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Internet Explorer History Protection

Posted on 2004-08-10
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I have a client who needs to maintain her Internet Explorer History & Cookies files in order to determine if her associates are visiting inappropriate websites.  Users are currently cleaning up these files before she has a chance to review them.

Does anyone know a registry hack, IE setting, tweak or IEAK adjustment that can be made so that the Clear History feature (or the entire Internet Options menu selection) can be turned off?

Thanks!
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Eric Westbo
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Load that software and disable what you want.

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm

If you are using active directory on a 2000 server, you could use a GPO.

User Configuration->
Administrative Templates->
Internet Explorer

And disable what you need.
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Thanks, Yan...

Went with the GPO first.  Client is using Win2K Pro & I didn't want to introduce new software to the system.

By first removing the history button from the toolbar (View/Toolbars/Customize), I then opened the GPO in the MMC and made a few tweaks:

User Configuration /
Administrative Templates /
Windows Components /
Internet Explorer /
Browser Menus > enabled "Tools menus: Diable Internet Options..."
Toolbars > enabled "Disable customizing browser toolbar buttons"

With the History button missing from the toolbar, users cannot delete items from the side bar; additionally, they are unable to change to toolbar in order to reinstate the history button.  Furthermore, with Internet Options restricted, they are unable to delete history or cookies.

Works like a charm!

Thanks again!

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Eric Westbo
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