User Account Control or UAC is one of the most annoying new features in Windows Vista (7 Steps to Delete a Shortcut! – give me a break). Microsoft has promised to tone it down in Windows 7, but you don’t need to wait for Windows 7 to make UAC more bearable.
Norton has released a free utility called Norton UAC Tool that replaces Windows Vista’s standard UAC prompt. The most significant change that Norton has made is adding the “Don’t ask me again” option. This allows you to add day-to-day harmless actions to the whitelist and makes UAC significantly less annoying. Besides this the Norton UAC Tool also displays a modified version of the UAC prompts – which I find to be more informative.
However, it must be noted that Norton is using this beta tool to collect information like applications used by you. This is what the official website has to say :
The User Account Control tool will collect user input as well as information on applications causing prompts. The data will be processed to improve the comprehensiveness and robustness of the white list, which will be updatable while running the tool online.
Each time you see a prompt, the Norton Labs UAC Replacement sends meta information about what caused the prompt, and why, to our server. This data will be used, in aggregate, to help Norton Labs build a white list that can be shipped with the UAC replacement and LiveUpdated as needed.
The meta information contains file name and file hashes for the EXE that caused the prompt and the EXE that is to be the recipient of the elevated privileges. In addition, the meta information contains file name and file hashes for DLLs that were active in either of the two EXEs, response information (what option did the user choose, how quickly, and did they choose “do not ask me again”), and date/time info.
You can however opt out of the information sharing program. During the installation process it asks if you wish to “Enable Submission on UAC prompts“. Make sure you dont select this option while installing if you dont wish to share data.
After ruining it’s reputation with some pathetic products (Norton Antivirus 2004-2008) Norton finally seems to be doing things right. Norton Antivirus 2009 was a huge surprise thanks to it’s impressive detection rate and super low system resource usage. Norton UAC tool is still rough around the edges and has many bugs – but that’s expected from a beta product. However, undoubtedly its an extremely handy tool and will hopefully make disabling the UAC a less tempting option.
Download Norton UAC Tool (1.12 MB)
Platforms Supported : Windows Vista
License : Freeware
Version Reviewed : 2008.1.0.11 Beta
9 responses to “Make Vista’s User Account Control Less Annoying with Norton”
Hello, I am back,
with another recommendation. There’s a whitelist
available for Windows 7 users and UAC in Win7,
the software is called: UAC Trust Shortcut 1.0,
you can download it from: http://www.itknowledge24.com.
The best tool ever….trust me man…:)
Have a nice day….:= 🙂
Welcome back Erik. Your recommendations are always welcome. I noticed the TrustShortcut tool while downloding UAC Controller tool from the same site. I will review it at some point.
Pallab, they just released a new version today, UAC Trust Shortcut 1.0.
I just found the post by the author (and the developer) on the Microsoft
Answers Forum. The new version is better the previous. Its awesome.
You shall try it out…man. 🙂
Thanks. I will check it out soon.
Pallab, how are you?
They released a new version, according to some leak out data.
Anyway, I enjoy this tool, it is the BEST tool for UAC which I’ve used.
I really Recommend it for you Pallab. 🙂
Does it work? Is it useful?
Yes, they offer a lot of cool stuff their.
I trust their offers this since they include
the documentation, I’ve been speaking
with the website founder as well, and he
is the developer behinde the tools and all
the things you find there.
It’s always awesome to spread the knowledge
and tell about new software tools…:)
Cool, you website is awesome as well.
Thanks. I will check it out soon.
Pallab, have you checked it?
I am wondering what you think, I think the tool
is awesome. 🙂