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Disabling Unneeded Services
Table 13-2 (continued)
Security Accounts Manager
Acts as a database of account information that
is used for authentication and validation. This
is a system-critical service that should not be
Security Center
Monitors all of your security applications such as
antivirus and malware protection. This service
is also responsible for notification messages
that can drive advanced Windows users crazy.
Feel free to disable this service, but you will not
receive warnings if protection software such as
antivirus utilities and your firewall is turned off.
Sensor Monitoring Service
Monitors environment sensors that allow your
computer to adjust to different brightness levels
and other conditions.
Allows you to share files, printers, and other
devices over your network. This is not a
systemcritical service, but is often useful in a home
network environment and in the enterprise.
Shell Hardware Detection
Provides notification for AutoPlay hardware
Smart Card
Keeps track of smart cards that your computer
has used. Can be disabled if Smart Cards are
not used.
Smart Card Removal Policy
Monitors your smart card and locks your
computer when your smart card is removed.
Processes messages received by the Simple
Network Management Protocol.
Software Protection
Provides support for digital licenses for software
that are downloaded. Do not disable.
Spot Verifier
Checks for potential ilesystem corruption.
SSDP Discovery
Looks on your network using the SSDP protocol to
detect other compatible networked devices such
as game consoles and extender devices. You can
disable this service, but doing so affects Media
Center Extenders in addition to other PnP network
Still Image Acquisition Events
Starts related applications when you attach a
camera to your PC.
Storage Service
Provides support for storage-related group
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