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Windows 7: UAC Shields appeared on desktop icons

10 Jan 2015   #11
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gator View Post
Try this solution.. First, rename the original file for backup purposes.
  1. Set on the option "View hidden files and folders" Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
  2. Go to C:\Users\"username"\App Data\Local\ where IconCache.db file is.
  3. Rename it (for example: IconCache1.db) or create a new folder there and put it inside.
  4. Hide system files and folders again.
Then try this command
  1. Make sure UAC (User Account Control) is disabled by moving its slider to the lowest position.
  2. Open the Command Prompt. Elevated Command Prompt
  3. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each line:
    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local DEL IconCache.db /a shutdown /r
NOTE: The last command will restart your computer, so make sure you save your work BEFORE executing those 4 lines above!
If you ever experience the shield icon again (I believe that's impossible now), just repeat the third step. Good luck!


Solution found here along with others:
How to Remove UAC Icon Overlays (Blue-Yellow Shields) in Windows 7 - Super User
In addition, OPTION ONE in the tutorial below will help make it easier to reset the icon cache instead of doing it manually above.

Icon Cache - Rebuild
Nice link Brink. Thanks


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10 Jan 2015   #12
Stan250

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

ThrashZone:
"It would be nice to know which programs are effected please follow up on the inquiry".


I have only re-installed two of the previously affected programs so far both of which are affected again: The control panel for FTX Central, which is the scenery control panel from ORBX and the other is the Estonia Migration Tool start-up which allows flight simulator FSX programs to be installed into Prepar3d when they think they are going into FSX.

I think what must have happened is that this laptop, which is 3 weeks old, came with the UAC setting on lowest (I noticed it was on lowest when I re-installed Windows 7). Later on, something must have happened to increase the setting to level 3, which caused the shields to appear (possibly a registry cleaner I used).
This installation, I increased the level to 3 which must have caused the shields to appear.
Will report back on the fix suggested in a day or two as I am going on a trip tomorrow.
Many thanks for all your fast and attentive responses!....much appreciated.

Edit: The Prepar3d program itself, whilst being a .exe, has never had the shield on the shortcut regardless of the level of UAC.
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11 Jan 2015   #13
Stan250

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I did the icon re-build and the only change was that the migration tool had the shield added to it, which had disappeared after lowering and then raising back the UAC level...although it still requested permission without the shield. I also did the last option offered...adding the .exe key to the registry.

Some of the .exe programs have no and have never had shields. The ones which do now, did not before and I am uncertain that when they didn't, that the UAC was on the lowest level.
ORBX NZMF is a .xml, the others are all .exe.
I don't know what to do now.
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11 Jan 2015   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It goes back to what I originally posted. This is normal and is done by design in Windows. If they "Run as administrator", then they will have the UAC shield overlay on the icon. If they don't, then they eventually will.

UAC Shields appeared on desktop icons
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11 Jan 2015   #15
Stan250

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I just don't understand this...the Nvidia control panel is able to make considerable changes to the way this computer works and has no shield, yet the NZMF allows me to choose whether or not I want to see dandelions by the runway at a tiny airport in the south island of New Zealand and I have to give it special permission to do so.
A vice-like MS grip which makes no sense appears to have descended on my computer.
Can I change these individually somehow?
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11 Jan 2015   #16
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You can stop adjusting your uac settings and leave it at the recommended level
It's a little shield why make a fuss about it :/
Use small icons and you can't probably even see them
Cheers.
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11 Jan 2015   #17
Stan250

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

From what I can see, none of these programs have ever run as administrator.
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11 Jan 2015   #18
Stan250

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
You can stop adjusting your uac settings and leave it at the recommended level
It's a little shield why make a fuss about it :/
Use small icons and you can't probably even see them
Cheers.
It means that every time I want to use these icons I don't just go to the program, I have to go through the permission process...greyed out screen, pop up box. If it was just the appearance it would not matter.

And as for leaving the UAC settings alone....well it was the manufacturer tech support who advised me that the shields should disappear when lowering the level; when they didn't, he told me that there was something wrong, which I have been trying to fix since then.
So there is no need to be rude to me and to take that kind of attitude just because I am trying to get my computer to run smoothly as it did before. Please don't respond to any further posts I may make Thrashzone.
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11 Jan 2015   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stan250 View Post
From what I can see, none of these programs have ever run as administrator.
If you get a UAC prompt when you run a program, it's asking you Yes/No to allow the program to "Run as administrator".
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11 Jan 2015   #20
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

No real tech is going to tell you how to put your machine at more risk via your inquiry "Is this a security risk lowering uac settings" Yes it is,
Cheers and good luck nothing is wrong,
Cheers.
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