PCSTATS Main Page Follow PCSTATS on Facebook PCSTATS RSS Feed PCSTATS Twitter Feed + Motherboards
+ Videocards
+ Memory
+ Beginners Guides
News & Advanced Search  Feedback?
[X]   Directory of
Guides & Reviews

Beginners Guides
Weekly Newsletter
Archived Newsletters


Contact the Suite 66 Advertising Agency
Beginners Guides: Hard Drive Data Recovery

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview - PCSTATS
Abstract: Once your PC is updated with Windows XP Service Pack 2 there are a few things you'll need to know about its new features and security options.
Filed under: Operating System Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Aug 17 2004   M. Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Operating System > Microsoft Windows XP

Windows Security System

This is exactly identical to the main configuration of the older XP firewall! It seems that this is the only way to allow users to connect to specific hosted services like websites and FTP sites you have created on your computer.

We fail to understand why Microsoft could not implement the program based 'exceptions' list for all interfaces and hosted services like the Zonealarm firewall has done. As it is, configuring the firewall for programs and configuring for internal Windows services like web hosting and FTP are split into two separate areas, which is rather confusing, with no obvious documentation to help out. Poor design choice here.

To rephrase this, if you want to allow a programs like Shareaza or MSN Messenger to accept connections from the Internet, you create a program-based 'exception' for it. If you want to allow a built in service like FTP or web hosting to accept connections, you must create a 'service' on each network interface for it, as with the old XP firewall system.

On the bright side, the program based exceptions worked very well as we tested them. MSN file transfer, always a thorny problem with the old Windows XP firewall, works by default now which made us happy.

One thing we should point out. The Windows XP firewall now detects and intercepts any attempt by an installed program to act as a server, popping up a message box informing you of the event and asking for input.


This is a great improvement over the older XP firewall, which ignored all data originating from inside the system. However, the new firewall still does not block attempts to access the Internet. So, for instance, it would not make you aware of the fact that your new copy of Office is connecting with Microsoft every time you start it up, or that some application you never heard of (possibly spyware) is attempting to connect to a remote server. This sort of protection, which the free Zonealarm and Sygate firewalls offer, is essential for proper detection of spyware and Trojan horse viruses. It's unfortunate that this feature was not added fully.

< Previous Page © 2020 PCSTATS.com Next Page >


Contents of Article: Microsoft Windows XP
 Pg 1.  Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview
 Pg 2.  A New Firewall for WinXP
 Pg 3.  Upgraded Outlook Express Security
 Pg 4.  Testing the Firewall Coverage
 Pg 5.  Controlling Add-ons in IE
 Pg 6.  Email Protection Increased
 Pg 7.  WindowsXP Service Pack 2 in use - The XP Firewall
 Pg 8.  Programs and the new Firewall
 Pg 9.  — Windows Security System
 Pg 10.  Windows XP Service Pack 2 in use
 Pg 11.  Adjusting to Service Pack 2

Use the power of Google to search all of PCSTATS and the PCSTATS Forums. Tell us what you think of this new feature - FEEDBACK?
   01 / 26 / 2020 | 1:14AM
Hardware Sections 

PCSTATS Network Features Information About Us Contact
PCSTATS Newsletter
ShoppingList Assistance
Tech Glossary
Technology WebSite Listings
PermaLink News
Archived News
Submit News (Review RSS Feed)
Site Map
PCstats Wallpaper
About Us
Privacy Policy
Advertise on PCSTATS

How's Our Driving?
© Copyright 1999-2020 www.pcstats.com All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of Use.