To JCitizen, thank you for sharing your input and it IS appreciated. I agree that it is easy to make a restricted account via the computer's User Accounts applet as another option for surfing the web as a restricted user and I tried that before but I got sick and tired of always having to first log-off and then having to log-on again in order to switch user accounts every time I surf the web every day, and then after I leave the web I'd have to log-off again and then log-back-on again in order to use my computer with Administrative Rights again or else I would too often find myself unable to access a variety of things in my own computer if I did not go through the ritual of logging off-and-on, and then off-and-on again, anywhere from a couple to a few times a day, every time time I wanted to surf the web as a restricted user. As easy as it is to log-off-and-on a few times a day I still find it so much easier to use DropMyRights just once and then forget about it forever thereafter without having to log-off-and-on every time I want to surf the web as a restricted user. With DropMyRights I simply use my computer all the time with full Administrative Privileges except for when I click on my browser shortcut in which case DropMyRights does the automatic equivalent of logging-off-and-on for me without my having to ever bother doing it manually myself around a few times a day or so. But it's still only another ?option? as I was sure to mention in my original reply to golden1's question. I tried using the User Account applet before and found it so inconvenient for me since I'm the only one who uses my computer. Whenever I exited the web and neglected to log-off as a restricted user and neglected to then log back on again with Administrative Rights, it was only a matter of a short time before I'd run into the situation where I was unable to do any variety of operations within my own computer because of the restricted privileges unless I went through the ritual of logging off and then logging back on again with Administrative Rights. And as I've also mentioned, it's very, very rarely when I would run into a situation where I needed Admin Rights in order to secure a download when using DropMyRights, something like one or two times a year or so, whereas in contrast I would encounter the download problem fairly way too often when using the User Account applet, something like a download problem at the rate of at least a couple to a few times a month compared to one or two times a year with DropMyRights. I agree that both options given to golden1 achieves the same goal of surfing the web with restricted rights to avoid attracting hackers but otherwise the convenience of using DropMyRights is like comparing oranges to marbles, so-to-speak. Of course to-each-their-own and it's up to each individual to decide whether they want to surf the web as a restricted user or not, or to choose in having to log-off-and-on again every time they surf the web, and then log-off-and-on again in order to gain back Admin Rights all over again, compared to simply hitting the browser shortcut that uses DropMyRights which eliminates all the inconvenience of logging-off-and-on to switch User Accounts. In other words I just don't follow your rationale for wanted to prefer using the User Account applet over using DropMyRights? You make it sound as if using the User Account applet is just as easy or easier than using DropMyRights and I agree it's dirt bag easy to switch User Account back and forth every day and every time I surf the web, but in my situation it meant logging off and on a few or more times a day and then I'd also find myself running into access problems to my own computer processes at the rate of a few to several times a month unless I went through the ritual of making sure to logging-off and then logging back on with Admin Rights, whereas with DropMyRights it eliminates all the logging off and on again just to surf with restricted rights, and it further eliminates all the having to log back off and then back on again to get back Admin Rights. Let me explain it this way, with DropMyRights the only time I have restricted use is when I use the browser shortcut with DropMyRights and the rest of the time I still have Admin Rights 100% of the time to install stuff and do critical maintenance without any need for logging off-and-on in order to switch User Accounts in order to install stuff or to do any critical maintenance. Sorry, but I just don't get your rationale? I agree it's dirt bag easy to routinely log-off, log-on, log-off, and log-on again at least one or more times a day just to surf the web with restricted rights, but even you yourself admit it's a small inconvenience and I simply fail to see the logic in preferring to go through the small inconvenient ritual every time I want to surf the web with restricted rights when the so-called small daily inconvenient ritual can be completely eliminated via DropMyRights? To me it's the near equivalent of someone who lives alone preferring the routine to dirt-bag-easily unlocking all the doors and then dirt-bag-easily locking all the doors again to every single room each time they want to enter a different room within their own home compared to simply leaving all inside doors unlocked and wide open to begin with, but with the exception of only locking the front and back doors of their residence? One way poses multiple daily routine inconveniences even though it's dirt bag easy to unlocking and locking a door again, so dirt bag easy that I won't even bother to explain how to unlock and then lock a door again, whereas in comparison the other way poses