
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When WinXP support ends on 2014-04-08 will MS continue to make security updates for Premier customers? Will those the update be available to others?

Microsoft is wrapping up extended support for Windows XP next month (2014-04-08), which officially means the end up security updates. But this answer to an old question implies that some heavy-hitting ...
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1answer
233 views

Will Windows Update still work for existing patches for XP systems after next month?

As you likely know, official support for Windows XP ends next month. I have a question about the exact implications of this. I know that no new patches will be created after the April 8 end of life ...
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1answer
27 views

XP Security after support for LAN file transfers

I'll make a long story short. I have an XP computer that is used to run a machine in our factory. Our machine vendor will not perform an upgrade to a newer version of windows. I am required to keep ...
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0answers
43 views

How can I confirm if a process is being blocked from communicating on a network?

I have a user system with a third-party vendor product that needs to communicate with the network. We're noticing symptoms that suggests that the program/process is being blocked from communicating ...
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Network Security Compromised (Need Advice) VPN, VNC, XP

I'm running a small LAN with no WiFi. 2 XP machines, 1 Vista, 2 printers, and a DVR for security cameras. Last week I set up RealVNC (the personal version, with no encryption) so that I could Remote ...
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2answers
169 views

how to fix if a site is always redirected to another phishing site?

I am running Windows XP SP3. Before I used to do online banking using this computer without problem. But recently, when I will visit my bank to do online banking, https://www.mybdo.com.ph , it gives ...
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2answers
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Windows XP PRO SP3- stop changes to security software registry key(s) set by unknown program

I have searched the site and the web for an answer to my problem without any luck. Not sure if this is possible but an unknown, hidden program/script/malware/rootkit keeps adding \??\ to the image ...
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1answer
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Can I disable this Windows (XP) Security Warning?

I recently reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP (I know I'll have to take the plunge and commit to Win8 "real soon, now", but I'm just not quite ready for the upheaval yet! :) I used ...
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1answer
87 views

Set up minimal user rights

I'm going to run highly dangerous executables in Windows XP residing inside virtual machine. Due to a large amount of dangerous executables, I can't restore VM to snapshot after every run of an ...
0
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1answer
74 views

Ensuring computer is secure after discovering a RAT

I was recently helping an older friend fix some issues with her Windows XP computer when I came to realized that it had been infected with some sort of RAT. The RAT had been on the system for about a ...
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0answers
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Is auditing possible on Windows XP Home Edition?

Although Windows XP Professional has (a lot more) control over Security issues, Windows XP Home Edition does allow the regular user to probe around and allows to set Security settings on folders and ...
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3answers
98 views

Security of a dial-up connection

If you have two machines with Windows XP, you can setup a "dial-up" connection between the two using a standard land phone line. I imagine the same can be done on Windows 7, and most other Operating ...
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0answers
420 views

How to Lock Hard Disk drive and USB Slots?

Is it possible to lock the Hard Disk and USB slots in Windows XP without any software? Thanks
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1answer
107 views

Is it safe to load antivirus services after other system services?

Avast! antivirus let me choose whether to load its services before or after other system services. I noticed that by unchecking that box (and letting avast load first) the system boot hangs and it ...
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1answer
4k views

Cryptographic Service error message on Windows XP SP3

Does anyone have an idea on what can be done to fix the cryptographic services on a windows xp service pack 3 machine? It might also be a wrong security setting, but I think I would have found it, if ...
0
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1answer
555 views

How to force WinXP to ask for password before software installation/uninstall?

I really like some of the linux security measures it uses. So what i'd like to do is have WinXP Pro SP3 ask for my user password everytime i try to install/remove software. I know I can't make ...
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0answers
674 views

Disabling all write (cd burning) permissions for a specific group of users on all CD/DVD drives mounted in Windows XP Pro SP3

I want all users within 'Restricted' user group (Windows XP Professional SP3) to be able to read from CDs/DVDs they insert. I don't want these users to be able to burn any CDs/DVDs using CDRW/DVDRW ...
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2answers
101 views

How do I remove a root kit from Windows XP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I was looking for root kits following these instructions ...
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0answers
318 views

How to track file deletion or renaming for files of a particular extension?

I do not want to restrict deletion, as it may be required in some genuine cases. However, I need to track accidental or intentional deletion or renaming of files of a particular extension, has been ...
0
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1answer
235 views

Remove all user from security group

Is there a way through command line to remvoe all the users in a security group (from Local Users and Groups)? I can remove a single user with "net localgroup", but I don't know who is in the group.
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1answer
267 views

How can I block all internet connections except the Microsoft Update website?

I want download updates for Windows XP. Until all updates have been downloaded, my computer will be more exposed to hackers. How can I block all internet connections except those to/from the Microsoft ...
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2answers
624 views

Security Essentials not installing and I suspect my machine is infected with malware

My mouse seems to be automatically right-clicking every few seconds, and sometimes constantly. My cursor will abruptly become an hourglass for a moment every once in a while, as well. It happens in ...
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3answers
329 views

import Certificate in WIndow Xp

I have created a temporary certificate. I am trying to import this certificate.I am importing Certificate to Personnel store of Local Computer and then using FindPrivateKey solution to find privatekey ...
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3answers
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Can Microsoft Security Essentials Signature Update Notifications be Avoided?

