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Spybot S&D...Administrator?


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#1 Striper

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:41 AM

Was trying to manage the System Startup using S&D. When I try to untick the task, it says I need Administrator rights, and need to rerun elevated to Administrator.

Uhhhh...I'm the only account, and I am the Administrator.

Any ideas why I'm getting this message?

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:52 PM

You use Windows Vista or Windows 7? Then you need to explicitly start programs with administrator rights, even when you are the administrator. The way to achieve this is to right-click the program you want to start and select "Run as administrator".

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 10:45 PM

This may help to explain why some programs have to be Run As Administrator in Windows 7.

When an administrator logs on to a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Vista, the user is assigned two separate access tokens. Access tokens, which contain a user's group membership and authorization and access control data, are used by the Windows operating system to control what resources and tasks the user can access. The access control model in earlier Windows operating systems did not include any failsafe checks to ensure that users truly wanted to perform a task that required their administrative access token. As a result, malicious software could install on users' computers without notifying the users. (This is sometimes referred to as a "silent" installation.)

Even more damaging, because the user is an administrator, the malicious software could use the administrator's access control data to infect core operating system files, and in some instances, become nearly impossible to remove.

Unlike earlier versions of Windows, when an administrator logs on to a computer running Windows 7 or Windows Vista, the userís full administrator access token is split into two access tokens: a full administrator access token and a standard user access token. During the logon process, authorization and access control components that identify an administrator are removed, resulting in a standard user access token. The standard user access token is then used to start the desktop, the Explorer.exe process. Because all applications inherit their access control data from the initial launch of the desktop, they all run as a standard user.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:23 PM

Thanx guys! As you can probably guess, this is my first foray into the Windows 7 world.

Initially, I couldn't find 'Run as Administrator', but went a little further in, and found it! Worked great!

Thanx again - I knew you guys could help.

Edited by Striper, 12 December 2011 - 06:49 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 10:19 AM

You're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community. :)

I don't use Windows 7 but I was able to find a few suggestions for when the "Run as Administrator" command does not show.

But since you resolved the problem, we don't need to go there.
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