Q

Using "netstat" to display open ports on a Windows XP computer

Are there any free utilities that can show me what ports are open on my Windows XP box? How do I close some of them to make my computer more secure?
Use the built in tool "netstat" to display the open ports on your Windows XP computer. When you use netstat, all of the TCP connections and the TCP and UDP ports open on the computer will be displayed. You can find more information about netstat in the Windows XP built-in help and support center.

Ports are usually opened because some service needs it. You can close ports by disabling services. Just remember,...

some services are required by the computer to do the job it has to do.

This was first published in August 2004

Dig Deeper

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchVirtualDesktop

  • Virtual desktop security guide

    To secure virtual desktops, consider antivirus, certificates and network vulnerabilities. Just remember, VDI doesn't always ...

  • Guide to low-cost desktop virtualization

    In this guide, learn to virtualize desktops without spending more than you would when deploying PCs, and what VDI vendors are ...

  • VDI pilot project guide

    A VDI pilot project should start with a VDI project plan. Know what pitfalls to avoid and test product options to achieve a ...

SearchWindowsServer

SearchExchange

Close