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by clo312 / February 27, 2005 2:35 PM PST

I am tring to disallow certain programs from all users except my self. Basically only want users to have access to internet email or a few games not to programs such as my symantec software. Can and how can this be done?

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Install it only to your
by Ray Harinec / February 27, 2005 4:49 PM PST
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users account, not the "all users" account. Then be sure that you have assigned a password to your account.

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Won't work
by Yew / February 27, 2005 9:10 PM PST

All a user would have to do is make their way to the Program Files directory and run the executable directly.

Believe it or not, there are quite a few of us out there who don't need icons on the desktop to run a program. I know we're a minority, especially among Windows users, but do you really want to take the chance of running into one of us using your method?

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Are you impatient?????
by Ray Harinec / February 27, 2005 4:54 PM PST
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Why two posts with same question???????????? Are you aware that there are no paid individuals here, including Moderators????? Thus when help arrives depends on many individual's personal factors such as they go to work to put food on the table, go to church on Sunday, live on the other side of the world etc.

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No easy way
by Yew / February 27, 2005 9:16 PM PST
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In order to do what you want, you have to get into the fun world of permissions and group policy management. It's stuff so dry, even a beancounter would likely find it boring.

Windows security is essentially an oxymoron, and there's no real good way to lock things down. If you're dealing with average Windows users, who wouldn't know what to do if there's not an icon on the desktop for a program, then the previous answer given would suffice. If you're dealing with more advanced users, then unless you're willing to learn the trade of being a Windows box administrator (stock up on asprin, you'll need it), just accept the fact that if those people want into something, they'll get into it and there's nothing you can do about it.

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Clo, This Will Help...It's Not That Difficult
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 28, 2005 4:11 AM PST
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Some information is needed from you...Are you the administrator of the computer? Have you created "limited" users for all the other users? "Limited Users" can not install system changing programs and can't alter system files. You can set up limited user restrictions so they can only use programs of your choice. There are various ways to do it but all of them require you to be the administrator and the other users to have specific log ons in a "limited user" capacity of some sort..(Guest, power user, user, etc.)

If you want to limit specific program access, you should be able to navigate to the program in the "Program Files" folder from Windows Explorer, RIGHT click on the program's .exe file, choose "Properties". When the Properties window loads, click on the "Security" tab, then place CHECK marks in the all the boxes in the "Deny" column. Click on Apply, then OK. BE SURE THAT YOUR ARE NOT PART OF THAT USER GROUP. The next time the limited user attempts to use the program, Windows will give a pop up indicating the lack of permissions.

Some antivirus programs actually have password protection. Our corporate versions do. Does your's?

Hope this helps.


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