Blocking downloading in Vista?

By mretzloff ยท 6 replies
Oct 14, 2008
  1. Is there anyway I can make it so Vista requires a password to be entered in order to download or install a program? If Vista cannot do this, I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could link me to a program that can do so.

    Thank you for any help.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Well just viewing a webpage is actualy downloading.
    So to distinguish between what you want to download and what you don't want can be difficult (automatically)

    You should start by using a personal firewall, that can block harmful sites and things. And you can set it up to block specific sites (and therefore downloads)

    Otherwise I'm open for suggestion from others as well.
  3. mretzloff

    mretzloff TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 116

    I meant downloading, as in clicking a download button to download a program. Is there anyway to require a password to do so?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    some routers can be configured to restrict specific sites and that can be overridden with a password.

    notice how restrictive the configuration is: must know what to block before you can
    ask for an override.

    like Kimsland said, even browsing a webpage is techically a download.

    the only way I could see this working is using a specialized proxy server
    configured to your needs and prompting for non-html access.

    LOTS of programming there.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Jobeard what happened to Allow Downloads in the Advanced Internet Explorer's settings? Strangely I haven't checked in there since IE6, but this setting is now missing (users were able to tick, do not allow download; I'm sure of it)
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Oh sorry, found it:

    Tools menu
    Internet Options
    Security Tab
    Custom Level button.

    In Security Settings dialog box, I scroll down to Downloads category, and in here I can enable or disable File Download
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    Not being a lover of IE, that config is not emblazzened into my wee brain.

    I would think that setting would trigger excessive prompting ....
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