“Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”

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Hello everyone!

I use Windows 10 home

Whenever I install some new software, the window appears, where I get asked the following:
“Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”

1)
Where can I see a list, with all the apps that has been granted access?

2)
What parts of my system does the app get access to?

3)
The whole drive with all my data?

Thank you in advance for replying

Best regards

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Hello @emil frederiksen,

 

The 'Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?' prompt is basically the User Account Control prompt. You can read all about it in this documentation:

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/how-user-...

 

The answer to your questions:

 

1) IMO, there is no such list to access. All the third-party apps (except Microsoft Store apps) you may have installed should have been granted via UAC prompt.

 

2) This specifically depends upon the app you are granting access to.

 

3) May or may not be possible, again depends upon the app.

 

Regards.

Hi,
you could have a list in Event Viewer whenever an application requests UAC

more info here:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8134195/which-events-are-triggered-on-a-uac-prompt
Thank you for your post!

It just seems weird / wrong to me that, when I grant this kind of access to an app. The app could potentially get access to all my personal files on my drive, and then change and upload / steal them?

Further questions:

 

I have installed:
Authentic games (acknowledged titles and not pirated)
AVG and Malwarebytes
Acknowledged software for recreating deleted data

Should any of those rise any concern regarding, that they in any was accessed something they should not, or in any way uploaded any data that was not part of their function?


If ANY software tries to install (malicious), will this window asking for permission get triggered?

Thanks in advance for replying

Best regards

Windows Security (Defender) has the built-in tools that detect potentially unwanted apps, malware, virus and other malicious files/apps/websites.

as a user, don't give file permission to apps that you don't trust.

@HotCakeX 

To try to sum up my concern.
I have some folders containing private files (not anything shady etc.), pictures of my newborn child etc.

How can I surely find out, that no "shady" software has acccess to my personal folders, and that it has not uploaded the content of these folders without my knowledge?

How would you approach this?

Thanks again for your help

Best regards

just don't install apps you don't trust, that'd be my approach.
use Bitlocker on your drives too.

also enable controlled folder access in Windows defender and add your important folders to it.