Can anyone give me a basic answer as to how risky it would be to remove the protected mode on vista.
My son wants to download/use a disney online gaming product that will not work on vista, but gives instructions that it would be useable if protected mode was removed (it does not recommend this though)
Personally I think Vista Protected Mode (UAC) is rubbish, just Bill G scaremongering in order to get even more squillions in his pocket!
After all, what is PC Security? IMHO it is all down to the user. How come XP is supposed to be less secure than Vista? I use XP Home and am on-line just about all day every day, in recent years, since becoming more familiar with PC workings, I have never had any problems at all regarding Virus/Malware/Adware and all the other rubbish floating about on the ether - but I like to think that I am protected, by my own common sense.
"Uncle Bill" is covering his own back - there's no magic about "protected mode". Keep your antivirus fully up to date, run regular checks with anti-malware software, and turn off protected mode if you need to to use YOUR pc for what YOU want to do.
" but I like to think that I am protected, by my own common sense."
Which unfortunately many people haven't got , which is why thousands , maybe millions , of PC's can be called on by spammers to become bots and spam the world ...and why I spend a lot of time removing serious malware from peoples PC's .
Those of us who are familiar with computers , and have been for many years , can use them safely with a minimum of security because we know what we are doing , but the PC has become an essential home commodity for adults and children alike , who know how to turn them on and surf , play and rip music and get on to MSN , but don't know the intricacies of how and why it all works . THESE are the ones who need protecting from themselves and why things like UAC are necessary .