User Account Control (UAC) settings in Windows Vista and Windows 7 seem like an annoyance rather than a benefit to Windows users. There are many web sites telling users how to turn UAC off. However the UAC warning:
Is a vital tool in maintaining the security of your computer. It ensures that you know when a program is attempting to make changes. If you are trying to install a program, you expect the warning. But if you see a message like this when you are visiting a web site, or reading e-mail it is a warning that something is being done without you requesting it.
Simply cancelling the request will keep your computer safe.
To maximise your safety, increase the level of notification from UAC to the maximum.
How to Raise UAC to the highest setting
1) Click on the Start button or hit the Windows key.
2) type UAC in the “search programs and files” box
3) Click on the “Change User Account Control Settings” option (it should be the first choice)
4) Push the Slider up to the highest setting
5) Click OK, and you are done.
This will ensure nothing makes changes to your computer without notifying you. and remember, ALWAYS read those notifications before clicking on them. A malicious program, once installed can be an expensive mistake.
What Else Can I Do?
- Have Anti-Virus software such as Microsoft Security Essentials installed.
- Use a safe web browser such as Firefox or Chrome
- Disable the Java Plugin in your web browser