I have come across a way to disallow specific .exe files from running by adding values to the registry. I thought it might be useful to block common problem programs like Conduit Search Protect, Spigot, CouponSaver, etc.
I own a computer repair business and come across hijacked browsers all the time. In an effort to offer the best service to my customers, I'd like to make a batch file that loads registry values that block the installation of Potentially Unwanted Programs.
The problem that I am coming across is that I need the file name for the .exe files to disallow them in the registry. When I try to find a place to download Conduit, for example, I can not find anything (not even on conduit.com).
There are 2 problems here:
1. These programs often piggyback on other legitimate programs (Adobe Flash Player is a classic example). I'm not sure that they run as separate .exe files. They might be embedded in the original file that was downloaded, in which case this is not going to work.
2. Some .exe files are generated on the fly with random characters as the file name or the file name can change when new versions are released. This can be overcome with diligence, but obviously requires a lot more work.
Does anybody know of a source to get the filenames for common PUPs?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. I don't want to reinvent the wheel so if something like this already exists, then I'd like to know about it.