How to Disable Searching via a Terminal Services session
Posted on 2008-10-15
I am looking for a way to disable all searching capability from a Terminal Services session in MS Server 2003. Currently I have security and GP settings in place that open Internet Explorer to a specific page full screen on login. There are no menus, toolbars, taskbar, start menu, etc--just IE. I have disabled right click context menu's and the keyboard shortcuts for F3 search and F1 Help.
Problem is that if you hook up a mouse with a "search button" to the thin client that accesses the Terminal server, it still brings up the Search box on the left side of IE. I have gone through and actually disabled the search companion through a registry edit, but that only disables the companion--the old basic search tool still runs if you click the mouse "search" button.
I was thinking if there was a way via Group Policy or related change to straight disable all searching period that would fix my issue. Please advise. Thanks.