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Disable File And Printer Sharing for TCP/IP in Windows 2000 Professional

If you have a direct connection that's always live, you need to protect yourself. The first line of defense against intruders is to prevent them from browsing your computer, and you do that by unbinding the TCP/IP protocol from the File And Printer Sharing service. Here's how.

If you have a direct connection that's always live, or if you stay connected by dial-up to the Internet for extended periods, you need to protect yourself from crackers who may steal your data and damage your Windows 2000 Professional system. The first line of defense against intruders is to prevent them from browsing your computer; you can do that by unbinding the TCP/IP protocol from the File And Printer Sharing service. Here's how:

  1. Open the Network And Dial-Up Connections folder.
  2. Right-click the connection and choose Properties.

For direct connections:

  1. Open the Network And Dial-Up Connections folder.
  2. Go to Advanced | Advanced Settings.
  3. In the Bindings box on the Adapters and Bindings page, deselect the TCP/IP protocol under the File And Printer Sharing branch.

If you're configuring a dial-up connection:

  1. Click the Networking tab.
  2. Deselect the File And Printer Sharing service.
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