IE: Disable User Access to Privacy Settings in Internet Explorer

Posted May 19, 2005 by AlexTheBeast in Windows networking

You can prevent users from altering the IE privacy settings on a system.


In our public computer workroom, various people are always changing the settings on the system, installing spyware, etc. This can be a nuisance. I use gpedit.msc in an attempt to slow them down. If you do not have XP Professional, I have included the registry hack for you as well.

XP Professional using the Group Policy Editor:

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. In the Run box, type gpedit.msc, and click OK.
    4. Open the Group Policy Tree.
    5. Browse to the following:
    USER CONFIGURATION\ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES\WINDOWS COMPONENTS\INTERNET EXPLORER\INTERNET CONTROL PANEL

    6. Double-click Disable The Privacy Page policy.
    7. Select the Enabled button.
    8. Click OK.
    9. Close out the Group Policy Editor.

If you do not mind editing the registry, this hack will do the same thing with any version of XP. If you are not a registry expert, do not attempt this before backing up your registry and system.

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. Type regedit in the Run box, and click OK.
    4. In the left column, navigate to the following:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\

    5. If the Internet Explorer subkey is not there, create it using the following steps:
    [list] – Click edit.
    – Select New.
    – Select Key.
    – Type Internet Explorer.

6. Navigate to the Internet Explorer subkey.
7. If the Control Panel subkey is not there, create it using the following steps:

    – Click edit.
    – Select New.
    – Select Key.
    – Type Control Panel.

8. Navigate to the Control Panel subkey
9. If the PrivacyTab DWORD is not there, create it using the steps below:

    – Click the Edit menu.
    – Select New.
    – Select DWORD value.
    – Type PrivacyTab.

10. Double-click the PrivacyTab DWORD, and set the value to 1 to disable it.
11. Close the Registry Editor.
If you ever want to re-enable it, just change the DWORD value to 0.

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