Disabling Windows® XP Firewall
The consequences of disabling Windows® XP Firewall
Firewall is an important part of the system, which is a built-in application. This provides a high level of security to the files and applications. It prevents access from unauthorized data. It works based on certain criteria. The user defines these rules.
Here we will discuss the consequences of disabling the built-in firewall software of Windows® XP.
- Functions of Windows® XP Firewall
- How to remove Windows® XP Firewall
- Major consequences
Functions of Windows® XP Firewall
Firewall denies or gives access to network based on certain criteria. Regulation of flow of traffic in the computer network of various levels of trust is done here. It will divide them into three zones, for example, those sites or zones of no trust followed by zones of higher trust. In between lies a zone of intermediate trust also called as Demilitarized zone where it gives a warning to the user.
How to remove Windows® XP Firewall
This process of removing the firewall from the system comprises of three main steps. First step is firewall has to be disabled, and then it must be stopped followed by deletion of all files inside it. First work is to go to ‘Control panel’ and select ‘Performance and maintenance’ icon. ‘Administrative tools’ icon has to be clicked and go to services. Then right click on the firewall or ICS. From the pop-up menu, choose ‘Properties’. Now a dialog box appears. Select ‘Disabled’, which disables the firewall. This disables and stops the firewall. It is necessary that the files be removed from the firewall. Do the following steps. Go to ‘Start’ button in the taskbar, select ‘Run’, type “cmd”, and then press ‘Enter’. In the command prompt run the sc, delete shared access command, which permits to remove all the files and registry regarding the Windows® XP Firewall. Thus, you will have no firewall for your system. There is also another way where you go ‘Start’, then ‘Run’, type “firewall.cpl”, and disable the firewall.
The main problem you will be facing the very next minute you disable firewall is that you will not be able to handle network traffic effectively as the firewall was taking care of it. Your document can easily be authorized by other programs or computers, as the gateway also remains open. Some websites, which are blocked by the firewall, may contain viruses, and it will reach the system through your network, especially when you happen to download anything from that website. Another very bad consequence is that you cannot be sure of the security of the private data in your system. They will be easily accessible to the third party.
There can be no guaranty for your system to be free after the firewall removal. It will be prone to many problems. After disabling it, it is always better to enable the firewall as soon as possible.