By Ellie / Last Updated November 17, 2021

I don’t want anyone to have access to my computer

“If someone here can tell me how to turn off Remote Desktop Services on my Windows 10? I have highly sensitive information on my computer and I don’t want anyone to have access to it or my personal data. I don’t want remote assistance now, or probably never will. How can I stop remote access to my computer? Hope someone knows how to do this.”

How can I stop remote access to my computer?

For safety concerns, many users are wondering “How do I disable remote access to my computer?”. Here in this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to stop remote access on Windows 10 by disabling Windows Remote Desktop and closing the firewall ports.

Disable remote access to computer over Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance 

Step 1. Double-click Control Panel on your desktop to open it. Find and click on System and Security.

System and Security

Step 2. Under the System section, click the Allow remote access option.

Allow Remote Access Options

Step 3. Switch to the Remote tab. Under the Remote Assistance section, clear the Allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer option and tick Don’t allow remote connections to this computer. Then click Apply and OK.

Disable Remote Access

Once you complete these steps, the Windows Remote Desktop will stay disabled on your computer unless you manually enable it in the future.

Don't allow Remote Desktop and Remote Desktop Assistance in Firewall

Step 1. Navigate here: Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall. Then click Allow an app through Windows Firewall.

All an App Through Windows Firewall

Step 2. Click the Change settings button. Then clear the Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop option. Click the OK button.

Dont Allow Remote Assistance

Safe remote access software: AnyViewer

As shown above, the process of turning off Remote Desktop on Windows 10 is a little troublesome. Here we provide you with an easy-to-operate free remote access software, AnyViewer. More importantly, after remote connection,  it is quite easy to disable remote access over AnyViewer. You just need to go to Settings > Recipient, and then disable the three options, your device is not enabled to be accessed using AnyViewer anymore. 

Do Not Allow Remote Control

Besides, AnyViewer is a safe remote access software developed by a strong technical team and is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, protecting your data from leakage during the remote session. Next, we’ll introduce the two connection methods of AnyViewer to you.

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Methods 1. Send a control request

Step 1. Download, install, and open AnyViewer on both devices. Then you can see the device ID.

Temporary Code

Step 2. Ask for the device ID of the recipient, input it and then click Connect. Then click Send a control request to your partner.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. Then recipient will receive a request on the lower-right corner of their screen. Click the green button to make the connection successful.

Request to Control Your Device

Step 4. During the remote session, the recipient can end the remote session at any time just by clicking the red button, which further protects the data safety of the host computer.

End Remote Session

Methods 2. Input security code

Step 1. You can see your temporary security code on the main interface.

Copy the Temporary Security Code

Step 2. Go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the permanent security code.  

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. The controller needs to input the device ID of the recipient and then click Connect.


Step 4. Choose Input a security code and click OK (you can input either the permanent security code or the temporary security code of the recipient).

Security Code