Block Software from Installing or running

  1.    #1

    Block Software from Installing or running

    Is there a way to stop certain software/apps from installing, or if not possible, from not running? I want to block chrome.

    Also, can edge in the start menu be hidden?


    ( win10 home x64 )
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  2.    #2

    Some firewalls can block programs. And you can install programs that restrict access to programs, although presumably you'd need one with some security features.
    (Specified up to Win 8)

    Managing a child's account (e.g.):
    Family Settings - Manage for Child in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Windows 10 initially had built-in parental controls (family safety) but this was removed, I understand, and replaced with something more complicated to set up:

    Windows 10 Parental control - Microsoft Community
    The Family Safety control panel has been removed from Windows 10, because you can now manage all your parental controls at (Yes, I know sometimes Cortana brings it up for you, but as you've noticed, it doesn't do anything.)

    We've also updated the instructions for setting up the new family features in Windows 10, so check those out here:

    Here's an example using group policy (not available in Win 10 Home) for an older version of Windows.. if you look around you may well be able to find a later version:
    How to Stop Users From Installing Google Chrome | Windows content from Windows IT Pro
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  3.    #3


    I dont really want to create user accounts, or user wide parental controls etc.. Just after blocking a program, or two.

    I checked the app, but it seems people are having some errors with it.

    I was really hoping this could be achieved with a registry edit! Not sure if the last link for GP, could be used with reg files in win home?
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  4.    #4

    Why hack the registry? Best get some software to do the job you're happy with, or look into Group Policy changes as I suggested. The registry should be the last resort.
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  5.    #5

    It's home, so GP isnt an option.

    I'd rather no software, because they seem to have bugs and cause problems. If there is a stable uptodate portable app that will do it, and doesnt need to keep running or cause errors, then that would be good.

    Personally I like simple reg files that will do the job, after all, this place is where I get most of them
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  6.    #6

    Antivirus programs can do this. I get Kaspersky Internet Security free from my bank and you can block program access very flexibily. It also has a 'trusted applications' mode and will automatically block a program not recognised on Kaspersky's database.
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  7.    #7

    There are dozens of such programs in the net. I’d prefer a more flexible variant, helping me also to limit the time for certain programs and websites (e.g., so I use Time Boss Pro. It can do all the described stuff and even more (remote access from your PC to childs PC...).
    You can try K9, Kasper..
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