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Windows 7: User Account Control: Most Annoying Feature Ever?

29 May 2012   #11
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I have UAC switched off as I found it a pain personally - I have never had any malware and I am not a saint when surfing but I don't do p2p or search for/use warez or ever open email attachments from an unknown source. I also run as admin for the same reason as not using UAC - I like to be in control of what I do and see on my computer. Have run as admin for many years without problems. I do image my system regularly but have never needed to restore due to malware but if you do lower your protection I think imaging is essential.

Just my experiences.


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29 May 2012   #12
elstupido

win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pincushion View Post
I have UAC switched off as I found it a pain personally - I have never had any malware and I am not a saint when surfing but I don't do p2p or search for/use warez or ever open email attachments from an unknown source. I also run as admin for the same reason as not using UAC - I like to be in control of what I do and see on my computer. Have run as admin for many years without problems. I do image my system regularly but have never needed to restore due to malware but if you do lower your protection I think imaging is essential.

Just my experiences.
What is your security set-up?
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29 May 2012   #13
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pincushion View Post
I have UAC switched off as I found it a pain personally - I have never had any malware and I am not a saint when surfing but I don't do p2p or search for/use warez or ever open email attachments from an unknown source. I also run as admin for the same reason as not using UAC - I like to be in control of what I do and see on my computer. Have run as admin for many years without problems. I do image my system regularly but have never needed to restore due to malware but if you do lower your protection I think imaging is essential.

Just my experiences.
It's your choice of course, but just to note that having UAC turned on actually gives you more control of your system by giving you the ability to allow or deny permission of anything to run as administrator first.
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29 May 2012   #14
TomBrooklyn

Win 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
yeah UAC can be a pain, but how long does it really take and how many times do you really have to click on Yes/No in a UAC prompt compared to having that sort of last line of security??

It's something that you should weigh carefully before just disabling.
Ah, my problem is I am in the process of setting up a new computer for my own use with a new copy of Windows 7 and a fresh copy of many applications. So I've been seeing this UAC warning ad nauseum.

Once I get the bulk of loading apps complete, I'll turn the UAC back on. Probably, it will only have to pop up occasionally after that. I can live with that, and I like the added security if I'm not being prompted unnecessarily 20 times/day.
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29 May 2012   #15
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

With UAC set to the default level, you will almost never see it. When doing a new install, turning it off while installing programs you already know are safe isn't a problem, as long as you remember to turn it back on.

My parents both got new laptops a couple years ago. At first my dad was getting annoyed with the UAC prompts as well, until my mom suddenly started having it pop-up every five minutes one day. She kept clicking No and had me come look at it. Ran a scan with MSE and it found a trojan. After that my parents keep UAC set to the maximam setting on both computers. So, yes, it does have its redeming qualities.
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29 May 2012   #16
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Answer depends upon the user and the situation:

I tried living with it for along time.

After extensive reading, you might find the article by Mark in that list of links that Brink gives interesting, then:
I've shut it down. and am far happier.
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29 May 2012   #17
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Tom, perceptions / tolerance levels vary with people & their personal situation.

Here UAC has been used on all computers since Vista days.
We do NOT find it intrusive or a waste of time.

IMHO the benefits outweigh the perceived negatives.
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29 May 2012   #18
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I turned off the UAC when I had Vista but left in on with Win 7.

New option in CCleaner as of 5/24/2012
Quote:
Added option to skip User Account Control (UAC) warning.
User Account Control:  Most Annoying Feature Ever?-cc-prompt.jpg

As for other programs Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create - Windows 7 Forums


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30 May 2012   #19
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by elstupido View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pincushion View Post
I have UAC switched off as I found it a pain personally - I have never had any malware and I am not a saint when surfing but I don't do p2p or search for/use warez or ever open email attachments from an unknown source. I also run as admin for the same reason as not using UAC - I like to be in control of what I do and see on my computer. Have run as admin for many years without problems. I do image my system regularly but have never needed to restore due to malware but if you do lower your protection I think imaging is essential.

Just my experiences.
What is your security set-up?
Hi

I use NIS 2011 at the moment, and have used Norton NIS for quite a while on this and another XP system and also use SpywareBlaster and have Spybot S & D but it doesn't get much use. NIS seems to to work for me. I use CCleaner regularly and although HiJackThis is not apparently that safe to use with W7 I still use that but mainly to monitor those programs insisting on installing what I don't want e.g. updating automatically. I install all Windows critical and recommended updates as soon as they appear and let Norton update at least every day. I image my system regularly perhaps now every two weeks or so and none of my restores has failed - have done dozens - so in my mind the system is as reliable as I want it to be. This works for me but I wouldn't recommend it to others unless they were comfortable tinkering and as I said do have a reliable method of restoring. Perhaps I just use too many tools that require admin permissions and UAC is just another block in the way.

I don't use System restore or Hibernation and use Macrium Reflect free edition for imaging and SyncBack free edition for backing up data to a second internal HDD and to USB drives.

I use IE9 for general surfing since I quite like the way it works. I know it is not the best but generally I am happy with it. For any other surfing I use the latest version of Firefox in Private mode with cache in memory and use Noscript. I don't have Java installed and use Foxit for PDFs. Since Scroogle vanished (shame) I use Startpage for Homepage now - have got fed up with Google and trying to avoid triggering pop-ups! I use RoboForm for storing web passwords and Truecrypt for personal data storage.

My system works fine for me but what we do with our machines and what knowledge we have is probably the most relevant so as I said previously I wouldn't recommend it outright but lowering the system protection can work if you are careful.

or your choice
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30 May 2012   #20
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pincushion View Post
I have UAC switched off as I found it a pain personally - I have never had any malware and I am not a saint when surfing but I don't do p2p or search for/use warez or ever open email attachments from an unknown source. I also run as admin for the same reason as not using UAC - I like to be in control of what I do and see on my computer. Have run as admin for many years without problems. I do image my system regularly but have never needed to restore due to malware but if you do lower your protection I think imaging is essential.

Just my experiences.
It's your choice of course, but just to note that having UAC turned on actually gives you more control of your system by giving you the ability to allow or deny permission of anything to run as administrator first.
I am relatively intelligent and hopefully quite sensible too so logically everything tells me that lowering system protection is foolish, unwise and unnecessary but my experiences tell me otherwise so I'm afraid it is convenience over safety for me. When I fall flat on my face I assure you I will be the first to point the finger - directly at me!

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