One of the lingering complaints most people have with Vista is the UAC. Honestly, it bugged the crap out of me for about the first two or three months I used the operating system. I learned, though, to live with it. In fact, I’ve learned to embrace it’s intrusion. I find it somewhat comforting to know that the operating system will warn me if something tries to install code that I did not initiate. And even for the stuff that I do myself, I like to know when things are going into directories that I had not expected. For all it’s usefulness, though, it is still a bit annoying at times. There are some things, like driver installs, that I don’t need to approve. There’s got to be a better way, and there is.
Enter Norton Labs UAC replacement. Norton UAC is an interface to Vista UAC that ‘learns’ what should and should not be allowed. You are in control of the learning process and the tool is a bit less annoying. You will still get the pop ups and dark screen, but, over time, it will learn and make the whole process better.
Currently, the tool is a free download. I don’t really care much for Norton products, but this one is a keeper. It has not noticeably slowed my system-something most Norton products do-and is doing what they said it should do. Pretty good stuff, indeed.