Blocking Microsoft Edge From Running?

Henry Floyd
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Hey all,

i've been asked to block Edge from running on all of our Windows 10 machines as our company uses's Chrome, I've blocked it in GPO, which seems to be fine if i go to the file location of Edge, doesn't open! But if i try and open it from the task bar or start menu it opens with no problem...

Any thoughts?
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Tahir QureshiSystem Analyst

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Make Internet Explorer or any other browser the default browser. That way Edge will not pop up.
Use Edge Blocker to block Edge browser.    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/edge-blocker-block-edge-browser
Use this tool to uninstall Edge. I have not tried this or Edge Blocker, so create a system restore point first and use it at your own risk.   http://winaero.com/download.php?view.1835

Edge is closely integrated with the Windows 10 operating system, so I would suggest you go for the first option.

I want to mention that renaming the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder, in C:\Windows\SystemApps, even if you can rename it, does not really help at all!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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if i try and open it from the task bar or start menu it opens with no problem...

Normal. Edge is built right into Windows 10, cannot be uninstalled and is used for Windows 10 functions beyond browsing.

Set your default to something else and use that.

Edge works just fine so no real issue using it.
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How did you block it?

I would recommend AppLocker
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You may have issues running Windows 10 functions if you block Edge. But then, that may not matter to you.

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I agree with Shaun
Applocker is the recommended way

If you want to use  AppLocker group policy, Microsoft Edge is belong to Packaged app. Please use this path to deny it:

Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Application Control policies\AppLocker\Packaged app Rules
Henry FloydICT Technician

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I've tried Applocker but that doesn't seem to be working either, oops!

Is there any way within GPO to block all websites in Edge?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Just out of curiosity, why do you need to block Edge?  

It works well, and it is a functional part of Windows 10.

Why will you be better off without Edge?
Henry FloydICT Technician

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Sorry John i should explain this, in our office we use an online admin area, doesn't seem to like Edge too much so Chrome it is.

I want to block all sites in Edge and IE so that users don't go on any sites they shouldn't.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Any site you can use in Edge and IE, you can use in Chrome, and vice-versa. Eliminating a browser does not block sites.

Blocking sites is a firewall activity at the edge of your network. That is the best way to control sites.
Henry FloydICT Technician

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It's only a handful of users who need blocking, would be easier for me to block everything in Edge and IE, i sorted out Chrome a while back to allow only certain sites.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Chrome keeps changing as well. Long term (even medium term) you would be better off using Websense or other firewall technique to block websites you do not want. This will work better and reduce your workload over time.

Limit the number of sites you block and train users to be responsible.
Henry FloydICT Technician

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Rule number one John: Users can never be trusted!

I've found a way of breaking Edge, took control of the folder and changed the Edge.exe names, sorted!

Thanks everyone.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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A package repair will just add it back in. I would still use AppLocker directly on the EXE that you changed (not packages)
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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Glad we could help.

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