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Windows 7: How to disable ALL security alerts in windows 7

19 Jan 2011   #1
seattletech

windows 7 64 bit, windows XP, Windows XP x64; SBS2003
 
 
How to disable ALL security alerts in windows 7

Before any of the resident security-crazed members reply to this, please note this question is in regards to a personal computer. I am well aware of the risks (almost none) and dont need to be reminded of best practices. Roughly 3-4 security alerts for downloading and running a file from the web simply numbs the user and is bordering on excessive and downright stupid.

That being said, lets get on to the question. I am looking for ways to disable ALL warnings in windows 7. I.E. the publisher warnings when opening files downloaded from the internet as well as any other warnings within windows 7. I tried to modify low risk file types in GPEDIT.msc but didnt seem to make a difference. Im also looking for advice and tips from other members on how they were able to disable certain alerts or security warnings. Please share what you have done and it may be helpful. User account control has already been disabled. I will test on my computer and get back to you. I am basically trying to take a standard windows 7 desktop and convert it into a real computer that doesnt cripple you with prompts and warnings at every turn.

Again your thoughts and feedback is appreciated. If you try to change my mind on this one, I am just going to laugh at you because microsoft has you right where they want you!


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19 Jan 2011   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

how to disable windows 7

Once you've found everything you need, please stay off the Internet.
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19 Jan 2011   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
now if I was stupid my computer would be hammered by now
Of course you would be

Caveat emptor.... In this case "user" beware
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19 Jan 2011   #4
soho1

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
how to disable windows 7

Once you've found everything you need, please stay off the Internet.
There are many great viruses to disable Windows 7, just hop ON the internet.


Oh, sorry, long day, getting punchy now. Nvm.
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20 Jan 2011   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Google
Your choice
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20 Jan 2011   #6
seattletech

windows 7 64 bit, windows XP, Windows XP x64; SBS2003
 
 

Jacee, you are on to something there with the whole google search thing. I went down one of those internet tubes and disabled windows 7 completely by installing norton antivirus. Go figure!

But this is not the best solution. Im on more of a test run here than anything else. I need fresh ideas. So far, here is where Im at:

1) Disable UAC
2) Disable Internet Explorer Security Warnings by enabling policies via gpedit.msc
3) Disable Internet Security Settings could put you at risk warning when using IE.
4) Modify attachment manager via gpedit.msc
5) Disabled RDP publisher warnings
6) Enabled quick launch toolbar converted start menu to retro style

So far so good. What else? The computer is performing flawlessly. Unsuspecting users have even marveled over the speed at which files open and the hassle free and confusion free operation.
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20 Jan 2011   #7
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hope ya don't mind, but are you still going to run a virus/Malware program? The reason I ask is I am currently running MSE Download details: Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes, and Sandboxie - Download Sandboxie. Kind of like a triple threat-breaker approach. With the way I've got these programs running, I get minimal warnings, but I am still completely covered on my programs and while hooked to a network or the internet.

I think I understand you're tired of all the hassle of programs and system intrusion in your private use of your computer, but in the environment in which we live, it behooves each of us to protect ourselves to the highest level possible while still living our lives as free as possible.

I hope that makes sense?
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20 Jan 2011   #8
seattletech

windows 7 64 bit, windows XP, Windows XP x64; SBS2003
 
 

Thanks everyone. Joules, can you share some of your scripting work with PowerShell with us? Anything that I may find useful?

Remember, the goal here is we are looking for a very "lite" user interaction level combined with an emphasis on high performance and speed during basic tasks/functions within windows 7. So far the experiment is going well. Users are unable to make specific distinctions but there is a noticeable level of general improvement and glee over the standard windows 7 interface with standard security and UAC. Essentially, the computer is now doing what you tell it to do. We've gone from 3-5 clicks down to 1-3. Over time, this difference adds up as does the userís satisfaction level.

And WartHog, yes, I am currently running Windows Security Essentials. It offers a nice defensive shield for users who canít help but get themselves into trouble, while providing a small carbon footprint. I consider most Norton and Mcafee products worse than some viruses or some malware based solely on a performance perspective. Many times a Norton product will nearly cripple an older computer to a point where it is rendered almost unusable, due to excessive memory or cpu usage or just flat out bad coding.

Jacee, any other words of wisdom for me? By now the computer should be blowing smoke and burning up with all that really important security stuff turned off and disabled, shouldnt it? Should I go back to Vista?
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21 Jan 2011   #9
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

SeattleTech I could not agree more with you. I HATE Norton, Mcafee, and all those programs that try to take over my computer.
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