[Gpg4win-users-en] How do I prevent dirmngr.exe from starting up and running in the background?

Andre Heinecke aheinecke at intevation.de
Fri Sep 5 10:20:47 CEST 2014


On Friday, September 05, 2014 03:45 PM you wrote:
> What do you mean by "Under Linux dirmngr also runs as a service with its own
> user account"? Could you provide an example that is using Debian as the OS?

Not sure what you mean, dimngr gets started as a service running under the 
user dirmngr on debian if you have it installed.

> > Yes it is launched as a system service. You can disable this like any
> > other service in system settings / management / services.
> How do you disable it? I tried many times to disable it but dirmngr would
> reappear as a service after each boot.

1. Right click on Computer icon on your desktop or on computer in the 
2. Click on Manage
3. There is an entry Services and Applications.
4. Find dirmngr in the list and disable it.
> As it appears that dirmngr is resilient to being disabled, what I did was to
> use Symantec Endpoint Protection -my preferred antivirus, malware and
> firewall- to block it from communicating with the internet. Is that
> alright?

Uaaah, we just love it when some Protection tools interfere with the Software 
But yes as long as you do not use S/MIME at all you can pretty much do what 
you like with poor old dirmngr (Honestly I am not sure if you could not just 
delete it I have never checked what happens then)


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