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Why should everyday tasks be done NOT logged on as an Administrator?


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Guest spc3rd

Good evening everyone,

A day or two ago, I happened to come across a comment on another forum in which someone stated it is recommended that computer users perform "everyday tasks", when logged on under a "limited account" rather than as an Administrator.

Can someone explain the specific reasons for this?

Thank you for your time and any information! :rolleyes:

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Greetings :)

The primary reason is because when logged into a user account with administrative privileges, any program that executes (especially on XP and older operating systems), runs with administrative privileges, meaning that if it is an infection, it has a higher probability of being able to install and infect your system, as many infections do require administrative privileges to install. The difference on Windows Vista and Windows 7 is User Account Control, which ensures that even when logged in as an administrative user, you are still notified when a program is requesting administrative privileges and given a choice of allowing the program to run or preventing it from running, meaning in a simplified manner, it acts like a very basic HIPS type application, adding a very powerful layer of protection against infection if used properly (meaning you don't just blindly click "Continue" or "Allow" to every UAC prompt that pops up).

That being said, there are now many infections (particularly rogue or fake security software) that bypasses UAC by not requiring administrative privileges, meaning it can infect a system even if the user is logged in as a limited or non-administrative user.

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