Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:41 UTC
Windows As geeks, we're well aware of the importance of running as a normal user instead of as root (UNIX/Linux/BSD) or administrator (Windows). However, while this should be common knowledge to anyone reading OSNews, it's often hard to illustrate just how important it is - until now, that is. A report by BeyondTrust looked at how many security bulletins issused by Microsoft are mitigated by simply... Not running as administrator.
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Many programs cannot run as power user
by funny_irony on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:57 UTC
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Things are not as simple as it seem. Many windows programs cannot run in power user mode. In power user mode, power user do not access permission to many important system folder. Access permission cause many run time errors.

Many malwares have ability to run as administrator even if you log in as power users. My company have tried to reduce malwares by changing to power user. However, the changes cause many problems to users without reducing the the number of malwares. The anti-virus cannot delete the malware because power user don't have permission to delete the file.

However, many malwares are autorun virus. By disable autorun and autoplay, the malwares are reduce dramatically.

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