How do you disable Internet Explorer

Posted on 2006-03-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
How do you disable Internet Explorer without affecting remote desktop connections ?
Question by:mutec1
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    Expert Comment

    You can stop using I.E. but this is linked to RDP and explorer.exe also. You really can not disable something that explorer.exe needs to work. You can remove it from the windows components but it will still be on your computer..
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    Expert Comment

    Do you want to disable Internet Explorer only for remote desktop connections or in general?
    The easiest solution would be:
    Click on the Start button
    Click on set program access and defaults
    Select the Custom pull down list
    Deselect the Enable access to this program checkbox for Internet Explorer
    Click OK.

    Now, all shortcuts are being disabled and iexplore.exe in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer is hidden, but this can be easily overrided by typing iexplore in Start -> Run.
    To disable the access on iexplore.exe:

    Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc -> User configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Don't run listed applications -> iexplore.exe.

    Author Comment

    I tried the gpedit.msc but when I click on IE it starts up again.
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    Expert Comment

    If you just want to prevent users from browsing WEB you can deploy "bugus proxy" technique explained here:
    and here :

    good luck
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    Accepted Solution

    agreed with nedvis about fake proxy,  either that or remove/set fake DNS server from all workstations.

    Expert Comment

    Disable DHCP which won't allow your connections to see the internet and assign static ip addresses. Since you have static Ip addresses your computers will still be visable to your network and your remote connections won't be affected
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    Expert Comment

    If I remember correctly, remote desktop programs provided by Microsoft REQUIRES Internet Explorer in order to function, as stated in the first comment.
    Should you choose to not use IE and still want remote desktop functionality, third-party software is necessary.

    Author Comment

    This seems like some good information at this point no action to disable internet access is required from me.  I believe they will be using some sort of group policy and accont access to segregate the computers.


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