User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #20

    I disabled UAC and opted to use Comodo / Spybot S&D Tea Timer. Both ask you about any changes that are trying to be made and asks you if you would like to allow this to happen. Has anyone else tried this and can offer their own opinion on the security implications of handling system changes in this fashion?

    The main reason for me doing this (besides the annoyance of those cursed popups asking for permission to do something I had already given the program permission to do)
    was this seemed less resource intensive than the windows UAC.
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  2. Posts : 71,286
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #21

    Hello Pnhearer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    I'm sure that using those programs to basically be almost the same as UAC would provide good security. However, they will use more resources than UAC. Plus, if a program that you always allow full access (white listed) with these programs were to become infected by malware, the malware will now have full access. UAC would have stopped it since you cannot white list a program, but the malware could get through since the infected program was white listed in those programs. Something to think about.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. Posts : 78
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       #22

    this is very useful and handy to have close by you. I
    must try and remember this... thank you for the info
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  4. Posts : 71,286
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #23

    You're most welcome Coldy. Thank you. :)
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  5. Posts : 431
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
       #24

    I just recently turned UAC off, and what a joy it is to open CCleaner, Smart Defrag, Malwarebytes and WinPatrol Plus with one click of my task-bar. I do not use IE9, so I could care less about protected mode. I do not download music, videos or any file sharing stuff, and I only install trusted programs from either File Hippo or CNET. I don't open any email attachments in my Yahoo! account, no matter how funny they may sound.

    I use avast! Internet Security, and WinPatrol Plus. I only use Chrome that is sandboxed in AIS and I keep my OS and all my programs up to date.

    To me, UAC is counter productive in that it becomes a "click no matter what" warning. Once I install CCleaner, I shouldn't have to click a naggy warning pop-up every single time I want to run it for the rest of my life.
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  6. Posts : 71,286
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #25

    Hello DBone,

    That's fine if it works for you, but just remember that UAC is your last line of defense to help prevent malware from being able to run elevated without your approval first, and having complete access to your computer.
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  7. Posts : 431
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
       #26

    Yea, I know there's a risk, but I feel it's so minuscule, that the rewards are worth it......Plus, that's why I make a system image once a month.:)
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
       #27

    Help!


    Hi Shawn,
    Thanks for the tutorial but when my dad logs onto his admin account how does he change the UAC settings for MY standard user account?

    Ali
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  9. Posts : 71,286
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #28

    Hello Ali, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    The UAC settings are applied to all users on the computer. :)
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  10. Posts : 1
    windows 7 home
       #29

    UAC Issue


    Brink, I disagree. If I am opening a program regularly and UAC always asks me if I wish to run it - I will always click "yes". I will not know if it became infected malware in the meantime just because UAC comes up. UAC is valuable for the first time you install software, but not when you continually run it later. E.g. if ccleaner became infected, I wouldn't know it, I would just click yes to run. UAC should allow for white listing of programs if people desire it. Too bad Microsoft can't be flexible enough to allow people to make their own decisions program by program.
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