CNET Editors' review
Freeware tool StripMyRights can protect you from online attacks by limiting user rights to programs like Internet Explorer and Outlook, but installation requires an experienced user. The program doesn't follow traditional installation methods. The three files that come in the zipped file each invoke some aspect of StripMyRights. One involves modifying shortcuts, the other points the registry to StripMyRight's files, while the third replaces IE and Outlook programs with select executables supplied by StripMyRights.
The simple premise behind StripMyRights is to protect those with administrator rights by reducing such rights when surfing the Internet or sending e-mail through Outlook. This protects your computer by blocking malicious programs that try to infiltrate your system.
You can easily designate the level of user rights, but each setting is a trade-off. The strictest settings block users from many expected functions, including installing programs. As the publisher notes, some modes impact tester's abilities to use tools like the Run command, but the program effectively limits rights when using Outlook and IE.
Even with the usage instructions for all three modules, this freeware tool is only for savvy users comfortable working with the registry. If you prefer to work as the administrator, StripMyRights gives you some options to help protect your computer.
Utility for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that runs applications with reduced rights. If you for instance are logged on as Administrator or another user with administrative privileges on your Windows computer, you can use StripMyRights to run for instance Internet Explorer, Outlook or other programs with the rights of an ordinary user. In this way the security risk of being logged on with elevated privileges may be reduced. The utility is based on the ideas of the DropMyRights tool from Microsoft, but with several features added.
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