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Windows 7: Running light


13 Jun 2011   #11

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
If your PC runs fine with all that armoury, theres no harm in continuing with that. You dont have to be light because other people are. Also, step out and experiment instead of asking people whats good for you. Make sure your data is backed up at all times, then fiddle, you'll learn much better that way. Just my opinion, no offence meant.
None taken thanks for the reply. You never know when someone will have the answer your looking for, so im all ears if somebody does come up with an easy tweak. Tnx

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14 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I am security minded, and as I type, my browser (Chrome) is sandboxed with avast! Internet Security while WinPatrol Plus, MBAM and Hitman Pro are all standing by for their by-weekly on demand scan. All of that said, the best thing that I have done to my Windows 7 machine, is to turn off UAC. Wow, it's like I have a computer from the 20th century again!

Yes, I know all about not having the "always click me, no matter what" program enabled, and that it also deactivates IE9 protected mode, but since I never ever use IE9, I could care less. UAC is absolutely ridiculous.
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14 Jun 2011   #13

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
I am security minded, and as I type, my browser (Chrome) is sandboxed with avast! Internet Security while WinPatrol Plus, MBAM and Hitman Pro are all standing by for their by-weekly on demand scan. All of that said, the best thing that I have done to my Windows 7 machine, is to turn off UAC. Wow, it's like I have a computer from the 20th century again!

Yes, I know all about not having the "always click me, no matter what" program enabled, and that it also deactivates IE9 protected mode, but since I never ever use IE9, I could care less. UAC is absolutely ridiculous.
I understand what your saying, but ive decided to go with the lesser of two I dont care for googles positions on privacy so ie-9 gets the nod for now. Since i surf from a lua account and dont download or change things very often, i dont see my uac much
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14 Jun 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
All of that said, the best thing that I have done to my Windows 7 machine, is to turn off UAC. Wow, it's like I have a computer from the 20th century again!
Wonders why your computer would be faster now with UAC off. Were you getting UAC prompts every 2 seconds? Do you only use programs that require you to be an admin? I've run with UAC on since day 1 and it's hardly a bother. In fact, I rarely see it.
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14 Jun 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I saw UAC for CCleaner, all my Auslogics programs, MBAM, HMP, WinPatrol, Slimdrivers, ect, ect... Disabling UAC didn't actually speed up my computer, it just makes getting to those programs easy again. UAC is just a false sense of security to me.
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15 Jun 2011   #16

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

A good tweak I would recommend would be using EMET for Windows. Look it up in tutorials from Brink. It's a friendly GUI for users to optimize Window's protection systems like DEP, ASLR, etc. It doesn't inhibit any performance as far as I am aware of, and makes sure the protection systems are always active. Adds security without adding weight.
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15 Jun 2011   #17

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows 911 View Post
A good tweak I would recommend would be using EMET for Windows. Look it up in tutorials from Brink. It's a friendly GUI for users to optimize Window's protection systems like DEP, ASLR, etc. It doesn't inhibit any performance as far as I am aware of, and makes sure the protection systems are always active. Adds security without adding weight.
Very good!!! That is what im looking for Good job Windows Many blessings
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15 Jun 2011   #18

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

No problem, you are very welcome
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15 Jun 2011   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
UAC is just a false sense of security to me.
I don't understand.

Let's say that you run into some sort of spyware/malware and now all of a sudden your browser throws a UAC prompt indicating to you that it needs to now run as administrator. By disabling UAC, you simply allow it to elevate to admin and it potentially does damage. With the UAC prompt in your face, you hopefully stop and thing WTF...why does Firefox/Chrome/IE/Safari all of a sudden need admin access.

I'm unsure why this would constitute a false sense of security. The entire purpose is to alert you to situations when applications require an elevation of privileges.

I just don't find my prompts annoying. The only programs that I use regularly which seem to prompt are 1). Acronis..I launch about once every 1-2 weeks to backup my system 2). malwarebytes..I launch about once per week and do a scan for any problems.
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15 Jun 2011   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I guess my logic is, sense UAC pops up all of the time (for me anyways) with nothing more then a "Hey D, are you sure you want to do this?" pop-up that needs to be clicked to proceed, then the user (for me anyways) just hits OK.................. It's like the boy who cried wolf. My other security apps are far more protective then the wolf button.
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