How to Turn Off Remote Access

by Margaret Worthington

Remote access is a set of Windows XP features that let other people connect to your computer and control it. This overall feature is intended for troubleshooting, remote control and remote help sessions, but if you don't use it and you don't plan on using it, disabling remote access to your computer can help secure your computer against potential attackers.

Click on the "Start" button and right-click on "My Computer."

Click on the "Remote" tab after clicking on the "Properties" button.

Remove the check mark from the check box next to the label "Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer."

Remove the check mark from the check box next to the label "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer."

Click "OK" and the computer immediately turns off remote access to the machine.

About the Author

Margaret Worthington has been writing and editing since 2001. Her work includes editorials and articles for a college newspaper, toy articles for Hasbro, copy-editing a romance novel and rewriting a publication for "GreenBlue." Worthington holds an Associate of Arts in English and journalism from Piedmont Virginia Community College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Virginia.