QUESTION: User Account Control Settings: Whenever I install a new program or game on my PC a box pops up asking me if I want to allow the program to make changes to the hard drive. It’s annoying but as I understand it, this is meant to keep my PC safe. I don’t go to risky sites, I download from the same sites, like Amazon, Big Fish Games and a few sewing sites and I encounter little risk. I have virus scanners, and ad blockers, and run daily scans for safety.
I know that the slider bar can be moved to Never Notify Me, but what are th risks in doing this? Isn’t there any way of ‘white listing’ the places you go to all the time that you trust? As I’m sure you know when you change the setting, you have to click to okay that setting being changed.
I would appreciate your advise where this is concerned. I am asked this a lot and I don’t have an answer but I’m sure you do. – Ila from Portland, Maine
ANSWER: You didn’t mention what operating system you are running but based on your question, I am going to guess you are running Windows Vista. If so, the only two options for User Account Control Settings are on and off as you mentioned.
In Windows 7 and Windows 8, however, Microsoft expanded this to four options with two new middle-of-the-road choices: “Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer” and “Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop)”. So if you are running Windows 7 or 8, you might try one of these two new choices to slow down the occurrence of the prompts.
On the other hand, if you are running Windows Vista, your options are more limited, as you have already discovered. But based on the fact that you maintain the security on your PC better than most users I deal with, I would say you are probably okay setting the User Account Control Settings to Never Notify Me.
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