no inconvenience what-so-ever at all? As for DropMyRights, it takes 3 easy simple steps to set it up one time per browser shortcut and after that you forget about it. But I say again, to-each-their-own and more-power-to-you if you prefer the multiple daily inconvenience day-in and day-out, week after week, month after month, compared to having no inconvenience at all except to click on the browser shortcut in order to get on the Internet? It's your computer and so of course you're fully welcome to do whatever you want with your own computer. Have you ever considered turning your computer off and then turning it back on every one-half hour? It's only a small inconvenience and sure-as-dirt-bag-easy to do, in fact it's so easy that it might be worth the small convenience compared to just leaving it on, don't you think? (Please don't get upset because I'm only joking around because I'm into and appreciate sarcastic humor
And to MarkFlax, thank you for your input which is ALSO appreciated, however, I apologize for not making myself more clear about DropMyRights, so please allow me now. DropMyRights DOES NOT change NOR does it re-configure any browser settings in any way. Likewise, switching to Restricted User Account via the Control Panel applet DOES NOT change, DOES NOT alter, NOR does it re-configure any browser settings at all, NOR do you lose any control over your computer, NOR do you lose any control over your browser just because you might happen to use the Control Panel applet to Switch User Account, but rather it simply means a restricted user via Control Panel applet has restricted rights whenever using a browser. To simplify, DropMyRights essentially does the very same thing by stripping away and restricting a minimal amount of user-rights when surfing the web so that hackers who might tune into your surfing will interpret your computer as a Restricted User Account but the difference being that you don't have to go through any routine rituals of logging off and back on again as a restricted user, and then logging off and back on again after surfing via the Control Panel applet every time you might wish to surf the web as a restricted user account and then later go back to using full Admin Rights. I continue to maintain having full control of any and of all of my browser settings whenever using DropMyRights, but furthermore, DropMyRights as a matter of fact gives me additional more control over my own computer usage than the Control Panel applet does. With DropMyRights I gain more overall control rather than losing any control. In other words I so much prefer in having 100% full Administrative Privileges 100% of the time except for when I happen to surf the web without any need for repeatedly logging off and on and without any need for switching any user accounts, period. I setup the browser shortcut just one time and one time only and thereafter I "forget-about-it" and I don't need to do anything more ever again just to enter the Internet as a restricted user except I still have to click on the new browser shortcut just like I normally would when entering the Internet. The built-in Microsoft Windows Control Panel applet doesn't do that for me but instead the Control Panel applet requires the daily multiple routine ritual of always needing to log-off-and-on, and-then-off-and-on again, etcetera, in order for me to obtain the situation where I'd have full 100% Admin Rights 100% of the time except for whenever I surf the Internet. Imagine if the Control Panel applet included a particular feature that also allowed for 100% Admin rights for 100% of the time except for when surfing the web but without any need for logging-off-and-on to switch user accounts, and also without messing with any browser settings? That's exactly what DropMyRights does while a Primary Owner/User still maintains 100% control over DropMyRights, 100% control over their browser settings, and 100% control over their computer as well, just like they would if and when they opt to use the Control Panel applet, except the convenient difference is that DropMyRights completely eliminates the continuous routine of logging off and on just to lose or gain back full Admin Rights every time they enter or leave the Internet. I don't know what made you think you'd lose any control by using DropMyRights when it in fact gives a user more control? I figure I somehow simply failed to explain things better from the beginning, but DropMyRights is the best and easiest user-friendly program I know of towards discouraging hackers from choosing my computer to hack. It's freeware, the downloaded .msi setup file is a mere 164Kb, the .exe file itself is a mere 54Kb, it doesn't take control of my computer away from me, it doesn't touch any browser settings at all, it works flawlessly all of the time and in two years I've never encountered a single problem with DropMyRights.exe, I pre-set a browser shortcut just one time and one time only and forget about it and from then on I simply use the browser shortcut just as I normally would without any extra work involved. When hackers might happen to see me on the Internet they're not going to want to waste their time trying to attack a computer with restricted Admin Rights and instead the hackers are inclined to move on to search to find different Internet users who surf the web with full Admin Rights. And please, sir, I don't want to scare you any but please whatever you do, please don't look behind you because there could be a shadow behind you and I certainly wouldn't want to be the one who's responsible for making you worry about losing control of your mind if there is one, okay?
