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Administrator vs. Limited profile option


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#1 stven71

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:58 PM

Can you eliminate the threat of maleware/virus installation/infection by simply browsing internet in Limited mode?

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:48 PM

simple answer would be yes.
but its not that easy.
i assume your referencing to safe mode - this offers some protection for less functionality (some things wont load) eliminating more common viruses.
common viruses can be stopped with a decent anti-virus/anti-spyware.
so the best way would be to buy or use free versions of anti-virus/anti-spyware and firewalls.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 04:09 PM

Hello actually they are referrcing an Administrator vs. Limited User Account (LUA). An LUA is essentially any security account without elevated permissions and privileges. The biggest security benefit of LUA is that software installing and running in a LUA has a harder time modifying or corrupting the underlying Operating System's kernel and system files. hence tougher for malware to get in and control the PC.
So if you are a limited user, then what the malware can do is limited also. Perhaps 90 percent (or more) of all of today's malware will not function correctly, or at all, if the logged-on user is not an Administrator.
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 07:54 PM

Can you eliminate the threat of maleware/virus installation/infection by simply browsing internet in Limited mode?


Depends on the sophistication of the malware. Some viruses can escalate their privileges of something that has full access of the machine. So a limited profile wouldn't stop it.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 08:49 PM

yes it can help, and in most cases elimiate it, because like stated a lot of malware will only affect the limited user and can be deleted by simply deleting the account. that being said some malware can still bypass this and affect the entire computer. Using a limited account to browser the internet can certainly help, and I recomend doing so, but it may not necessarily stop malware from infecting the whole PC.

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