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sysinternals process explorer as security policy editor

by John567 / March 12, 2008 9:37 PM PDT

Hi, Thanks for looking at my question and feel free to post it if it could help other.

I run XP home which has no security policy editor. I get these error 529 failure audits. It was suggested to me that I harden my computer against anonymous log on attacks. I use process explorer and was looking at the winlogon properties and the different permissions. I don't really understand what I'm looking at. I'm the only one who uses my computer so I don't
understand BUILTIN/Administrators or Everyone or NT AUTHORITY/authenticated users. So, my question is how can I use the Process Explorer to make my computer more secure.

I already have zone alarm among other layers of security.

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Failure Audits From Where?
by Jimmy Greystone / March 12, 2008 11:58 PM PDT

From whence do these "failure audits" come? I ask, because there are a number of "security" programs (and also registry "cleaners") that will report you having some huge number of problems, whether or not you really do.

And honestly, for the average user, so long as you aren't using Internet Explorer, aren't using Outlook or Outlook Express, aren't using pirated programs, aren't using file sharing or P2P programs, are keeping up with security updates, and have some form of firewall going... You've effectively kneecapped about 95% of all possible threats to your system's security.

So, if you don't know what it is you're doing with some kind of policy editor, the best thing you can do is leave it alone. Windows is not designed for security, so it's not only an uphill battle to secure it, but an ultimately futile one. If you focus on the things I mentioned above, that should be plenty. Policy editors are more for when you have multiple users on a single system, or you want to impose restrictions on all the workstations in an office building. They're not really meant for use by individual users like yourself.

I will also add that ZoneAlarm really doesn't add any additional security over the XP firewall, and it consumes vastly more in the way of RAM and CPU time. The whole outbound filtering thing, which XP's firewall can do BTW, is really completely overrated. It's only real use is in containing spyware and network aware viruses/worms/trojans. Personally, I prefer to prevent such things from ever getting onto my system, not how I'm going to try and corral them when they show up. Having ZoneAlarm doesn't hurt your security, but you're not really any more secure with ZoneAlarm as opposed to XP's firewall. You are, however, out quite a bit of additional RAM and a number of CPU cycles all to take care of all the pretty, but useless from the standpoint of a firewall, animations. Sad fact is, people in general are impressed by flashing lights and all kinds of status indicators, whether or not we have any idea what they mean. ZoneAlarm exploits that fact extremely well, and even the message it generates are worded carefully so that things seem more ominous than they really are.

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by John567 / March 13, 2008 9:57 AM PDT

The failure audits came from the security log in the administrative tools part. Not a 3rd party application

Thanks for the reply. I guess I'll just leave well enough alone lest I mess the machine up and have to undo the damamge.

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