Should i enable the hidden administrator account?

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  1.    1 Week Ago #11

    Brink said: View Post
    Almost the same, but still has more access rights.
    It would still depend on the owner and access permissions of the folders even for the built-in Admin, but usually it can access most.
    Okay. I like having as many rights for my computer as possible, so i think im going to go for it.

    mrgeek said: View Post
    Yes, it is but what you're missing is what 'Bree' pointed out ... that viruses, malware and ransomware can install themselves, without Your permission, by bypass the UAC or Smartscreen warnings. That's one purpose of the hidden Admin, to give anybody or anything, including bad guys, full rights to do anything to the computer. If that doesn't matter to you, then go for it.
    The last time i had a virus was 4 years ago. It basically screwed all my files on my computer. But since i got my files backed up on a separate usb memory stick, it shouldnt be a problem i guess?
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  2.    3 Days Ago #12

    Cerawy said: View Post

    But since i got my files backed up on a separate usb memory stick, it shouldnt be a problem i guess?
    Only if that backup drive is not connected at the time of trouble or is write protected.
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  3.    3 Days Ago #13

    Its not. Its a separate usb memory stick.

    P.S it seems that logging into the hidden administrator account changes my settings completely. Can i get all my settings back without having to do it manually?
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  4.    3 Days Ago #14

    Even when NT was first released more than 25 years ago Microsoft did not recommend using an admin level account for regular use. That was to be reserved for occasions when it was needed. Security then was much less of a concern then now. Now in 2019 the problem with malicious software in all it's forms is far more serious. Running with a standard non elevated admin account does not ensure safety but it does give a added level of security.

    Having the Administrator account enabled is a security risk, using for general use is worse. I would consider the risk as unacceptable except for very unusual situations, such as on a system that has no Internet access.

    Yes, using a non elevated account is at times inconvenient. But dealing with a serious malware infection is also an inconvenience.
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  5.    2 Days Ago #15

    LMiller7 said: View Post
    Yes, using a non elevated account is at times inconvenient. But dealing with a serious malware infection is also an inconvenience.
    Its not more inconvenient than having your most important files backed up on a separate usb memory stick, or using aomei to recover your computer. Also, if you use windows defender with a good antispyware program, you should be safe as long as you are browsing safely. Just my 2 cents.
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