limited user account

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by maxoblivion, Oct 10, 2007.

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  1. maxoblivion

    maxoblivion Registered Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Will being logged on as a limited user in Windows prevent all malware installations?
  2. ccsito

    ccsito Registered Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Nation's Capital
  3. Stephen2_Aus

    Stephen2_Aus Registered Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    I know it's a late reply, but using Limited User Account in Windows XP is the best thing you can do for your security.

    It prevents:
    Writing/Deleting critical registry entries
    Writing/Deleting files in Program Files
    Writing/Deleting files in C:\Windows\*
    Writing/Deleting files from C:\
    Installing Kernel Drivers/Services
    Changing System Date/Time
    Low Level Disk Access

    And I'm sure there's a hell of a lot more it does that I'm forgetting. If the above look to you like things a malware does and you don't want them doing, then you should consider using a Limited User Account.

    I recommend install "sudown" which is a Windows implementation of a Linux concept called "sudo". Basically it is a "Run as Administrator" tool, so when using your Limited User Account, you can still install software cleanly, just by typing your password.

    It has many advantages over the built in Windows "Run As" context menu item, first and foremost being that the escalated privilege is passed on to any child processes that spawn.

    Running a Limited User Account causes me about 1% of annoyance, because some of the software I run at startup requires Administrator privileges (ProtoWall, ATITool) so I have to type my password twice to make those launch cleanly. But for that 1% of annoyance, look at all the protection I get!

    Well worth doing, I'm amazed it's not talked about more, especially on a place like Wilders.
  4. attila4000

    attila4000 Registered Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Rahway, NJ, USA
    copy/paste a google keywords search for:

    security limited user account windows xp pro

    benefits limited user account windows xp pro

    go to start menu in windows xp pro:

    copy/paste help and support center keywords search for:

    limited user accounts

  5. Dogbiscuit

    Dogbiscuit Guest

    It's difficult to argue with that advice.
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