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Prevent non-administrators from running internet explorer - How to

Hi There,

I have a Windows 2008 Server running a Digital Video Manager software, and Clients running Windows 7 with the DVM Client software.  All machines are in a Workgroup.  The videos can be accessed via either the DVM client software or Internet Explorer.

How can I stop non-Administrator users from viewing the Videos via Internet Explorer and only allow them via the DVM client software?

I have tried Firewall, however, I can't specify users n an outgoing connection rule.
I can't put a rule on the server side as this would not b able to distinguish between the applications running on the client side.
I can't use Parental Controls as Internet [/list]Explorer is not allowed to be blocked!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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CodeTwo SoftwareSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Hi hany1234,
I know it may be a little drastic, but have you considered disabling the IE completely? Programs and features > Turn Windows Features On or Off > Internet Explorer You could also do this with AppLocker.
A slightly less drastic option would be to deny access to iexplorer.exe with access rights - this way, you can deny only the chosen users and allow it for admins.
As the last resort, you could try educating users. Sometimes it works true wonders.
hany1234Author Commented:
Hi CodeTwoSoftware,

Turning off Internet Explorer will also stop Administrators from running it.  I want Admins to be able to use when/if required.
Unlike the usual file and folder permissions, Windows doesn't seem to allow placing security permissions on iexplore.exe or its parent folder.

I will try AppLocker later today.

Thanks for your hints :)
hany1234Author Commented:
Hi All,

Looks like the best solution is to add a local security policy for Non-Administrators that does not allow executing iexplore.exe

Regards :)
hany1234Author Commented:
Best solution so far.
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