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Windows 7: Administrator and User accounts question

20 Mar 2013   #11


Well, if you've decided to use the admin account but still fear malware, turn UAC on, that provides a good level of protection before any malicious code executes on your system. Also, get a good anti virus solution. I prefer ESET Smart Security.

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21 Mar 2013   #12

win 7 64 Home edition

OK, for some reason i am still having problems grasping this user account thing. When i switched over to my user account from the Admin account i get confused because i am not sure if my user account needs to be updated like i had just completed with the Admin account.

For some reason i think that both accounts are entirely separate and when i update my anti virus definitions on one i need to do the same for the other. I disabled autorun on the Admin account and then i'll go into my user account and attempt to do it there but i know it's just one registry.

I need more sleep obviously.

What am i missing.

Thanks guys
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21 Mar 2013   #13


This is why I suggested deleting the Standard account: to avoid chronic confusion,
and you get no additional protections operating under Standard account with UAC enabled.
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21 Mar 2013   #14


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is why I suggested deleting the Standard account: to avoid chronic confusion,
and you get no additional protections operating under Standard account with UAC enabled.
Though UAC doesn't block malicious code (in short, malware) from running, but it does ask the user if he/she wants to run it or not, so at least UAC gives the user a chance to decide whether to run the thing or not.
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21 Mar 2013   #15


I made that exact point earlier.

The discussion is about whether operating a Standard User account confers any additional protection than an Administrative-level account.

I was pointing out that both will warn of changes when UAC remains enabled, but the Standard account must also enter an Admin password to proceed with the changes.

This is unnecessary overkill if both are the same person since you've already been warned so why would you need to enter a password to approve your own actions?
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