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I have mentioned this trick two times before but it was buried (deep) in two threads. But this neat trick simply requires - IMO - (much) more attention.

If a user has an AV program installed then one can switch off MS WinDefender. If the user has installed a AV package that comes with a Firewall then the user can switch off the MS Firewall as well.
"Windows Repair" offers an option called "Set Services to Default Startup". The user can select which services are run upon startup by modifying the file "Services_startup.txt" (in a subfolder of WR).

1. make the following changes in the file "Services_startup.txt" (in a subfolder of WR).
- "sc config MpsSvc start= automatic"   ===>   "......... start= disabled" (MS Firewall).
- "sc config WinDefend start= automatic"   ===>   "......... start= disabled" (MS Windows Defender).
2. Tick the box "Set services to startup default" in WR.
3. Run WR & restart your computer. Done.
Using this procedure enables WR to repair the MS Firewall and other (sub-)systems of Windows but then WR disables those services at the end of the program.

(Some more exprienced computer users recommend to use a AV and a firewall of different sources. Use the AV program from e.g. AVAST but switch off the AVAST firewall and use the MS firewall instead. Then when the AVAST program suite "breaks down" then it won't "take down" the MS firewall as well.)

These are two examples of how WR can be of use by tweaking/improving one's computer performance. Less services running means a better performance. There're other services that can be switched off as well. The website "BlackViper" (www.blackviper.com) offers a good overview of which services are safe to switch off and which services shouldn't be switched off at all.

Website:
http://www.blackviper.com

Windows 7 SP 1 configurations.
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/
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Re: Using WR to optimize performance. (e.g MS Defender & Firewall)
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 03:23:33 PM »
The only problem is detecting if a user has another antivirus or firewall installed.

I should be able to pull that info from WMI, I just havent ever tried yet :-)

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Re: Using WR to optimize performance. (e.g MS Defender & Firewall)
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 04:04:02 PM »
Agree. But when a user has a non MS AV or a non MS Firewall running than that should be obvious for someone who knows how to pull up that info.

The point of this thread was to show how someone can use WR to set Services to a desired state. And MS WinDefender & MS Firewall are two examples of that.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2013, 04:17:54 PM by Willy2 »

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Re: Using WR to optimize performance. (e.g MS Defender & Firewall)
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 04:12:30 PM »
Sorry bud, I didnt pay attention you posted this in the user guide sections lol

One thing I may do is add a built in text file editor int he program to make it easier for users :-)

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Re: Using WR to optimize performance. (e.g MS Defender & Firewall)
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 04:31:40 PM »
Perhaps you can add additional info to WR that offers a better explanation how the user can modify/change the start up state of those Services with this feature. Making it too easy is also not desirable because then a user could easily ruin one's computer system. Itīs difficult to say what precisely the best approach is.

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Re: Using WR to optimize performance. (e.g MS Defender & Firewall)
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 04:32:57 PM »
Very VERY true.

The hardest part. To give the advanced users the true control they need while still protecting the non advanced users :wink:

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Re: Using WR to optimize performance. (e.g MS Defender & Firewall)
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2013, 07:01:19 AM »
I found out that the trick as mentioned in post #1 of this thread, only works for Win 7 (Vista ?) and higher. The trick fails to work for Windows XP. For this trick to work in XP the user has to use a slightly different approach.

To disable the MS firewall in Win XP the user must add the following line to the file "Service_startup.txt" (in a subfolder of WR):

"sc config sharedaccess start= disabled"
« Last Edit: July 17, 2013, 09:27:56 AM by Willy2 »