UAC / Protected Mode prevents any downloads in IE7?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Trevor Heywood, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. With UAC on, I am unable to download anything from an internet site. I click
    on the link/button or whatever, and nothing happens. The ony way I can get to
    download anything is by adding the site to my trusted sites. I don't want to
    do this for every site I want to download something from - help!
     
    Trevor Heywood, Feb 27, 2007
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  2. Trevor Heywood

    Jesper Guest

    With UAC on, I am unable to download anything from an internet site. I click
    What makes you believe this is related to UAC? Can you give us more
    information on what is happening?

    1. Browser?
    2. Site?
    3. Which link?

    Could this be a link that actually is not directly to a download but rather
    a link to a page which spawns a script that performs the download? That type
    of action should result in a canary warning bar in IE. Not sure how it would
    impact other browsers.
     
    Jesper, Feb 27, 2007
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  3. Thanks for your reply. I have resolved the issue. I was using "GetRight", a
    most excellent download/ftp manager, which was causing a problem with
    Protected Mode on. Without protected mode, everything was fine. I have since
    upgraded GetRight to the latest version which is Vista compatible, everything
    works and I'm a happy bunny!
    Thanks again
     
    Trevor Heywood, Feb 27, 2007
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  4. Trevor Heywood

    Jesper Guest

    Thanks for your reply. I have resolved the issue. I was using "GetRight", a
    Figures it was something like this. You didn't have to turn off Protected
    Mode to get this to work did you?
     
    Jesper, Feb 27, 2007
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  5. No, UAC is still on and download links work fine.

    Now all I have to do is figure out how to train UAC to stop blocking certain
    startup programs...
     
    Trevor Heywood, Feb 27, 2007
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  6. Trevor Heywood

    Jesper Guest

    Now all I have to do is figure out how to train UAC to stop blocking certain
    Is it UAC blocking them or is it Windows Defender? Not everything
    security-related in Vista is UAC. :)
     
    Jesper, Feb 27, 2007
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  7. No, definitely UAC this time. I've been using Defender for ages without UAC
    on, no problem (but I did just check Defender to make sure ;-)). When I
    activate UAC it blocks 2 progs at startup - I can manually allow them each
    time, but it's a pain...
     
    Trevor Heywood, Feb 27, 2007
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  8. Trevor Heywood

    Jesper Guest

    No, definitely UAC this time. I've been using Defender for ages without UAC
    Apologies if this shows up twice (the web interface is not very good).

    Are these programs in a logon script? That is the only instance where UAC
    actually "blocks" something; or are you using the term "block" to mean
    "prompt to allow" in this scenario?
     
    Jesper, Feb 27, 2007
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  9. I have an icon in the notification area entitled "Blocked startup programs".
    Clicking on it gives me the options:
    Show or remove blocked startup programs
    Run blocked program >
    View help

    the help is informative:

    "Run or remove blocked startup programs

    User Account Control prevents programs that require permission or an
    administrator password from running automatically when Windows starts. If a
    program is blocked, you'll see a message in the notification area that says
    some startup programs need permission to run. You can run a blocked program,
    remove blocked programs from startup, or ignore the notification."

    Then it offers this:

    "To run a blocked program
    Right-click the Blocked startup programs icon in the notification area.

    Click Run blocked program, and then click the name of the program you want
    to run. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation,
    type the password or provide confirmation.

    Note
    You'll need to repeat these steps each time you want to run the program
    after starting Windows."

    It's that last bit I don't like!
     
    Trevor Heywood, Feb 27, 2007
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  10. Trevor Heywood

    Jesper Guest

    I have an icon in the notification area entitled "Blocked startup programs".
    Do the programs have the "Run as administrator" bit checked in the
    properties?

    Also, are they run from a logon script? If so, see this:
    http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/gpoguy/archive/2006/12/03/Follow-up-to-Vista-logon-script-issues.aspx
     
    Jesper, Feb 27, 2007
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  11. One has the 'Run as Administrator" box checked, because it won't work
    otherwise. The other one doesn't. Both are installed as startup programs in
    the Windows Registry. No logon scripts.
     
    Trevor Heywood, Feb 27, 2007
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  12. Trevor Heywood

    Jesper Guest

    One has the 'Run as Administrator" box checked, because it won't work
    OK, that makes more sense. So, no. You can't change that. I'm not sure why
    the second one prompts, but short of configuring UAC to allow automatic
    elevation, or turning it off altogether there is no way to get rid of the
    prompt. If the program worked without admin privs you could probably work
    around it, but as you claim they don't, you can't really do much.
     
    Jesper, Feb 27, 2007
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