Through hidden folder-sharing, someone can read your hard disk or access your printer via an administrator account that created by Windows. Windows XP Professional users who do not share a PC with others and do not want want their data accessible to others, can turn off the folder to prevent data-stealing.
The picture above shows the directory of what you need to disable the sharing mode of Windows
Click 'Start' to go to Start Menu, click at 'Control Panel', find and click 'Administrative Tools' and then double-click 'Computer Management'. Under 'Shared Folders', then go to 'Shares'. You will find all the drives, administrator accounts that created by Windows, printer / fax-sharing, and the IPC which enables communication between network programs via remote connection. The $ sign at the end of the folder name indicates that the sharing mode is hidden. Right-click on 'C $' and select 'Disable Sharing " to turn disable the sharing mode to drive C:. When Windows ask for confirmation, click 'Yes'. Do the same for others to disable this kind of connection.
Notes: Other users in the network no longer able to access data on drive C: and other drives that you have switched off. Disable the sharing mode only if your PC is not part of a network or if you do not allow anyone else to access your hard disk.
If you want to disable it permanently, you should go to Registry Editor by click Start Menu, go to 'Run' and type 'Regedit'. Go to directry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters . Set the value of 'Auto ShareWks' to '0'. And do the same to 'lanmanworkstation' and also set value to '0'.
: Disabling Sharing Mode of Windows XP
: Through hidden folder-sharing, someone can read your hard disk or access your printer via an administrator account that created by Windows. ...