Quote: Originally Posted by jaochoo
I would like to have one system (or user account) with highest possible security and performance. Only Firefox, Thunderbird and maybe a download manager communicating using the standard HTTP, FTP and POP/IMAP/SMTP ports should be allowed. Does someone know how I can achieve that, i.e. what services to disable, what programs to uninstall, etc.?
Best advice I can give you is to do it in a virtual machine with VMware or Virtual PC.
Main advantages are:
you would still have a fully operational system.
you can experiment with shutting down services.
If it goes wrong you chose not to apply to the virtual system and you're good.
If you encounter viruses you chose not to apply, reboot the virtual machine, and it's clean like a baby.
Just a thought.