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?
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.