Windows Vista malware protection features

User Account Control (UAC)

User Account Control (UAC) is the feature that enables Vista to be able to run more reliably without giving the user local admin rights to the system. This does result in some additional dialog boxes and warnings that pop up for users but in the end can reduce the damage that malware can do to a computer.

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