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Disabling internet explorer

by sound_of_silence / May 15, 2012 12:05 AM PDT

I can't find a way to prevent anyone using my laptop from accessing IE.

I tried disabling access from %SystemRoot%\system32\control.exe appwiz.cpl,,3 but this seems to have no effect.

I have windows vista 6.0 with service pack 1 and the browser is IE 7.0 (I uninstalled IE8 if that makes a difference)

Any suggestions appreciated Happy Thanks!

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Re: disabling Internet Explorer
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 15, 2012 12:12 AM PDT

1. Why do you want so?
2. What version of Vista (Home, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate)? Makes a difference for the controlling access to files.

What happens if you rename iexplore.exe to ladygaga.jpg and move it to your My Pictures? Don't tell the other users of your laptop you did. Then see if they manage run IE.
But then don't come complaining with us if you have to undo the operation to be able to access Windows Update yourself.


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More info
by sound_of_silence / May 15, 2012 2:33 AM PDT

Hey, thanks for the reply.

1. So I can't be distracted whilst revising for exams.
2. Vista Home Premium. Obviously I could rename it but there must be a better solution and besides I'm trying to implement some change that's difficult to undo myself.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 15, 2012 4:19 AM PDT
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There's an easier way, don't use it.

How does having IE not open distract you?

Even if you could disable IE, why wouldn't Chrome distract you?


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So... you have two browsers...
by rock06r100 / August 2, 2012 1:36 AM PDT

but you only get distracted by IE? IDONTGETIT.

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Here's a fun way to confound the would be IE user.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2012 2:36 AM PDT

In your FIREWALL block port 80. That should cause any BROWSER to spew an error page. Dead.

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by sound_of_silence / May 15, 2012 4:14 AM PDT

Good, but I need to use chrome for research. I have chrome nanny for that btw.

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Then a wife would be best.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2012 4:17 AM PDT
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I find a wife better than a nanny.

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(NT) PS. Be sure to uninstall 1.0 before installing 2.0
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2012 4:18 AM PDT
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