how to prevent users from running certain programs

Very often, systems administrators encounter problems such as users running programs like BitTorrent and download harmful files. Fortunately, this problem is easy to handle as there ways by which an administrator can stop users from running certain programs.

How to Prevent Users from Running Certain Programs

First Option: Group Policy

Start by pressing the Windows key and press R afterwards so the Run dialog box will appear.  Then type gpedit.msc and enter. The Group Policy Editor will appear. Expand user configuration, then Administrative templates, the choose System. Open “Don’t run specified Windows Application, then set policy enable then select SHOW.  The add programs you like to be disallowed from running.

Second Option: Registry

Press down Windows Key then press R to open Rundialog box. Type “regedit” then press enter, when the Registry Editor appears, expand to HKEY_Current_User, Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version, Policies, Explorer then right click on the blank are at the right side to add “DWORD(32-bit)Value titled “DisallowRun,” and open it then assign a Value of “1.” Right click and add new key which is also named “DisallowRun” to create the folder. On the left pane, select “DisAllowrun, right click on the right side and add “1” folder to open it and give it value to represent applications you need to block from running like “itunes.exe” or “bittorrent.exe.” Repeat the process if you want to block more programs and increase the value like 2, 3, 4 and so on and so forth.

With these methods, users will be informed through a dialog box bearing this message “This program has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator” when a user tries to open restricted programs.

If these two methods are not effective, then you can use Applocker to restrict specific programs although that is another long discussion.

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