Softpedia Editor's Review for XP-Antispy
Disables all the known 'Suspicious' Functions in Windows XP
Written by Elena Opris on February 27th, 2013
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XP-Antispy allows you to gain control over your OS’s behavior by enabling you to disable certain functions that slow your computer down or make it prone to virus infections.
XP-Antispy can stop various processes (that are enabled by default) from running on your computer. It has the ability to disable automatic updates and various authentication processes in Windows.
Installation is extremely easy, and the user interface is simple, yet intuitive. The main window is populated with the items that you can tweak; all that remains to be done is navigate the list and check or uncheck the functions in question.
What’s more, you can create multiple user profiles and switch between them rapidly. There are also a few built-in profiles: neutral(almost all tweaks are disabled), suggested (scheme created by the developer) and System Default (undo function for all the tweaks).
Here’s a short summary of the application’s features: you can control the functions in Media Player, such as disabling automatic acquisition of licenses, automatic codec download, sending information about player usage to Microsoft, allowing its uninstall, and others.
Plus, you have control over the network, Internet Explorer (e.g. disable automatic or scheduled updates), services, MSN Messenger, and tweaks. Each option from the list comes with quick information tips at the bottom of the window, in case you have doubts about its role.
Be careful though, as you might tamper with some essential tools for Windows. For instance, you can completely disable the firewall, leaving you unarmed against malicious online threats.
All in all, XP-Antispy is addressed especially to advanced users. The tweaks it provides might seriously harm your computer if you’re less experienced in this area.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Reworked setting Hide shortcut arrow because it was not always working on 64bit systems.
· Removed setting Deny access to 16-Bit-Applications from Suggested profile
· Fixed several errors occurring on 64bit systems
· The menu Profiles now contains the entry Check profile at logon. If there’s a check mark in front of, the xp-AntiSpy will check the current selected profile everytime you logon to your system. If a setting does not conform to that profile you will be presented a dialog window, asking to reapply the profile.
· Due to the amount of settings in the xp-AntiSpy it get’s complicated if you look for a special one. So I added a search field which can be enabled by selecting the menu Special>Show search field. Once you enter a search term it will be searched in all setting names and the according info text for that setting. Then only the matching settings will be presented to you in the overview. To reset the search, just press the escape key.