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Nutshell: Any time Thunderbird starts now, it requests privilege escalation. I don't want to give it that because it's downloading mail from the internet and is basically THE attack vector on the computer.

So how can I stop Thunderbird from requiring this privilege?

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make a rightclick on the Exe and make sure no compatibility settings are enabled for Thunderbird. – magicandre1981 Mar 24 '13 at 6:01
    
that was it; make it an answer and I'll accept – John Barry Mar 24 '13 at 14:14

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