Wow, thank you all for all your input. Ok, I do understand about the UAC and
I have no intentions of turning that off. It's just that I ran into a
situation where I needed to restore a backup file that I had saved in the
Documents folder and when I tried to access that file in Documents, I was
greeted with that silly message that I don't have permission to access
Documents. As Administrator I think that is the silliest message I could
I too, like both Tom and Jesper have never experienced an infection but
still was glad to read about UAC and am not bothered those pop-ups. It's
just that I have some junk files laying around my hard drive and I want to
get rid of them and they don't appear in the Add/Remove, so I have to do it
the other way, but I don't want to get stuck on all the sub-folders. And by
giving myself permissions on the entire hard drive won't stop UAC from
popping up, will it?
Thanks again for all your sage advice, I really do appreciate it and it's a
great learning experience.
> > While you're not wrong, you know what the number one infection vector
> > during my days with XP was? The top three is as follows:
> > 1)
> > 2)
> > 3)
> I had the same experience. Sadly, we were in the minority.
> > No infections. Zero. No reliance on definitions which are, by
> > definition, out of date when they are needed most, during an outbreak.
> Anti-* does not work for many of the modern attacks. The definition update
> cycles are far too slow.
> > It's not for everyone, but for those that know what they're doing, UAC
> > isn't needed.
> No, and you could quite easily claim that eventually malware will catch up
> with UAC and it will not provide protection even for those who need it. That
> much is quite clear. UAC is not primarily designed to protect against
> attacks. It is designed to increase the ability to run as a non-admin, which
> DOES protect against many attacks. By leaving UAC on, and demanding of
> vendors that they write software that works properly with it, those "that
> know what they are doing" can help those that do not be safer by helping
> reduce the number of situations where you must be an admin.
> > That being said, I've left it enabled since it's not really a big deal
> > either, I rarely see more then a couple popups a day, and usually
> > because I'm constantly tinkering with something.
> Glad to hear it, and your experience is quite like mine.