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Windows 7: Do you use UAC (User Account Control)?

11 Jun 2013   #11
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

You guys make it sound like the end of the world is coming with it turned off.

I do a system image once a week so if the worst did ever happen I would be back to normal within minutes.

It's the way I like it and that is that.


Paul.


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11 Jun 2013   #12
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

Yes, I do and it forces me to enter the password for the admin account. It's pretty much the same as Linux Mint, except the UAC cannot be disabled in Linux Mint. At least not by my knowledge level of this Linux.

Malware can routinely bypass/disable UAC and my system also has MS EMET running to block buffer-overflows in internet connected and other applications.
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11 Jun 2013   #13
md2lgyk

Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

One of the first things I did after upgrading to Win 7 was disable UAC. It was so annoying I couldn't stand it. It's not an age thing - I'm 65. I am the only user of my laptop and, believe it or not, in 15 years of using the internet, have never once been hijacked or infected with anything. UAC may be useful for some, but I'll take my chances.
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11 Jun 2013   #14
derekimo

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Mine is at default setting, doesn't really bother me.

You should make this a poll.
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11 Jun 2013   #15
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

No, I have it disabled.
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11 Jun 2013   #16
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
You guys make it sound like the end of the world is coming with it turned off.
The end of the world is coming, regardless of the UAC settings...

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I do a system image once a week so if the worst did ever happen I would be back to normal within minutes.

It's the way I like it and that is that.


Paul.
For each of its own...

Malware nowadays isn't as noticeable as it used to be, especially the ones that trying to steal your information, money, etc. The seemingly a OK system may have this type of malware running in the background, collecting information, transferring your money, etc. Once you notice some issues and restore from backup, the chances are that this type of malware will be restored as well.
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11 Jun 2013   #17
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Yes, I view it as the last line of defence to getting something installed on my system.
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11 Jun 2013   #18
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

Quote:
"Cr00zng"
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Malware nowadays isn't as noticeable as it used to be, especially the ones that trying to steal your information, money, etc. The seemingly a OK system may have this type of malware running in the background, collecting information, transferring your money, etc. Once you notice some issues and restore from backup, the chances are that this type of malware will be restored as well.
That is why I have Avast Internet Security running. I also am behind a Nat Router.
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11 Jun 2013   #19
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cr00zng View Post
It's pretty much the same as Linux Mint, except the UAC cannot be disabled in Linux Mint. At least not by my knowledge level of this Linux
An analogy, although not exactly accurate:
Linux = SUDO
Windows = UAC

In Linux, you never (usually) run with administrator privileges - hence you are required to elevate certain commands using SUDO.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudo
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11 Jun 2013   #20
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I not only run UAC, I have it cranked all the way up. Sure it's annoying but it takes only a second or two to read the popup and click on it; even as close to the grave as I am, I feel I can spare that much time.

UAC is like insurance. You may go for years never needing to collect on insurance but, if you ever do need it, it's priceless. It's just too easy for some nasty to get into your system without your knowledge and start upo a harmful process. UAC, when allowed to work as designed and is used properly (i.e. read the popups before clicking on them), will let you know if an unwanted process is trying to start up.
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