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How does consent.exe know what to display?

consent.exe is responsible for showning the UAC dialog. Looking at the command line parameters with Process Explorer, I see the following: consent.exe 1316 748 000000004385BD60 I have read How ...
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Windows 8 keeps asking for Admin Password for ONE SPECIFIC program [migrated]

I am admin of a windows 8 PC . I turned UAC off so other users can open programs without my permission and it works perfectly for all the softwares however there is this one program (Backgammon ...
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How to protect against portable applications

There are many portable apps around that could be downloaded and run on local PCs. Usually running of exe could be blocked by using UAC. however, in this case of portable applications, how do I ...
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Is UAC actually worth it? [duplicate]

Windows UAC: It's annoying. It seems pointless. Should I just disable it? Or in other words - is there actually a real risk of something malicious happening if I do? Is there malware out there that ...
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Safe to disable UAC?

I have programmed my own Windows kiosk application (.NET) which requires admin rights from the OS to ensure certain services are running (amongst other things). However, this causes the UAC prompt ...
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Should I worry about this UAC bypass exploit for Windows 7?

It appears that there is an exploit out there that allegedly allows you to bypass the UAC on Windows 7 computers and gain administrator access. I was wondering if this exploit is still a dangerous ...
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Can a program change the shortcut location of a browser to itself without UAC (Admin) in Windows?

I was reading an article on .desktop files used to spread malware on Gnome and KDE. I just thought that the same could be applied to Windows. On Windows: Malware is disguised as a picture by ...
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If windows already has all admin rights, wouldn't a malicious program just need to pretend to be windows?

Windows can do things that require UAC without prompting for UAC. For example, Windows can change any file in C:\Windows without requiring UAC. Could a malicious program "pretend" to be windows and ...
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UAC and Windows Services

A user has a PowerShell script that does some things that require administrative access on Windows Server 2012 with UAC enabled. When they run the script as a Local Administrator, it fails with ...
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Preferred UAC configuration in Enterprises that use Login scripts to map drives

In Windows 7, Vista and newer OS's, UAC will prevent logon scripts from mapping hard drives so that the following logon script code won't work: Dim WshNetwork Set WshNetwork = ...
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How does the Windows “Secure Desktop” mode work?

Can anyone explain (or provide a link to a simple explanation) of what the Windows "Secure Desktop" mode is and how it works? I just heard about it in the KeePass documentation (KeePass - Enter ...
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Windows mandatory access control: How to remove “mandatory level” label from the file?

1) How to remove "mandatory level" label from the file? I have two files, for first icalcs return Mandatory Label\Medium Mandatory Level:(NW) for second icalcs doesn't return anything (that means ...
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How is UAC a security improvement?

What does User Account Control on Windows offer in terms of security? It's just an extra click to potentially run a virus.