JSI Tip 5307. How can I prevent users from downloading files from the Internet?

Internet Explorer allows users to download files by clicking a download link and pressing Save.

You can set Tools / Internet Options / Security / Internet / Custom Level / Downloads / File download to Disable to prevent this functionality.

You can also configure the Internet zone using the registry.

You can disable downloads for a specific user by running a .reg file that contains:

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\[HKEY_USERS\<SID>\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3\]
"1803"=dword:00000003

NOTE The user should log off and log on for the changes to take effect.

NOTE In a logon script, replace HKEY_USERS\<SID> with HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

You can disable downloads for all users of a computer by running a .reg file that contains:

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\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3\]
"1803"=dword:00000003

NOTE The computer should be restarted for the changes to take effect.



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