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Encrypted RunAs allows administrators to create shortcuts to run programs with elevated rights, without giving users the password.

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Encrypted RunAs

What is Encrypted RunAs?

Encrypted RunAs is a small utility that is designed to make the job of Administrators a little easier, it can be used to run applications or software installations with access rights a standard user does not have.

Fig 1. Main Program Screen

Fig 2: ERAS file this can be
double clicked or used in scripts

Fig 3: Desktop Shortcut this
can be dragged into program
files or added to start up.

Why Encrypted RunAs?

When you work with computers you will soon come across software that will not work with limited user rights. Normally you would have to either add the user to the administrators or Power User group or find why the software requires administrative rights in the first place, this could be due to many reasons ie, trying to access the local machine registry, registering a DLL or OCX control etc etc.

With Encrypted RunAs installed, a shortcut to an application can be created that uses an account on the local machine that has administrator rights. Therefore only giving rights that are required for the application to run correctly and not the whole machine.


Encrypted RunAs creates encrypted shortcuts that point to programs that need to be run with different user credentials, so the password does not need to be given to the user. Encrypted RunAs uses >128 bit encryption for the shortcuts, the password is encrypted twice using information located on the computer/domain for extra security.


Unlike other programs of this type, Encrypted RunAs can also check that the original file the shortcut was created for has not been swapped with an unauthorized file (this prevents users from trying to run unauthorized programs with elevated privileges).

Shortcut File Types

Most programs of this type only allow the use of .exe, .com, and .bat. Encrypted RunAs also allows the use of VBScript files (vbs), this can be used with the CRC feature to ensure that your administration scripts will not run with elevated permissions if the script is changed.

Account Validation

Checks the accounts exist on the local machine or domain before allowing the shortcut to be tested, and then saved.

Shortcut Management

Shortcuts can easily created on All Users Desktops and Programs Menu with Encrypted RunAs, they can also be removed using the Manage Shortcuts tool.

Network Drive and Printer Re-Mapping

Any printers or network drives mapped to the current user are re-mapped when the Encrypted RunAs shortcut is run.

How can it be used?

The screenshot above (Fig 1) shows how to create a encrypted runas file, type the required details username, password, browse to the program to add it to the command line, add parameters if required, click save to save the shortcut information to an encrypted file. Fig 2 and 3 show the 2 resulting files, Fig 2 is the ERAS file and contains the encrypted data, Fig 3 is a standard windows shortcut point to the ERAS file, the icon can be changed and the shortcut move into the program files menu. This file can then be used in the following ways:

  • Double clicking the icon.
  • Running in a script in the format: ERunAs test.eras (test.eras is the encrypted file).
  • Drag the icon over the ERunAs application and release.

Please download the manual for further information.

Available Versions

  • Trial Version - This version can only produce shortcut files that are valid for 3 days using local computer or domain accounts, if a shortcut is created using a domain account a message will pop up stating that it was created using the trial version, but not on the machine it was created on.
  • Single Computer License(s) - The single computer version only allows the use of the Encrypted RunAs shortcut files on the computer that they were created on, and can only use user accounts on the local machine. This version is ideal for home computers to give extra rights on XP limited accounts and public or corporate access computers with multiple logins on a single computer.
  • Unlimited Computer/Domain License - This license gives the most flexibility, it offers the same features as the Single user version but can also use domain as well as local machine accounts. A separate license is required for each domain the program is to be used in. This is the most secure way of incorporating the program into a domain. If you wish the shortcut to be disabled then the domain account can be disabled and it stops all Encrypted RunAs shortcuts using this account from working.
  • Unlimited Computer/Unlimited Domain License - This license is for companies that require the flexibity to use Encrypted RunAs on any domain/site within their company.

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