The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system adds many network security improvements to familiar features that were included in previous versions of the Windows operating system, such as Internet Connect Sharing. If you notice an icon labelled "Internet Gateway" in the Windows 7 "Network Connections" utility, it means Internet Connect Sharing and network discovery are enabled. You can disable Internet Connect Sharing and network discovery if these features are not in use. Doing this will remove the "Internet Gateway" icon and increase your computer's security.
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Things you need
- Windows 7 administrator password
Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 desktop taskbar and then click "Control Panel." Type "adapter" in the search box, located in the upper right corner of the Control Panel window.
Click the "View Network Connections" item in the "Network and Sharing Center" area. Right-click on the network connection that has Internet Connect Sharing enabled and click "Properties" in the menu that appears. Provide confirmation or type your Windows 7 administrator password if you are prompted to do so and press the "Enter" key.
Click the "Sharing" tab. Click to clear the check box labelled "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection."
Type "network" in the search box near the top of the Control Panel window and click "Network and Sharing Center."
Click "Change advanced sharing settings" in the Network and Sharing Center window.
Click the small arrow or chevron and then click the "Turn off network discovery" radio button. Click "Save Changes" and provide confirmation or type your Windows 7 administrator password if prompted and press the "Enter" key.
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