Avast Antivirus (the free version) lists, as a "health problem," that my "registry may be visible to others," and recommends that I "disable network access to Windows registry to help prevent snooping." Screenshot below. (Running Windows 7 Home Premium, if that matters.)
- Should I do it?
- Are there possible downsides to doing it?
- Is it easy enough to undo this action, should I decide for some reason I want to?
[ETA] At the risk of getting too meta, I'd also appreciate thoughts on these questions:
- Does "network access" mean just other machines on my home network (running a basic cable Internet access set-up), or is it possible for someone to access my registry from somewhere outside of this?
- What possible information could be obtained that I might not want shared?