As for not using a firewall, for the most part I haven't used one for the past 8 years ever since I had gotten my first computer and I personally had not found any significant or appreciable difference in security matters whenever I did test a variety of firewalls, one-at-a-time, of course. I'm content with the multiple real-time protection programs I already have going on and I have a lot less bugs and/or hacking attempts finding their way into my machine now-a-days compared to 8 years ago and therefore until-unless I finally encounter a significant security problem due to the lack of my running a firewall, or unless-until I finally find a new firewall freeware product that's user-friendly to me, I'm likely to still go on for at least another 8 years of not-using a firewall. I know, I know, I know, it goes against all popular advice and everywhere I look people are constantly advising ?you must have a firewall?, ?you gotta have a firewall', ?a firewall is a must or else,...blah, blah, blah?. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I heard it all before, blah, blah, blah, but in my personal opinion the chances of running into a hacker is most likely to occur either through my webmail service provider or whenever I'm surfing the web with full Administrative Rights. My primary email server is RoadRunner while my secondary email server is SpamCop.net and I'm cautious about opening or previewing email that smells like spam to me, therefore, I'm not overly worried that I'll get hacked via my emails because I still have the 3-to-4 real-time protection programs against suspicious behavior (4 if I also count Windows Defender). And since I surf the web with DropMyRights I don't worry about a hacker choosing me to hack. Once in a rare while I still do encounter some sort of mean virus or something that attempts to enter my computer while I'm surfing the web but then any one of my real-time protection program automatically shuts-down the browser and closes it before any mean virus can enter and infect my computer. In other words I'll probably wait until the day or year before if and when it might happen to arrive when it turns out that I needed a running firewall afterall, and if worse comes to worse and should that day arrive then it'll simply be a good time for me to use my Full System Restore CD to do a complete reformatting of my entire operating system to make everything like-new again and then I'll opt to running a firewall. Anyone who is worried about not-using a firewall on their own machine then by all means, they should and must always, always, always use a firewall at all times or else it's only a matter of time before the devil will surely come along to possess their computer unless there's always a firewall running always at all times on their own computer. It's one of thee most popular golden rules in the computer world which dictates that everyone should and must always have a running firewall, blah, blah, blah, and in-almost-fact, it's even the LAW!!!. But as for me and my own computer, I honestly don't give a darn, I really don't. I regularly keep at-least-3-or-more-copy-sets of backups of all my important files on disks at all times incase of worse case scenario where a hacker might happen to completely take over my machine and wiped out the entire operating system. But I'm less worried today about getting hacked now-a-days than I was worried about it 8 years ago especially since I now surf the web with DropMyRights. I personally think the odds of getting hacked while surfing the web with full Administrative Privileges and without DropMyRights even while running a firewall skyrockets the chances of getting hacked in comparison to using DropMyRights minus any firewall. It's like I said, for the past 8 years I haven't noticed any significant or appreciable difference concerning security matters due to the lack of my running a firewall. The only thing I've noticed for sure is that I get less malware infecting my computer now-a-days compared to 8 years ago. I have only one rhetorical question to ask: Even if someone always does use a firewall at all times and keeps the firewall running 100% of the time, does that mean their computer is always 100% impervious to being hacked and therefore can never be hacked just because they're running a firewall? Oh my gosh, what if somewhere in the world at least one computer got hacked despite using a running firewall, what can we possibly do about it?! Oh my gosh, it's like already the end of the world when a few real-time protection programs aren't good enough, and if DropMyRights isn't good enough, and if running a firewall at all times still isn't good enough to stop all hacking 100% of the time, oh my gosh, all this time for the past 8 years I could've been killed?!!! What was I thinking?!!! Quick, where's my firewall, I gotta have my firewall, oh my gosh, what would I do without my firewall? How can I go on living without my firewall?!!! I'm so glad most people follow the golden rule regarding a firewall or else our family species could all be extinct by now? I thank goodness and I especially thank Mother Nature that we have firewalls in this world. Oh yes, I feel so much better now and I can stop worrying altogether now that I have my firewall. How in the world did I ever manage to survive the last 8 years without my firewall? Psst, everybody, if you want, I'll sell you my free Comodo firewall for half-a-penny, ...hey, come'ere, don't walk away, it's all good I promise, besides, we all know you gotta have a firewall, right?
Lastly, to golden1 again, no reply is necessary and I repeat that DropMyRights is only a suggested option, nothing more and nothing less, and it doesn't mess with any browser settings at all, no more than using the Control Panel applet as a Restricted User Account does. But unlike a firewall, DropMyRights is not commonly recommended nor encouraged, and using the Control Panel applet will achieve the same purpose of discouraging hackers from attacking your computer in favor of them searching for other computers that surf the web with full Admin Rights. But again, both options are purely optional and of course you still have the freedom of choice to surf the web with or without full Admin Rights if you want to. In other words I simply wanted to clarify mis-perceptions about DropMyRights but of course you're still free to believe whomever and/or whatever you want to believe in. You seemed concerned about hackers and so I tried to share with you the best I know, ...I tried? That's all I could do, was try?
If I've upset any readers with my sense of humor then please free to call me names or call me whatever you want but please whatever you do, just please don't call me late for dinner, okay? Best regards, Tsark out, and I'm outta here.