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.
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!