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guess what? I got to the xinetd.d directory and yes there is a service for echo and chargen and both were set to disable.
However, i was also after the services such as tftp and RIP and SNMP but they were not in there!!!
Where else are these service files located on the machine? I run languard from the internet and it says i have got these ports open however, i cannot seem to find out where they are and how to disable them.
Just a thought - if it is your external IP you are scanning with languard there's a chance it could be your ISP's proxy that it is showing having these ports open not your computer - is it the same for the internal IP?
I'd set my firewall to high, scan it again and if languard came up with the same results I'd start to doubt it or try nmap and see what that comes up with too.
Distribution: Slackware, (Non-Linux: Solaris 7,8,9; OSX; BeOS)
Look in /etc/rc.d or /etc/init.d for starters. Anyway, there'll be startup scripts somewhere (most likely under /etc) and you can either chmod -x them or comment out the relevant parts of the scripts. . .
I don't know what distribution you are using, but it makes a difference to where the files are and how you stop programs from running.