Why You Should Not Turn off UAC

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Do you use UAC in Windows?

  1. Yes

    90 vote(s)
    84.9%
  2. No

    15 vote(s)
    14.2%
  3. No, still on Windows 3.1 or XP.

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  1. nsm0220

    nsm0220 Level 21

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    Well programs like Shadow Defender come into play to fill the holes made by Microsoft when they made UAC.
     
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  2. jasonX

    jasonX Level 9

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    UAC is a layer security. Beginners / Novice user who turn-it off should not. It will protect you :)
     
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  3. TheJokerz

    TheJokerz Level 4

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    Yes always notify! No reason not to!
     
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  4. DJ Panda

    DJ Panda Level 29

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    Currently using "Always Notify" for my UAC. I don't install many programs to the prompts are practically non-existent. :)
     
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  5. ravi prakash saini

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    #25 ravi prakash saini, Jun 9, 2017
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    one should think why Microsoft introduced it "to irritate the user ".does any company will do this. I would like to see Windows with UAC at maximum setting by default and no option to change it
     
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  6. TerrakionSmash

    TerrakionSmash Level 16

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    Requiring user input doesn't bode well for them though. Psychology is still a factor.
    They wouldn't know unless they try. 'Tis why big data is big. They also tried that on Vista.
     
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  7. TerrakionSmash

    TerrakionSmash Level 16

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    I think the non-maximum UAC should be separate because some people argue that non-max UAC is not a boundary since there are ways to bypass them.
     
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  8. ElectricSheep

    ElectricSheep Level 12

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    I use it on default setting, but I don't download much and the programs that it activates on are known ones so I'm happy with it as it is:)
    Kind of find it a lil annoying when it's on max setting...:eek:
     
  9. McLovin

    McLovin Level 61
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    The only question I have is, who voted for "No, still on Windows 3.1 or XP."? haha
     
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  10. TerrakionSmash

    TerrakionSmash Level 16

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    Maybe he's a Linux person and that's the only equivalent to n/a
     
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  11. RECdevicehelper

    RECdevicehelper Level 2

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    A 100%, Always turn on UAC, Very Important!!!! If you turn it off and accidently download malware and run, it will run automatically without needing permission and infect the system. If you turn off UAC, You have basically allowing your system to die LOL
     
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  12. Umbra

    Umbra From Emsisoft
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    I have to correct you on UAC ; UAC is not made to block infections at all , it was made to block elevation of processes (which is a classic pattern of most malware), however if a malware doesn't need elevation, UAC won't react and you will be still infected.
     
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  13. Hadden

    Hadden Level 2

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    #33 Hadden, Jul 12, 2017
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    Yes, but I'd say at least a 60% of people click yes every time UAC appears, so having or not it's quite pointless in that case :3
    Personally I'm not a lover of UAC (even If I understand it's purpose).
    I open registry. Prompt. I open windows folder. Prompt. I install a program. Prompt. I copy files. Prompt.
    It's a bit annoying. The only time I don't do one of these, uh oh, I allowed UAC.
    I prefer to scan before install something or check in other ways before doing some strange changes.
    Of course, I don't change other people UAC, but I can assure most of them click allow every single time it shows.
     
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  14. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Level 8
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    Always Notify. Sometimes I do not see UAC prompt for days, just using a browser, radio, steam games and etc.


    Most of these bypasses DO NOT work, when UAC is set to Always Notify. Like auto-elevate feature.

    User Account Control: Inside Windows 7 User Account Control

    “Fileless” UAC Bypass Using eventvwr.exe and Registry Hijacking

    UAC bypass typically uses WSH and powershell. Disable those and you are better off, but still not 100% of course.
     
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  15. Slyguy

    Slyguy Level 21

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    Speaking as an MSP with thousands of endpoints, I'd say 90% click YES each time the UAC pops. The UAC isn't really important in this case, it's importance is in other aspects of running a domain controller and group policies on a business network.
     
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  16. Hadden

    Hadden Level 2

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    #36 Hadden, Jul 12, 2017
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    Of course. In that case is very important.
    An elevated malware spread on the whole network is not very nice to handle with ^^,
     
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  17. Local Host

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    I use the security level 1 (do not dim), it's faster and still does its job.
     
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  18. gorblimey

    gorblimey Level 2

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    Permanently set on MAX. I always work in a User Acct, and ALL installs are from Admin. So no real problems with UAC. I also use SuRun, so when I do need UAC I can do it to my own account, and not run the risk of screwing something in the Admin account.

    If you want security you do it properly.
     
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  19. Umbra

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    Nothing unless "at Max" is safe with UAC, users have to decide between convenience or security, but most of all:.
    1- Use SUA instead of Admin account so some apps won't ask for elevation all the time.
    2- Don't use apps requiring elevation 30 times a day, unless your job requires it. If the case, get used to UAC's prompts.

    I use SUA + UAC at Max and i enforce password/PIN prompts in alll accounts even admin one; i have elevation requests maximum one or two times a day, because i dont spend my time using tools doing admin tasks.
     
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  20. frogboy

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    As my 12 year old son says why would you. :D
     
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