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The xp-AntiSpy is a little utility that lets you disable some built-in update and authentication 'features' in WindowsXP.
For example, there's a service running in the background which is called 'Automatic Updates'. I don't know what this service transfers from my machine to other machines on the internet, especially the MS ones. So I play it safe and disable such functions. If you like, you can even disable these functions manually, by going through the System and checking or unchecking some checkboxes. This will take you approximately half an hour. But why wast time when a little neat utility can do the same in 1 minute? This utility was successfully tested by lots of users, and was found to disable all the known 'Suspicious' Functions in WindowsXP. It's customiseable, but comes up with the Default settings, which are recommended. This utility is DONATIONWARE! This means, you don't have to pay anything for this program and you can give it to anyone who's interested in it, as long as you don't sell it. If you find this tool useful, and wanna gimme something back, think about donating a small amount of money.
Notes for both:
Both addons are English only and tested on a working windows, not via windows setup. FGCBA warns about an undefined inf file. Its safe to ignore. All shortcuts and entries will be deleted after uninstall.
If you use both of these, no conflicts will occur. You will see 2 xp-AntiSpy items in control panel
This one is installing in system32 folder. Puts a shortcut in startmenu/all programs/Utilities. Fully uninstallable via Add/Remove Programs. Name is "xp-AntiSpy 3.96-4 CPL" in Add/Remove Programs.
Size: 241KB / MD5: 9172B383BE2C0E89F841C1600084766F
And this one is being installed in ProgramFiles\xp-AntiSpy folder. It has shortcuts in StartMenu\xp-AntiSpy. Default shortcuts are added (Website, helpfile, exe and uninstall). Fully uninstallable via Add/Remove programs also via StartMenu uninstall shortcut. I used a cmd file to launch uninstall in startmenu. CPL entry is made. Name is "xp-AntiSpy 3.96-4 CPL" in Add/Remove Programs.
Size: 241KB / MD5: 2D836C64E56DAC39FAAAE991400A49AF
2007-02-18: Re-compressed both addons for smaller size.
2006-01-04: Lite 1.1: Modified a bit for not conflicting with standart one.