Smart User Account Control A Rogue?

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 10, 2008
Updated • Sep 10, 2008
Software, Windows, Windows Vista

Would you trust a company that has published software programs in the past that were listed in adware and spyware databases like Site Advisor, Host Files, Emsisoft, Symantec or Malwarebytes? Would you install a new security product released by that company that replaces Windows Vista's User Account Control, one of the main security components in Windows Vista?

Smart UAC has been released recently and it did receive some praises from bloggers and is listed on several respected software portals like Softpedia which perform various checks on files before they are added to the portal itself.

Many users have shown skepticism about the program itself based on the previous programs developed by Security Stronghold.

The website itself for Smart UAC Replacement looks professional at first glance but sooner or later users will notice that the English on the product's pages has not been written by a professional. It is far from perfect which would be understandable for a freeware or Open-Source project from a non-native speaker but the company apparently does not care that much about the language on their website.

A previous application of Security Stronghold with the name True Sword was classified by Symantec as "a Security Risk that may give exaggerated reports of threats on the computer. The program then prompts the user to purchase a registered version of the software in order to remove the reported threats."

It might be a coincidence that one of Smart UAC Replacement's main features is a scan of running programs with a large database.

Smart UAC Replacement is a free product on the other hand and there are not any reports of users (yet) who were told to buy another product to get rid of a threat that Smart UAC Replacement found on the user's computer.

The question remains, would you install Smart UAC Replacement?


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  1. Don said on December 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I downloaded Quicken Startup Tool Remover from Security Stronghold and actually started to run it. Then I thought how dumb that was and cancelled the run, uninstalled the software.

    Dont know yet how much harm it has done.

  2. Logan Keller said on January 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Smart UAC Replacement needs to be paid for as it’s a really got program!

  3. Amir Stancel said on January 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I’ve happened to download the software and I can say I like it.

  4. Eric Lischke said on November 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Those guys released the new version of Smart UAC here:

    I tested it myself and I can tell you that is much more stable and effective then before.

  5. Dante said on September 10, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the pointer. I will now email the link to this program to every imbecile I hate :)

    Especially those that clogs up the desktop just to show that they have things on the system, much like folks pulling on their chins – pretending to be smart.

  6. David Bradley said on September 10, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the warning. I had it in my downloads folder to test…no more.


  7. Martin said on September 10, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    The How To Geek: The program might be clean but I have no intention to try it out.

    t3ch13: Spelling error, no big deal on a blog like this. A huge deal on business sites. Don’t you think?

  8. t3ch13 said on September 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    “it did receive some prays from bloggers”

    “the English on the product’s pages has not been written by a professional”


  9. The How-To Geek said on September 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for this… I came across that utility on Stumble the other day, have been meaning to test it, but I guess you’ve already proved it’s badware. Thanks!

  10. darkkosmos said on September 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    How does no way sound?

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