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Windows 7: Users turning off UAC put their PCs at risk, says Microsoft

06 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 
Malware turns off Windows UAC

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Computerworld - Microsoft this week urged users to keep an oft-criticized Windows security feature turned on, even as it said that more malware is disabling the tool.

User Account Control (UAC) is the feature that debuted in Vista and revised in Windows 7 that prompts users to approve certain actions, including software installation.

UAC was "universally hated" in Vista, and was a major complaint about the unsuccessful operating system, a Gartner security analyst said more than two years ago.

"From a usability standpoint, no one was happy. And from a security standpoint, no one was happy either, because we knew that people get 'click fatigue,'" said John Pescatore of Gartner in the months before Windows 7's launch.

Microsoft took the complaints to heart, and downplayed UAC in Windows 7 after its data showed users got irritated when they faced more than two such prompts in a session at the computer.

This week, Microsoft's Malware Protection Center (MMPC) said that malware was increasingly turning off UAC as a way to disguise its presence on infected PCs.
Malware turns off Windows' UAC, warns Microsoft - Computerworld

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06 Aug 2011   #2
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Users turning off UAC put their PCs at risk, says Microsoft

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Malware abusing admin privileges on the increase
An alarming number of Windows users are needlessly opening themselves up to attacks by rootkit and worm malware by turning off the User Access Control (UAC) that comes with Windows 7 and Vista, Microsoft has reported.
Users turning off UAC put their PCs at risk, says Microsoft - Techworld.com
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06 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Everyone who had that turned on, in my experience, was still infected.
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06 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

well if it wasn't over zealous every time i did something or had an option to "remember this" it would still be turned on, on mine
but when it ask.... a program wants to run did you do this and you click yes then it pops up several tame after say are you sure? did you really do this? don't you mine if your pc blows up? and don't come crying to me if your PC messes up!!!
oh and not to mention the lag taken to initialize
MS need to take time to improve it before the wine about how people have turned it off...... well that's my opinion anyway
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06 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ripbox View Post
well if it wasn't over zealous every time i did something or had an option to "remember this" it would still be turned on, on mine
but when it ask.... a program wants to run did you do this and you click yes then it pops up several tame after say are you sure? did you really do this? don't you mine if your pc blows up? and don't come crying to me if your PC messes up!!!
oh and not to mention the lag taken to initialize
If it had an ability to "remember to allow this to elevate to admin", it really wouldn't provide any protection any more for that application.

My UAC only comes up 1 time, when I first launch the application...it shouldn't be repeatedly nagging you.

I don't have any lag time. As soon as I click on the icon of a program with a shield, my screen darkens and the prompt pops up. It's no more than 1/4 second.

On a desktop computer, I've never turned UAC off. I hardly even notice it's there. I'm always baffled by those who are so turned off by it, and bothered by the prompts. I'm unsure why every single application you seem to run wants to elevate to admin privileges. In looking at my box, the only apps I have that I use regularly that throw a UAC prompt are Acronis True Image (I run about once every 2 weeks), and malware bytes (about once per month)
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06 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

OK so maybe im just impatient.... a few seconds can last a long time IMO
Again not every program will warrant a repeated set of assurance queries but there are many i use that do and it becomes truly annoying
As a more advanced user i would prefer to ask UAC to remember my decisions
for example every time i boot UAC will question Uguru (OC utility)... i trust this program but UAC will not remember that its a trusted program and thus every start-up will prompt an allow or deny and dramatically increasing start-up performance
If you could tell it to trust the source then it wouldn't be an issue for me but till then its disabled
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06 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I leave mine on and it's currently at the default settings. On Windows Vista, I have to agree that it was dead annoying but on Windows 7, it's a pleasure working with UAC now... there's not so much prompt at all. the only software I use that keeps telling me it needs admin rights is because it isn't compatible Aero and needs to change the theme in order to run... no big deal.
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06 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
I leave mine on and it's currently at the default settings. On Windows Vista, I have to agree that it was dead annoying but on Windows 7, it's a pleasure working with UAC now... there's not so much prompt at all. the only software I use that keeps telling me it needs admin rights is because it isn't compatible Aero and needs to change the theme in order to run... no big deal.

I never really paid this much mind as it was like this on vista too

It is a good thing to have if you want to make sure you are getting the correct application

Also if you really insist on overriding the prompt it will let you do so at your own risk

Most users buy machines premade with tons of bloatware not to mention unnessary utilities

IMHO I would just be carefull about freeware and supposed file cleaners etc some of them are promted as virus as well

But in a perfect world viruses would never be a issue .Let's face it though there are people purposly making virus just for the sake of messing things up so no matter what we're really not safe just have to be carefull
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06 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ripbox View Post
well if it wasn't over zealous every time i did something or had an option to "remember this" it would still be turned on, on mine
but when it ask.... a program wants to run did you do this and you click yes then it pops up several tame after say are you sure? did you really do this? don't you mine if your pc blows up? and don't come crying to me if your PC messes up!!!
oh and not to mention the lag taken to initialize
MS need to take time to improve it before the wine about how people have turned it off...... well that's my opinion anyway
Hallelujah and Amen could not of said it better myself.
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06 Aug 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ripbox View Post
OK so maybe im just impatient.... a few seconds can last a long time IMO
Impatience can get your machine infected. Even with a system image it can take about 30 minutes to get you back online. Without a system image maybe a day or two to get your machine to where it was before the infection.

So let's see ... a few seconds to click on that "annoying" prompt, or a full day or more to reinstall and reconfigure everything. Hmm ...
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