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Windows 7: How to check if a program is working?

26 Oct 2014   #1
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How to check if a program is working?

Here's the situation. I'm using an account with admin rights (not the built in admin account) and I've heard that it's not a good idea to run browsers and the like using an admin account.

Anyway I'm trying SrtipMyRights: StripMyRights - Based on DropMyRights

Instructions state to run a browser as a normal user. (I assume this means Standard User in Windows 7)

So using the following command in the Opera browser shortcut does indeed launch the browser.

C:\Windows\System32\StripMyRights.exe /L N "Full Path To\opera.exe"

My question is how can I test that the browser is actually running with Standard User rights?


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26 Oct 2014   #2
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Process Explorer

Do you have Process Explorer?

You can add a column called "Integrity Level" to the display.
I think it's called that; I'm in LM17 now so I can't check.

You can then compare the browser values to your other User processes and the System processes.

You could also try downloading a file to a protected system folder (instead of your User folders).
Obviously, you should be careful if you try this.
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26 Oct 2014   #3
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Process Explorer and Integrity

I do have ProcessExplorer and had already used it to check integrity. It shows medium integrity for both:

Opera - old version without StripMyRights
Opera - newer verion with StripMyRights

The screenshot shows some differences under "Privilege" but I'm not sure exactly what this means.
How to check if a program is working?-opera.jpg


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26 Oct 2014   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Tried downloading sizeof.exe (I know it's a safe file)

Gammadyne's Free DOS Utilities

It's supposed to be placed in the root of C: but I tried saving in system32.

Both versions of Opera (StripMyRights vs without StripMyRights) refused to let me save the file there!
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26 Oct 2014   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Are you sure Opera doesn't have built-in "Integrity Level" control (i.e. it runs as Standard even in an Administrator account)?

Does the account you're using, still offer "Run as administrator" in the context menu?
If yes, does using it to launch Opera make any difference?
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26 Oct 2014   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Run as Admin is the key

Thanks very much indeed.

Running Opera as Admin from the right click context menu with StripMyRights gives the following error:
How to check if a program is working?-opera-2.jpg
Running the other version of Opera as Admin from the right click context menu without StripMyRights:

I can then save the file to system32 - no problem.

I guess we can say that the question has been solved. Many thanks indeed!


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26 Oct 2014   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Sorry - Can't rep you at this point in time Lehnerus2000
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26 Oct 2014   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Turning off UAC on an user:admin account and using StripMyRights results in a non-functioning browser.

How to check if a program is working?-opera.png

Subsequent attempts to surf to websites result in waiting forever for the page to load.


Running the browser without StripMyRights, results in a working browser running processes at the following integrity levels:

How to check if a program is working?-opera2.png


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26 Oct 2014   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Thanks very much indeed.

Running Opera as Admin from the right click context menu with StripMyRights gives the following error:
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How did you launch Opera from the context menu and still use StripMyRights?

Using an elevated command prompt to results in the same crash that I mentioned above:

How to check if a program is working?-opera3.png


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27 Oct 2014   #10
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Sorry - Can't rep you at this point in time Lehnerus2000
No problems.

I often run into that issue myself (I guess I need to hand out more Rep).
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