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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Freeware of the day: TweakUAC for Windows Vista.



TweakUAC is a free software tool that you can use to quickly turn UAC (User Account Control of Windows Vista) on or off, or to make UAC operate in the quiet mode. This software is FREE, no strings attached.


More information about TweakUAC

Am I at risk if I disable UAC?

To understand the ramifications of disabling UAC (User Account Control of Windows Vista), let's consider the threats it is supposed to protect us from. Here is what Microsoft has to say about it on their User Account Control Overview page:

"The main goal of User Account Control is to reduce the exposure and attack surface of the operating system by requiring that all users run in standard user mode. This limitation minimizes the ability for users to make changes that could destabilize their computers or inadvertently expose the network to viruses through undetected malware that has infected their computer."

In other words, if a virus infects your computer, UAC is designed to reduce the impact of it on the operating system. While that's a good thing, note that UAC does not prevent your computer from being infected with the viruses in the first place, it can only reduce the possible damage caused by the infection. It means that we still have to have anti-virus and anti-spyware software running on our computers (and keep them up to date!) And let's not forget about the firewall, it's just as important as antivirus for keeping your computer out of reach of the bad guys.

How do I install and use this software?

TweakUAC does not require installation, it is ready for use as it is! Just download the file and save it to your computer's hard drive. By default Vista saves the files you download into the Downloads folder. After that, whenever you need to use TweakUAC, just run its file that you've downloaded. If you use it frequently, you may want to create a shortcut to it on your Desktop.

How do I remove this software from my computer?

If you no longer want this software, delete its file from your hard drive (see above), and that will completely remove the software from your computer.

How much is it?

TweakUAC is FREE!


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