Wednesday, November 17, 2004

An Easy Way to Disable/Enable Windows Scripting Host

Windows Scripting Host is a component of MS Windows 9x, 2K and XP that allows Visual Basic Script programs to run. VBS files can be used to automate tasks in Windows, but they most commonly encountered by home users as viruses. So, by disabling WSH when it's unneed you can help secure your PC.

Symantec now has a free program called "noscript.exe" which you can download to your PC and which allows you to disable or reenable WSH with a couple of mouse clicks. Grab it here (and read Symantec's article for some background).

Note that Windows Update won't work with WSH disabled, so you'll need to turn it back on when you patch your PC.

2 comments:

CompuDave said...

Not really surprising, I've always considered window update to be sort of a virus.

Anonymous said...

The link for Symantec tool "NoScript" has changed, the new location is:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/noscript.exe