How do I disable various networking apps?

Posted on 2008-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-05

First-time asker here, trying to find some info and this seemed like the right place to go.

I have a PC (not a server) here at my IT job that I want to remove access to networking applications - FTP, RDP, Telnet, SSH, and xWindows.  This is to make the PC totally secure when coworkers connect remotely from abroad.

Is there a way to do this in Windows?  I'm concerned that if I download some external tool that its network activity will disrupt the work that is to be done on this PC (constant back-and-forth communication with another server for about an hour at a time).  I'm convinced that it did so when I tried using Comodo software.

Is this something I could set up through Group Policy?  I simply don't want these applications to start.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


-- Marcel
Question by:MarcelKH
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3

Expert Comment

ID: 22643167
disable inbound and outbound connections for those services in the firewall

Author Comment

ID: 22644358

Thanks for responding.  I wanted to follow up on your question - is this something that I could do at the PC level?

I ask because I am not an Admin and cannot make changes to the Corporate Firewall, just on my PCs.


Expert Comment

ID: 22644516
you can do it on your PC's firewall. check your firewall documentation on how to block ftp, telnet, ...etc
hope this helps
Create the perfect environment for any meeting

You might have a modern environment with all sorts of high-tech equipment, but what makes it worthwhile is how you seamlessly bring together the presentation with audio, video and lighting. The ATEN Control System provides integrated control and system automation.


Author Comment

ID: 22659444
I think I see what you're saying - do II need to uncheck the various entries in the Exceptions tab?

Expert Comment

ID: 22661213
yes exactly.

Author Comment

ID: 22702641
Sorry to continue to be a bother, but this isn't working for outgoing connections.  Does Windows Firewall have that capability?

Accepted Solution

khaledf earned 250 total points
ID: 22702957
actually this is a limitation of windows firewall, but still it should work, since outbound connection is blocked then it means no traffic should come inside.

if you want more advanced firewall you can try zonealarm or any other 3rd part firewalls

Featured Post

Don't Miss ATEN at InfoComm 2017!

Visit booth #2167 to see the  new ATEN VM3200 32 x 32 Modular Matrix Switch. Other highlights include the VE8950 4K HDMI Over IP Extender, VS1912 12-Port DP Video Wall Media Player  and VK2100 ATEN Control System. Register now with Free Pass Code ATEN288!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
ASA NAT rule change 3 83
Raid 6 or Raid 10 configuration 10 126
FUN:  Brainstorming Categories and names for Tech-themed dog Names 20 83
Network access 24 58
When it comes to security, there are always trade-offs between security and convenience/ease of administration. This article examines some of the main pros and cons of using key authentication vs password authentication for hosting an SFTP server.
For many of us, the  holiday season kindles the natural urge to give back to our friends, family members and communities. While it's easy for friends to notice the impact of such deeds, understanding the contributions of businesses and enterprises i…
This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…
In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question