“As every network manager knows, you should never run your computer as administrator, especially if it has access to the Internet. Malware often depends on admin rights to disable firewalls, delete registry entries and download or create files. Without those rights, malicious code must find another path to your destruction. That bit of insight led Microsoft Security Engineering’s Michael Howard to create DropMyRights [.msi] for Windows XP and up. Once DMR is added to a web application’s shortcut, the app starts with Normal User Rights instead of Admin rights. Users get the freedom of movement they’ve always enjoyed, with a little extra protection.” In related news, there’s now another unofficial patch for the WMF flaw.
DropMyRights: Tighten Security; Again Unofficial WMF Patch
Submitted by zanek 2006-01-05 Windows 3 Comments
also, wouldn’t it be better to run as a normal user by default and then switch to a admin rights when necessary (asking for a password, of course) instead of doing it the other way around?
This seems to pretend to the flaw of the year competition…
so get updating, choose EXPRESS and reboot when asked.
more info here