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  1. #1
    Ed\(NY\) Guest

    "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    Is there a way to prevent the "An unidentified program wants access to your
    computer" box from appearing every time I open the same program?



  2. #2
    Kayman Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    You should be glad that this security feature is enabled/working!
    User Account control separates user and admin functions in Windows Vista
    which increases security. It basically ensures that malicious programs
    canąt be run using administrative privileges without the administrator
    first accepting it. This is great for computing securely.
    What is User Account Control?
    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...665471033.mspx

    For your consideration:-
    The best defenses are:
    1. Do not work in elevated level; Day-to-day work should be
    performed while the User Account Control (UAC) is enabled. Turning
    off UAC reduces the security of your computer and may expose you to
    increased risk from malicious software.
    2. Familiarize yourself with "Services Hardening in Windows Vista".
    3. Keep your operating (OS) system (and all software on it)
    updated/patched.
    4. Reconsider the usage of IE.
    5. Review your installed 3rd party software applications/utilities;
    Remove clutter.
    6. Don't expose services to public networks.
    7. Activate the build-in firewall and tack together its advanced
    configuration settings.
    7a.If on high-speed internet use a router as well.
    8. Routinely practice safe-hex.
    9. Regularly back-up data/files.
    10.Familiarize yourself with crash recovery tools and with
    re-installing your operating system (OS).
    11.Utilize a real-time anti-virus application and vital system
    monitoring utilities/applications.
    12.Keep abreast of the latest developments - Sh!t happens...you know.
    The least preferred defenses are:
    Myriads of popular anti-whatever applications and staying ignorant.
    Peez of pith, really :-)

  3. #3
    Dzomlija Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    The message is part of UAC (User Account Control), and is designed to
    inform you that a program requires elevated (administrative) privileges
    to run.

    It's best to keep UAC turned on, as the confirmation messages you
    receive are an important part of keeping your computer safe from
    malicious programs, or potentially damaging changes to settings. If the
    program is from a legitimate source, then your best bet would be to
    check the manufacturer for updates where the application is aware of the
    new security protocols in Windows Vista.


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  4. #4
    Mark Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    To turn off UAC

    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

    2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.

    3. In the User Accounts window, click User Accounts.

    4. In the User Accounts tasks window, click Turn User Account Control
    on or off.

    5. If UAC is currently configured in Admin Approval Mode, the User
    Account Control message appears. Click Continue.

    6. Clear the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your
    computer check box, and then click OK.

    7. Click Restart Now to apply the change right away, or click Restart
    Later and close the User Accounts tasks window.

  5. #5
    keepout@yahoo.com.invalid Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    Great answer, but I some how got the idea that he just wanted to suppressthe
    warning.

    My answer for programs that I have NO CONTROL over is to trash them. Especially
    a program that has no toggle to turn off internet access.

    In some [50-75%] cases if you dig thru the config settings, you'll find an
    option to 'check for updates when you launch the program'. And in some cases
    this will go into extended config, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, none.

    Barring the absence of this type web access toggle, and you have no idea why it
    wants access, there's 100's of other programs on the web that can do the same
    thing from FREE - $$$$$.$$
    Finding a program that does it's job without calling home every day is fairly
    simple. Wish I could say the same about an OS.

    My virus checker checks the web every 3 hours for updates.
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  6. #6
    Mark Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    He was already given that answer on another post. He didn't like it so I
    gave him his other option.


    Great answer, but I some how got the idea that he just wanted to suppress
    the
    warning.

    My answer for programs that I have NO CONTROL over is to trash them.
    Especially
    a program that has no toggle to turn off internet access.

    In some [50-75%] cases if you dig thru the config settings, you'll find an
    option to 'check for updates when you launch the program'. And in some cases
    this will go into extended config, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, none.

    Barring the absence of this type web access toggle, and you have no idea why
    it
    wants access, there's 100's of other programs on the web that can do the
    same
    thing from FREE - $$$$$.$$
    Finding a program that does it's job without calling home every day is
    fairly
    simple. Wish I could say the same about an OS.

    My virus checker checks the web every 3 hours for updates.

  7. #7
    Ed\(NY\) Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    Thanks for all the responses. I think the issue for me has to do with
    installing some older software that prompts the warning when I open it. I
    was looking for a way to avoid having the warning come up each for time for
    that specific software (in other words, a program I know to be safe). I
    don't want to de-activate the warning across the board.

  8. #8
    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    Vista isn't that smart. It doesn't "learn" from what you tell it
    previously. Therefore if you have some legacy application written way
    before Microsoft's latest phony push about security Vista will nag
    about the same thing every time you repeat the action that caused it
    in the first place even if you tell Vista you trust the application,
    it has no ability to remember what you told it last time.

    This of course could be easily modified by some kind of "rules" list
    similar to what many firewall applications use. They nag ONLY once,
    the first time something happens it suspects. After it flags a suspect
    application it brings up a screen and you tell it how you want it
    handled in the future then it remembers and it does as you wish.
    Microsoft apparently doesn't have software engineers smart enough to
    employ this simple strategy.

    The naysayers club (fanboys) out of ignorance will claim this type of
    solution is too simplistic falsely arguing some malware could trick
    it's way into being trusted. The reality is good security software can
    compare a file's unique signature and if something comes along and
    pretends to be something you've told it to trust unless it has the
    exact same signature (like a fingerprint) it still would flag it and
    give a warning.

    My biggest gripe about Windows is it is a mature application having
    been around over twenty years in one form or another and still
    Microsoft hasn't included even basic intelligence, yet each new
    version grows larger than the previous one.

    The only way to get UAC to stop nagging short of turning the damn
    thing off is to change ownership and permissions for each of your
    problem applications/folders/files by accessing their security tab.
    While it isn't that hard to do, it is clumsy and time consuming if you
    have a lot of things to change.

  9. #9
    Alias Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    Seems they never read the story Peter and the Wolf either. UAC will
    condition people to hit OK every time due to it popping up for each and
    every little thing.

  10. #10
    Colon Terminus Guest

    Re: "An unidentified program wants access to your computer"

    No, there's no way to prevent that dialog box from appearing short of
    turning off UAC.
    Vista will nag you each and everytime you start that particular program.

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