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Exclude Application from UAC


Are UAC pop-ups in Windows 7 and Vista driving you crazy?

Does UAC prevent you from placing a legacy program or application in the Startup folder?

With Software Candy’s Exclude App from UAC you can keep UAC but easily block the annoying UAC pop ups for any application of your choice.

Simply download and install Exclude App from UAC never again be bothered by User Access Control (or UAC) popup windows interrupting you as you work with your favorite program.

New! With the introduction of version 2.0, Exclude App from UAC lets you exclude any number of applications. It has also been positively tested working with 64-bit Windows!

New! Version 2.2 now supports legacy applications (that used to run on Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP) and applications located anywhere on your disk, including folder names that include spaces!

Note: This product has computer security implications. Be sure to read the Advanced tab for additional information.

What is User Access Control and what does Exclude App from UAC do?

User Access Control was designed to limit an application’s privileges on Microsoft’s Windows Vista and Windows 7 system, unless it has been authorized by the user account administrator. This is done to protect the safety of system files from malware and other security issues.

After a while it’s easy to get sick of the countless authorization requests asking you to confirm every action you need to take. If you are an advanced PC user who likes to make changes to your system, you probably see these messages a lot. Knowing that these nagging prompts are one of the biggest complaints among Windows 7 and Vista, Software Candy has come up with a seamless solution to the UAC overload with Exclude App from UAC.

Once downloaded on to your computer, Exclude App from UAC turns off the UAC dialog boxes permanently in one easy step -- for a single application of your choice. With the UAC feature now disabled for that program, you can now invoke it as frequently as you want, without being interrupted by the USA message box. It even stays active after a reboot!

As with all Software Candy products, Exclude App from UAC is completely free of any viruses or spyware (digitally signed for authenticity and integrity) and is well tested for its advertised features. If ever needed, you can also uninstall it completely with a single click, performing a total cleanup after itself.

The beauty of this wizard is that you don't have to follow any complex instructions or now how to type cryptic command line syntax. Once you download this app (keep it on your desktop or in an easy-to-find folder), you open it, select an application program in your computer and... Voila! You will now find a shortcut on your desktop pointing to a UAC-free invocation of the application that you selected.

New! With the introduction of Version 2.0, Exclude App from UAC lets you exclude any number of applications. To add exclusions, simply invoke Exclude Another from the Start Menu.

Note: Our tool will create a special (dedicated) shortcut to run the application excluded from UAC. Your regular shortcut (if you have one) for that application will continue to function as before (i.e. with UAC). Whenever you want to run the application excluded from UAC, be sure to use the dedicated shortcut created during setup.

Being conscious about security, we must advise against disabling UAC in your computer. We are making this product available for educational purposes and for demonstrating our ability to simplify tasks that are only accessible to geeks and IT professionals. If you do decide to purchase this product, use it at your own risk. For more information, continue reading below.

Whether you have virus protection in the form of a Windows anti virus or anti malware, it is important to note that no virus scanner can detect all types of PC virus. Even when your computer is updated to the latest antivirus, your computer can still be infected with a virus, with or without your cooperation. With the introduction of UAC in Windows Vista and Windows 7, however, your cooperation (with the virus) is mandatory for the virus to damage core system files and data of other users.

UAC achieves this by implementing the principle of "least privilege", which dictates that any process running on your computer must have only the privileges required to accomplish its task. That is, no higher privileges whatsoever.

In Windows XP, for example, everything you run has the same privileges as your account, and when you are logged in as Administrator, an application, including Internet Explorer runs with administrative privileges!

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, if an application is written correctly, claiming to not needing administrative rights (e.g. Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Windows Mail, etc), no UAC authorization message will ever pop up, unless it is infected by a virus... This is where UAC's usefulness and true contribution to security lies: If you understand the meaning of this, you will not authorize administrative access and the virus will never contaminate your core system files and other users' data.

Note that, following the explanation above, UAC wouldn't help if you are tricked into agreeing to an application's claim of needing administrative rights. This is true for an illegitimate program asking for administrative rights (as in phishing) and it is also true for a legitimate program asking for administrative rights but happens to be infected with a virus.

To summarize, it appears that UAC really helps when all following conditions are met:
  • All applications installed in your computer are written properly (cooperating with the UAC scheme) and
  • You understand what the UAC prompts mean and
  • You never mistakenly click "Allow" or "Continue" in a moment of carelessness.
Still, to minimize the probability of a virus damaging your core system files or other users' data, we highly recommend leaving UAC at its highest setting and only exclude an application when it is absolutely necessary. This is because one never knows if and when the program you elect to exclude from UAC will be infected with a virus.

  • Q1. I saw some references to a "command line". What is it? Do I have to know what a command line is?
  • A1. No, you don't have to know how to type commands or what a command line is. All you do after downloading and saving our Exclude App from UAC to your desktop (or any folder) is double-click it, click Next, Next, Finish on its wizard and UAC pop-ups are gone.

  • Q2. I downloaded and installed Exclude App from UAC but I can't find any uacTask1 shortcut on my desktop. What happened?
  • A2. When installing Exclude App from UAC, were you prompted by Windows to enter an administrator password? If so, that shortcut was installed on that account's desktop. Logoff, then logon into that administrator account and you will find it there. The current version of Exclude App from UAC doesn't support shortcuts on a Standard account desktop.

  • Q3. I have a legacy application that needs to run on start, from the registry's HKLM/run section. I installed Exclude App from UAC but it still prompts me every time I start. Is there a way to solve this?
  • A3. Yes. Go to that HKLM/run entry and replace the direct full path to that application with the direct full path of the uacTask shortcut on your desktop.

Download Software Candy’s Exclude App from UAC today and say goodbye to the UAC prompt annoyance (for your select program):
  1. Click 'add this to my cart' button below.
  2. Download it (it will become immediately available for download after payment).
  3. Install it.

That's it. :-)

By purchasing this product, you receive 12 downloads for 365 days (whichever expires first). In effect, this gives you up to 12 FREE upgrades for one year. If you purchased this product, remember to periodically check this page for a new version. We strive to polish our products to perfection.

Note: Unless otherwise noted (in the compatibility list below), this software is compatible with the 32-bit version of Windows. Download this FREE tool to check whether your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.

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