If your system has multiple Windows user accounts you may wish to prevent individual users from changing the program's configuration options. In a business environment, system administrators may also want to prevent local administrators from changing these settings.
The Permissions section allows you do this by configuring the default level of access on a user group level, as well as providing the option to customize permissions for individual user accounts.
Use the Set password button to create the Administrator password. Please note this is specifically for Emsisoft Anti-Malware, and should not be confused with a Windows administrator password; these are separate things. Once the Administrator password has been set, attempts to use any functions that aren't allowed will be met with a prompt informing the user that this feature has been restricted by their administrator.
Administrators are able to temporarily overwrite any restrictions for the logged on user [until program close] or [until computer restart] by entering the Master key at the prompt. While temporary privileges are in effect, a gold star is displayed over the Emsisoft shield icon as a visual reminder.
At group level, the following levels of access can be set separately for Members of the Administrator's group and All other users:
- No access – Can't view the program interface. All alerts and events are handled automatically. Read-only notifications.
- Read-only access – Can view settings but can't change them. All alerts and events are handled automatically. Read-only notifications.
- Basic access – Can view settings but can't change them. Can run scans and quarantine detected objects. Can decide what to do on alerts.
- Full access – Unrestricted full access to all components of the software.
Unchecking Hide users with default permissions populates the table below with a list of individual user accounts that are present on the system. Selecting a user account from the list allows you to adjust its permission level between [No access], [Read-only access], [Basic access] or [Full access]. There is also the option to reset the account to the default settings for its group level.
To prevent administrators from locking themselves out by restricting access, the permissions for [No access], [Read-only access] and [Basic access] will only become active after the Administrator password has been set.