1.    29 Aug 2017 #1
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    windows 10 pro x64 fall creators update

    How to disable Windows Script Host

    Is there a good way in registry or group policy to disable wscript.exe? Does it apply to all users?
    Purpose is to prevent users from accidentally running malicious scripts.
    I could just delete it or rename it, but it might come back after a Windows update.
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  2.    29 Aug 2017 #2
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    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    You can use this per user (HKCU) or per PC (HKLM).
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Script Host\Settings" /v "Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows Script Host\Settings" /v "Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    Another option, per user based.
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v "DisallowRun" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun" /v "1" /t REG_SZ /d "wscript.exe" /f
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun" /v "2" /t REG_SZ /d "cscript.exe" /f

    Symantec used to recommend it, but they have realized, that preventing malware does not really help them.
    VBS.Downloader.Trojan is written using the Visual Basic Scripting language (VBS). For VBS scripts to execute, Windows Scripting Host (WSH) is required. WSH is installed by default on most Windows systems. However, it is possible to disable the WSH. Read the instructions on disabling the WSH.
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  3.    29 Aug 2017 #3
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