I have my Windows Automatic Updates set to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.". However, if I install Microsoft Security Essentials, can I have the daily virus signatures ...
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0answers
143 views

How to ssl-secure mysql connection on Windows XP?

I use MS Access to connect my remote MySQL database, and use MySQL ODBC connector for that. I would like to secure the connection with SSL. ODBC connector offers some SSL setup, but I don't have idea ...
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2answers
143 views

Security Warning prompt when using a service to launch an unsigned program from local HDD

I have a remote Windows Embedded box (basically a limited-feature copy of WinXPSP3), on which I have a Windows service whose only purpose in life is to make sure that a copy of a particular ...
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2answers
14k views

How to not require username/password for XP network share?

When I connect to a network share in XP I am being asked for a username/password. How can I prevent this happening. Usually this is not required.
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1answer
250 views

Use of multiple keyfiles for TrueCrypt

As mentioned in documentation, TrueCrypt would use first 1024 kilobytes of any large file to create SHA-512 Hash which will be combined with password to get the final hash. E.g. ...
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0answers
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Secure sync of TrueCrypt containers on Windows XP

Need to sync arbitrary files within two TrueCrypt containers; one container is a backup, the other the one actively used by me, both are local during the transaction. Current concern security wise ...
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2answers
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Are the losses of resetting a Windows password reversible?

In Windowses (XP SP3, Windows 7, et al), setting Windows' login/account/user password by: Run --> Compmgmt.msc --> Local Users and Groups --> Users --> Right Click on a user in right panel ...
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3answers
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How to block incoming connections from one IP address?

I have found out that one IP address is trying to RDP to a machine. I would now like to get XP to block all incoming connections from this IP address, and I am finding it very frustrating how ...
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2answers
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Svchost.exe connecting to different IPs with remote port 445

Im using Windows XP Professional SP2. Whenever I start my Windows, svchost.exe starts connecting to all the possibleĀ IPs onĀ LAN like from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.200. The local port ranges from ...
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1answer
57 views

accessing a machine locally without network auth?

I have a machine that probably used LDAP or something for auth on a network but im trying to login to manage the system but cant seem to login even after doing a reset of the administrator password. ...
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1answer
371 views

Checking suspicious (root CA) certificates

I was just looking at my certificate store and saw a bunch of root CAs that look kind of suspicious; specifically numerous ones that: have ALL CAPS text use foreign languages/text have extremely ...
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Is Windows simple file sharing safe?

Windows (in this case XP) allows me to simply "share a folder" via its SMB protocol, and I can access it via Linux quite nicely (with Samba), no questions asked. That's what bothers me, it just does ...
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2answers
551 views

Internet Blackouts - Random Timeouts in Intervals

Currently we are having random time outs on our internet connection. I can confirm this by pinging google.com/yahoo.com and other sites and I see the connection work for about 10 - 12 requests, then ...
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4answers
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Administrating “public” computer at local church?

I'm administrating a "public" computer, that is the computer at our local church. We use it to record the services in Ableton Live, show lyrics with Easy Worship and so on.. On it we have Moonscape ...
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Windows XP: resetting sharing permissions for a file to those of the directory it is contained in

Followup question for my previous one: So I have a directory \etc\install\foo that allows file sharing. I have a file NEW.zip from an unshared location that I moved into \etc\install\foo, and ...
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Alias network adapter in Windows XP

I use a VPN channel for an online banking client. This channel is implemented as an NDIS filter installed on the outbound network interface which gets activated when you insert the smart card. When ...
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1answer
847 views

Windows XP Pro 'Connect to' logon box greyed out with Guest

Have a machine i've just nuked and paved to be used in a public enviroment, yet still connected to a Workgroup. Would like it to prompt for a logon when accessing any of the network shares as ...
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1answer
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How to encrypt my remote machine? (Which I access via RDP.)

I've got a small server, mainly for backup purpose. I store sensitive data there, so I'd like to apply some kind of data encryption. Truecrypt's system encryption would be perfect, except I can't even ...
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3answers
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How do I check if some one is accessing my computer from somewhere?

Here is a snap shot of my processes running on Windows XP Is there anything suspicious? How will you know if some one is accessing your computer remotely?
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0answers
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Is there a way to view IP addresses that have been assigned, historically, to a single Windows XP workstation?

For example, if a laptop had an IP address of a.b.c.d during period x and then an IP address of a.b.c.e during period y, would it be possible to see both of these addresses in a list somewhere ...
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4answers
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Finding out which app is using the webcam

Yesterday I was working on my laptop. Suddenly I noticed that the indicator light of the webcam was on, despite the fact that I wasn't making a video call or using the webcam in any other way at the ...
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1answer
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Windows XP - Forced to login as Guest when accessing a computer through Windows Explorer

In Windows XP, when I attempt to connect to one of my co-workers computers to share files, I get the following screen: I cannot enter a username, because the username text box is disabled; I can ...
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10answers
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Determining if a hard disk has been removed and data copied from it?

Is there a method or a tool that can detect if someone has separated my hard disk from my computer, copied data from it, and returned it back? I want to be sure that no one has done this without my ...
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1answer
462 views

Looking for a Software to harden Windows machines

I'm a network administrator of a small/medium network. I'm looking for a software (Free or Not) which can harden Windows Computers (XP And Win7) for the propose of hardening standalone desktop ...