Disable downloads of executables in Internet Explorer

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Hey,

Is it possible to disable the download of executables (.exe, .com, .vbs, etc) in internet explorer without losing the ability to download pdf files or zip doc files?

Thanks in advance,

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To the best of my knowledge, no. You can enable, or disable file downloads, but I'm not aware of anyway to specify which types.
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Yeah agree. Think you'd need a third party program to do that. As a tip, you can get some anti-virus programs to completely block access to a list of files (Computer Associates e-Trust antivirus has that feature for instance)

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why would u want to block them? why not try not to download them?
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Foxy, from a network administrator point of view, it's a really good question. You're not likely to obtain viruses if one of your non-savvy employees downloads a pdf or zip file (well maybe zips) whereas .exe,.com,.vbs files are more prone to potential disaster.

There are programs like Symantec's Enterprise Edition Web Security that can really do a bang up job on RealTime scanning of downloads, but they aren't cheap and are usually going to be a corporate environment type solution.

However, as stated in itself, IE let's you shut it off or not, but not specify what specifically can or can't be downloaded. It's always the choice of the user to download or not, but if you are trying to control what other less knowledgeable users do, therein lies the problem...
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at my school they use a system called CSE3k, it runs the school computers...
we still use IE5 (how annoying)
but they have another program called Impereo, it disables all downloads, most of the IE buttons are blocked (e.g. Internet options)
Seems like good software, One of my teachers sons developed it
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Actually blocking these buttons dosen't come alone, it also has to be followed with restricitions concerning the Registry.

For example, alot of the internet options (like clear history, change the default webpage) are disabled....but can be enabled through the registry in the
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
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It was mentioned in a couple responses that it would easier to disable downloads via internet explorer rather than specific types of files.
My question is how does one go about restricting all downloads if it is easier.

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