Disabling Internet Downloads

Posted on 2001-06-02
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Does anyone know of a way to disable Internet downloads on a Windows 2000 domain? Basically I want to disable all downloads so that they can't save to disk or open from location.
Question by:phreakin
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phreakin I tried it, works great...
-Open ADU&C
-Right click the domain name (root of hive) choose properties.
-Click group policy & edit.
-Go down to "User Configuration->Administrative templates->Windows Componants->Internet Explorer->Browser Menus & enable "Disable Save this program to disk option"
-From a workstation type secedit /refreshpolicy user_policy ... Then try to download something from or any site.. Nice message stating "operation cancelled due to restrictions in effect"

-I guess if you want to allow a select few to be able to download you could move them to an OU and not apply the restriction....
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What if they have netscape installed ??

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-Shoot them in the head. :)

-I'll check into that..

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This would solve saving programs to disk, but how would it stop people from opening files from the current location?
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phreakin excellent point. at the same location as the option I described earlier... There is another option "disable context menu" enable this one as well....

-If you can right click in a web page, then you cant open from current location right ? heheheh works also.. tried it..
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-I meant "-If you CANT right click in a web page, then you cant open from current location"
-What do you think ?
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So phreakin, whats up >?

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Sorry, forgot about it :)

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