I've lost some admin rights. Is that due to BitDefender ?

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  1. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
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    I've lost some admin rights. Is that due to BitDefender ?


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    I installed the paid BitDefender a few days ago. I now think my Admin privileges are reduced. If so, how do I restore privileges - even if it's just on a temporary basis.

    In Control Panel > User Accounts, I see:

    - <me>
    - Local Account
    - Administrator

    However, I believe that I can no longer do some of the things that I could do about a week ago.

    Examples:

    - I no longer have a "Second Admin" account on my login screen. (Purpose of account: to allow login if my primary account refused access.) I'm assuming that's because I no longer have the rights to create Admin accounts.

    - I suspect that iDrive thinks I'm not an Admin. The "AppData" folder is marked in red, which means I'm not allowed to copy the contents. I've posted this issue on the iDrive forum.

    - The WhatsApp link link on my desktop disappeared. I'm not allowed to access C:\Program Files\WindowsApps to replace the icon. But I can launch from the Start menu.

    I would be grateful for any advice.

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10
       #2

    net user username command to see what your account is.
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  3. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
    Thread Starter
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    Malneb said:
    net user username command to see what your account is.
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    The results were:

    Local Group Memberships *Administrators *Users
    Global Group memberships *None
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  4. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10
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    Well that output is saying you are in the Admin group.

    After reading over Bitdefenders docs i cannot see anything that is saying it changes account permissions, i think it would also be a liability if it was able to do this, there is some info online saying that the program is invasive with user control but i have never used this app extensively so i am not sure.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Admin is also highest level for the user so i don't think an app can come in and change that like what i mean is take that away from you. Unless there is something with the files like its taken ownership or something idk.
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    In this video, you will find detailed instructions on how to enable the hidden administrator account on Windows 11,10, 8, 7 or Vista based computer, by modifying the Windows Registry Offline in case you cannot login to Windows by using another account with admin rights.

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  6. Posts : 17,013
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    OldGrantonian said:
    - I no longer have a "Second Admin" account on my login screen. (Purpose of account: to allow login if my primary account refused access.) I'm assuming that's because I no longer have the rights to create Admin accounts.
    Use the
    Code:
    net user
    command to confirm that the account still exists.


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  7. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10
       #7

    well if you type net user administrator /active:yes in an elevated prompt and it says that you cannot do that even though your account is in admin group then something strange is going on. The Admin account itself is not important.
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  8. Posts : 17,013
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #8

    But the OP has not said that.

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    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4412 (x64) [22H2]
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    OldGrantonian said:
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    The results were:

    Local Group Memberships *Administrators *Users
    Global Group memberships *None


    I also have a Local > Administrator account.

    I've been running paid Bitdefender (Internet Security) for 10 years.
    I've not noticed any reduction in Admin permissions.

    I only use four of Bitdefender's thirteen modules. The Anitvirus, the Advanced Threat Defense the Firewall, and two items in Online Threat Prevention.

    For Online Threat Prevention I only have: Web attack prevention and Network threat prevention... enabled.



    Modules I don't use... (Antivirus and Advanced Threat Defense, not shown in the top pic).

    I've lost some admin rights. Is that due to BitDefender ?-000000-bitdefender-disabled-modules.jpg




    Check under Utilities > Profiles > Settings. I have "Activate profiles automatically... disabled, and I don't have any of the profiles enabled anyway.

    As for C:\Program Files\WindowsApps, I believe Windows itself blocks access to that folder.
    I had to use "Take Ownership" to access that folder...

    Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10
    Last edited by Ghot; 17 May 2023 at 07:21.
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  10. Posts : 17,013
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    OldGrantonian said:
    I now think my Admin privileges are reduced
    If you right-click on the Start button & select Windows PowerShell (Admin) [or Command prompt (Admin), if that's what you have set up instead] then this dialog should appear if your account is still recognised as an Admin one

    This is called the ConsentUI
    - Note that it allows you to proceed by clicking a Yes button. There is no need to enter a UserName & password.

    If, however, this next dialog appears then your account is not recognised as an Admin one

    This is called the CredentialUI
    - You have to enter an Admin account's username & password to proceed.
    - Its More choices link allows you to choose a different Admin UserName & hence password than the one offered.

    Just for info, a generic name for both types of dialog is ElevationUI.

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