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Why turn User Account Control to minimum to run software??

by Demetrula / November 15, 2011 5:11 AM PST

My Husband is a big FSX gamer and there is a program he uses in his virtual airline that will cause FSX to crash if he doesn't turn his UAC to the minimum setting.
Doesn't this put his computer at risk? We do have Norton 360, but I don't like that he has to give away his administrator rights to run the program.
Any opinions about the UAC being at a minimum with N360 - is he safe or is his computer at a big risk?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Many Leave UAC Off
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 5:20 AM PST

It's up to the individual as to how much risk is involved.. Turning OFF UAC doesn't involve giving "away his administrator rights" but it does remove a little bit of extra security which would warn the user of any program that attempts to install or uninstall something. For those users who are cautious and have good knowledge of the types of malware that might be installed while online, turning off UAC isn't a really big deal.. And remember, before Windows Vista, there was NO UAC anyway.. It's the user's choice and because it can be changed easily, why not just minimize the setting when playing the game??

For newbies that haven't got a clue as to how malware gets installed, it's a little more serious..

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: UAC
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 5:32 AM PST
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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 5:38 AM PST

Here's why. UAC is there to block apps from doing odd things without asking permission. Since you trust this program it's no worse than turning UAC off.

Bob

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We're definitely new to this...
by Demetrula / November 16, 2011 1:11 AM PST

I appreciate everyone's answers, thanks so much Happy We are definitely newbies regarding this stuff, which I should have mentioned. I installed Spybot on my Husband's computer yesterday. With that and N360 running, should he be ok, or is there anything additional you would recommend I put in there?
He did go to the head of the virtual airline and bring up these concerns in an effort to have him try to get the developer to change the software, but in the meantime I'm personally worried that someone might get into our network.
Short of uninstalling this program (which I doubt would happen), is there anything else we can do?
Thanks again to all of you Happy

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We Generally Don't Recommend Spybot
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 16, 2011 2:46 AM PST

There are a number of programs which have issues with Spybot PLUS, it's not among the best malware scanners out there..

If you want to get a second opinion using an "on-demand" scanner which doesn't run in the background, (that's what your Norton is for), try using either, or both, of the free tools below:

Malwarebytes Antimalware

SUPERAntispyware Removal Tool

As to what you can do...be vigilant, don't visit "dodgy" websites, don't open attachments in email unless you're CERTAIN of what they are, and learn all you can about malware and the ways it can infect your computer.. The best protector of your computer is YOU.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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