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Can you install a program on your PC?

If you can install programs on your PC without logging in as a different user, then this is for you!

If you can install a program on your PC without being challenged to log in as administrator, then so can MALWARE!

So, to give your PC, your data and your business or home network more protection then you MUST do something. Here’s what you do:

  1. Add a new user to your PC. Something like “CompanyAdmin” would be sufficient. Give it a good, strong password.
  2. Give the new user administration rights over your PC
  3. Log out, and then log in as the new user
  4. Edit your normal user account and make it a standard user (rather than an administrator)
  5. Log out, and log back in as yourself.

From now on, if you attempt to install some software, your computer will ask for a username and password. When prompted, enter your admin account’s username and password.

Note: Sometimes, just entering the username and password of your administrator account isn’t quite going to be enough. In those circumstances, log out and log in as your admin account. Install the software from there, and then log out and back in as yourself.

Operating in this way will give you a lot more protection against malware and unwanted software being automatically installed on your PC without your knowledge.

NEVER enter your admin account details unless you are sure that you know why your PC is asking for them. In order words, if you’re not deliberately changing your system, then don’t enter your admin details – it could be that something malicious is trying to install itself!

If this is of help to you, then please share this with your colleagues and friends.

If you are a business or sole trader and would like assistance with this, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide a quality solution to match your individual circumstances.

By Eddie Palmer

Eddie Palmer is the founder of Nottingham-based Your Computer Department.