Shield Icon

Just installed windows 10 and I get these annoying shield icons whenever I create shortcuts to a desktop. What is causing it and how can I disable it for all icons?

Edit: after suggested methods still unsolved... Why does windows make it so complicated?

P.S. If you're on Home edition, I don't think you have Local Security Policy editor available. Also if the icons remain the same just right click go to properties, change icon, select any icon and press ok.

Edit3: Found the solution but ran into bigger issue. When I try to open any windows related app it says: This app can't be opened using the built-in administrator....can't even open pictures...
What a shame Windows 10

  • It indicates the program needs to run elevated. It should not appear on all programs. – Daniel B Jul 22 '16 at 6:46
  • @DanielB yes it does not appear on some programs. Is there any way to completely disable this nosense? – Giancarlo Jul 22 '16 at 6:47
  • It's no nonsense. It's a security feature. – Mario Jul 22 '16 at 6:56
  • @Mario The Shield icon is the nonsense. He isn't trying to make everything run non-elevated (if there is such a thing). Unfortunately, the answer by you just removes one of Windows more important security features. – Don't Root here plz... Jul 22 '16 at 9:42
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    This same question has been asked here. – Don't Root here plz... Jul 22 '16 at 9:51

The shield icon indicates that a program may only be started using elevated privileges (read: administrator access).

This is part of the User Account Control (UAC).

If you really want to disable it, open your start menu, type UAC and open the first and only result, which should be the User Account Control Settings.

You'll find a slider to adjust the security settings. Drop it down to the lowest setting to essentially restore Window's classic behavior of never asking.

Keep in mind that disabling UAC will put you at severe higher risk from malware such as ransomware. Do so at your own risk.

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  • I already did that as soon as I installed windows... – Giancarlo Jul 22 '16 at 7:04
  • Oh I think I got it, The programs which were installed prior to me disabling the UAC still have that shield overlay, but newly installed programs don't have it anymore. – Giancarlo Jul 22 '16 at 7:12
  • @Giancarlo That shouldn't actually be the case. It really just depends on the individual program. – Mario Jul 22 '16 at 8:00
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    This answer to question clears the UAC Badge without removing a single security feature. – Don't Root here plz... Jul 22 '16 at 9:52
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    @XiongChiamiov To be honest I assumed this is about the UAC prompt. As mentioned, I'm aware this has no influence on the icon overlay. Also there's a clear warning about this. – Mario Jul 23 '16 at 16:14

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