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Safe to disable UAC in Vista Home if using Avast and COMODO?

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#1 Ghalt


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Posted 07 September 2010 - 08:43 AM

Is it safe to disable UAC in Vista Home if I'm using antivirus and a firewall?

It's such a pain, and it makes some programs that I use more difficult to use. They are safe, ie: I trust the source, but they sometimes have hiccups with UAC that would be easier if I could just disable it altogether.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 12:16 PM

If you want my serious expert opinion, I would not disable the UAC, I use Windows 7 and as much as the UAC warning box pops up and can be an annoyance, I would rather it did and be safe than sorry.

The UAC warnings are a Windows security measure that prevents programs from making changes from your computer without your knowledge or consent.

It may be a pain, but consider the risks involved when you disable that feature, they certainly out-weigh the time it takes to click Okay.

That's just my opinion.


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Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:37 PM

Turning off UAC is never a good idea, even with the usual security measures in place.
The short time I used Vista, UAC was a nuisance, and improved greatly in 7.

I agree with bruce, UAC has saved me several times.

If you use certain programs regularly, you may want to look at this article:

The catch is it will only work if you start the program from a link (.lnk). This isn't a problem with most people, but you can't run the file that needs access directly.

I use notepad++ for most of my editing. I give it elevated permissions because I edit system files with it, and it makes my life easier. If I try to open a .txt, I will be prompted for admin rights because the file calls the .exe directly, not the .lnk you would create in the above link.

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