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#1 strope411

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:05 PM

Your helpful moderator boopme referred me to this forum after cleaning a system tools virus from my computer. He is asking me to run a system file checker but I cannot locate my Vista cd after our family's last move. He suggested that someone in this forum would be able to help with this problem. Boopme has successfully cleaned the issues with the virus, but I was having problems with installing downloaded software. I have been able to install items to my computer since I turned off the User Account Controls during a session in safe mode. Boopme wanted to see if there were any system file issues left.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:08 PM

Turning off UAC is not a good idea.
What specific problems are you currently having?

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:50 PM

During the process of removing the malware, Boopme had my son and I turn off the UAC due to the fact that every time I would try to install a program my computer would say the following:

C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\XXXXXXXXX.XXX (the XXXX's are whatever program or file I was trying to install)
the extended attributes are inconsistent

We believe that the virus (System Tools) is gone.

I am kind of a novice when it comes to these things.

I am the original owner of this laptop and am not using a pirated version of Windows, I just can't find my install disk. It is probably sitting in a box at the storage company after our last move.

I just want to make sure that my operating system is working correctly. Honsetly, I don't even really know what a UAC does.

For the last six months, I have getting the same notice from windows every time I try to install new software.

Thanks,
Mike

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:56 PM

Okay :)

May I suggest you download and run tweakuac (http://www.tweak-uac.com/home/) and use it to set UAC to "quiet mode". If you find that you are still getting the annoying popups you can always set it to "off" again, but that's really not recommended.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:24 PM

I installed the requested program (and unlike in the past it actually downloaded and ran). I then set the control to quiet. Upon restart I am still getting the little red shield in the taskbar stating there is a windows security alert. The alert then warns me about having the UAC in the off mode. Am I doing something wrong?

Sorry about all of the stupid questions, but you folks at this forum have more knowledge in your little pinkie fingernail than I do in total.

Thanks Again,

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:25 PM

No, that's okay. Windows thinks "quiet mode" is off, but it isn't.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:26 PM

Anything else I need to do? Is it safe to close the Windows Security Alerts program from the taskbar?

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:33 PM

Sure

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 03:09 PM

Follow these instructions from this link http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/disable-security-center-popup-notifications-in-windows-vista/ this will stop those annoying security alert popups for you !
But make sure you leave UAC turned on rather than turn it of all together !

Edited by doinmeedin, 18 January 2011 - 03:10 PM.

If life is not an option then why are we not given the option in the first place !


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Posted 18 January 2011 - 03:20 PM

But make sure you leave UAC turned on rather than turn it of all together !


We have it set to quiet mode, which is fine.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:14 PM

Ok, you folks are confusing me. The UAC is in quiet mode. I don't mind getting the one warning popup when I first start the computer, I just exit the little shield thingy (how's that for a technical term).

Thanks Again
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:17 PM

If I understand correctly you're good now? If so, glad it's all sorted out :)

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:03 PM

Thank you for all of the help.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:23 PM

Any time :)




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