UAC doesn’t catch jack shit from my experience. I’ve had scotty (scotty is a watchdog that barks and comes up for WinPatrol) come up so many times - and it’s the non-virus things that companies do which piss me off to no end.
Just an example - this week, I decided to upgrade Winamp as I’ve been using an older version for literally 3-4 years. I thought hey might as well update it.
That POS wanted to put itself in my startup folder - so it would run everytime my computer started up. I hate this shit. WinPatrol alerted me to this and let me deny it.
iTunes used to be the poster child for wanting to associate itself with every file type without asking. I don’t run iTunes for the past 3-4 years (or longer, who remembers), but Winpatrol always notifies me when this crap comes up.
The other great thing is Winpatrol explorer (it’s the non-resident toolbox of WinPatrol) and it allows you look at your system from a number of tabs - and if you’re like me and naturally inquisitive - I can examine active or scheduled tasks, and since I’ve upgraded to premium, the PLUS information on these are all at my fingertips.
I’ve stopped many viruses by getting a notice that some program was trying to put itself into my startup folder - checking active tasks, then seeing new tasks just identified today, and killing them in their tracks.
It’s free FFS, install it and run it for a while.