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Firefox, preventing downloads

By MartinJK
Aug 19, 2007
  1. Hi there tech friends.
    I am running Mozilla Firefox latest version on a iMac. My question is are there any ways of preventing the downloading of files on a user account? The Internet Explorer had this feature, but I cant seem to find in within Firefox. I want to set this iMac so that the downloading of files if not possible.
    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I use Firefox on a PC. But I am wondering just what kind of files you're referring to.. To the best of my knowledge, the user has to accept a download-it doesn't just 'happen'.

    Are you trying to limit downloads for a specific user? Restrict some access?
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    The only difference between a download to the HD and viewing a website page
    is the file extension on the URL being accessed and the browser settings for
    Opening it vs Saving it.

    IE does 'interesting things' because it breaks the W3C standards and MS likes
    to write their own rules.

    Blocking access to some site is easy(by blocking the url),
    also some types of content,
    eg: blocking all *.zip, *.rar, *.exe
     
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    If Martin would answer "Are you trying to limit downloads for a specific user? Restrict some access?" Then it would be much easier to give suggestions.
     
  5. MartinJK

    MartinJK Topic Starter

    Thanks for your replys.
    Yes, I am interested in blocking all downloadable files for specific users.
    Web browsing is not a problem, but downloading applications is.

    Thanks
     
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Is there any way to disable Firefox download manager?

    The consensus was no.

    I checked the features in AdBlock and the Filterset and don't see any way to 'generically' prevent the downloads.
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    that's right -- a download looks (internally) excatly as if you are viewing a webpage

    see this again
     
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