Disable Automatic Wireless Configuration in Windows 7
By Stephen Bucaro
Windows provides two services that configure your PC to connect to a wireless
network. WLAN AutoConfig which sets up your computer to connect to a wireless
local area network, and WWAN AutoConfig which sets up your computer to connect
to mobile broadband services. Both of these services are started automatically
when you start your PC. However, if you don't use a wireless network or mobile
broadband, for security reasons you may want to disable these services.
To disable WLAN AutoConfig and WWAN AutoConfig, select the Administrative Tools
group in Control Panel. In the Administrative Tools window, double-click on
Services. In the Services window, scroll down to WLAN AutoConfig. Double-click
on WLAN AutoConfig, and in the WLAN AutoConfig Properties dialog box that
appears, change Startup type to Manual. Click on the [Apply] button, then click
on the [OK] button.
Similarly, to disable WWAN AutoConfig, in the Services window, scroll down to
WWAN AutoConfig. Double-click on WWAN AutoConfig, and in the WWAN
AutoConfig Properties dialog box that appears, change Startup type to Manual.
Click on the [Apply] button, then click on the [OK] button.
Since both of these services were already started, you'll need to restart your
PC to make the new startup methods take effect. Now you have one more
assurance that someone can't hack into your computer wirelessly.
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