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Google Chrome (How to Block Downloads..) ?


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#1 Guest_Doghen_*

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 07:48 AM

Hey there how can i Block Downloads in Google Chrome?

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Require password for Downloading Programs..?

Because i share this pc, and i dont want people download to much stuff, (can i block downloads in Chrome itself, because i dont trust so much extensions to block downloads or something to that point..)

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 11:49 AM

Not completely sure, but I think a Script Blocker like Scriptsafe would do the trick, but then you will need to learn it.  It won't prompt for a password as far as I know, but will stop stuff from downloading unless the site is allowed to.  It will also disable functions of certain websites that your Guest may want.  Putting Linux on a Spare computer will put an end to most this problem as they won't be able to download and execute anything .exe based, which is most of what your average person will do.

 

There is also some hacking going on with something similar HERE IS THE ARTICLE this may help a little in your situation.  At least this will prompt the user to see and select a download location, to help prevent auto downloads.

 

One option that Chrome users have is to disable automatic downloads in the web browser. This prevents drive by downloads, and may also prevent accidental downloads of files.

  1. Load chrome://settings/ in the browser's address bar.
  2. Scroll down and click on the "show advanced settings" link.
  3. Scroll down to the Downloads section.
  4. Check the preference "Ask where to save each file before downloading".

Here is something I just learned of also, it may be of help but have not tried it.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/heres-how-to-enable-chrome-strict-site-isolation-experimental-security-mode/


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:08 PM

Not completely sure, but I think a Script Blocker like Scriptsafe would do the trick, but then you will need to learn it.  It won't prompt for a password as far as I know, but will stop stuff from downloading unless the site is allowed to.  It will also disable functions of certain websites that your Guest may want.  Putting Linux on a Spare computer will put an end to most this problem as they won't be able to download and execute anything .exe based, which is most of what your average person will do.

 

There is also some hacking going on with something similar HERE IS THE ARTICLE this may help a little in your situation.  At least this will prompt the user to see and select a download location, to help prevent auto downloads.

 

One option that Chrome users have is to disable automatic downloads in the web browser. This prevents drive by downloads, and may also prevent accidental downloads of files.

  1. Load chrome://settings/ in the browser's address bar.
  2. Scroll down and click on the "show advanced settings" link.
  3. Scroll down to the Downloads section.
  4. Check the preference "Ask where to save each file before downloading".

Here is something I just learned of also, it may be of help but have not tried it.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/heres-how-to-enable-chrome-strict-site-isolation-experimental-security-mode/

 

Yes, i'll have tryed that new experimental method to, but my RAM usage was damn to high so i turned it off.. i'll hope Google will fix this issue! and Hmm, i will give Linux a try to go! when i got a new pc then i will try it on my old pc to see what it does and then install it on my new pc :D Cheers! and thanks for the Help! but i don't understand so much about scripting or something like that, but is there an Extension that can Block downloads (or lock it with password requirements?) 



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:31 PM

I'm quite sure this will block everything, but you will need to look into it as I've never used it for long.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/scriptsafe/oiigbmnaadbkfbmpbfijlflahbdbdgdf?hl=en-US

 

Linux is super, and some of us have clients on it.  I have one that loves it because he was always getting infected by clicking on things.  Now he never gets infected because most Malware is not written for Linux.  You can do most everything you need to as in Windows for the average user.  But you do have to use a Password to download or install most things.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 03:58 PM

Well, if the concern is that users not be able to install things then Windows already takes care of that.  Set up an account without admin privileges, whether it's a truly local account (in Win 8.1/10, earlier than that all accounts are local), or a Microsoft Account linked Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 user account.

 

It's been possible to prevent individuals from installing software and changing system settings not directly related to their personal preferences under Windows for a very long time now.

 

If the concern is actually downloading material then things get much messier, and more difficult.  Neutering a web browser to prevent downloading is akin to neutering a word processor to create only plain text:  it doesn't really make sense in the grand scheme of things.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 11:16 AM

Well, if the concern is that users not be able to install things then Windows already takes care of that.  Set up an account without admin privileges, whether it's a truly local account (in Win 8.1/10, earlier than that all accounts are local), or a Microsoft Account linked Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 user account.

 

It's been possible to prevent individuals from installing software and changing system settings not directly related to their personal preferences under Windows for a very long time now.

 

If the concern is actually downloading material then things get much messier, and more difficult.  Neutering a web browser to prevent downloading is akin to neutering a word processor to create only plain text:  it doesn't really make sense in the grand scheme of things.

 

I will look into it! can i just create a standard user account to without admin? because now they have both laptop buyed from their own money, and i have read that you can also (only download store apps) you can switch this to enable so that it only download store apps and dont lett you install anything else should i do this, or standard user account much safer? 

 

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 11:26 AM

I do not use the Windows 10 Store, so I'm not the one to ask about what a standard user can do as far as installing apps from the Store.

I know for certain that standard users cannot run .exe files to install programs (and I think .msi files are blocked, too) and cannot change a wide range of system settings.

It is not typical to have a system that only has a standard account with no admin account available for login when changes to the system become necessary. I know of many parents who set up the machine creating an admin privilege account that only they have the password for while all the other user accounts are set up as standard users. I've also actually done this for certain clients, at their request, who have shown a tendency to be "click happy" and end up installing stuff they don't want to have installed (whether malware or not). Their own accounts are standard accounts to prevent this from happening. You can create a standard account that is either strictly local to a given Windows 10 machine or that uses a Microsoft account linked user ID.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:06 PM

I do not use the Windows 10 Store, so I'm not the one to ask about what a standard user can do as far as installing apps from the Store.

I know for certain that standard users cannot run .exe files to install programs (and I think .msi files are blocked, too) and cannot change a wide range of system settings.

It is not typical to have a system that only has a standard account with no admin account available for login when changes to the system become necessary. I know of many parents who set up the machine creating an admin privilege account that only they have the password for while all the other user accounts are set up as standard users. I've also actually done this for certain clients, at their request, who have shown a tendency to be "click happy" and end up installing stuff they don't want to have installed (whether malware or not). Their own accounts are standard accounts to prevent this from happening. You can create a standard account that is either strictly local to a given Windows 10 machine or that uses a Microsoft account linked user ID.

 

Oke thanks! I will look into it! and can Standard users also not run (Downloaded software from the Internet) or can i change this within the Standard user Account and Privélige's (UAC) ? 

 

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:23 PM

Would this be a possible good idea?

-- bring into action the built-in administrator account, have a strong password (written in your forehead)

-- either convert existing normally used user account into a Standard account, or, create a Standard Acct with a strong password

-- bring into action the built-in Guest account.  That is quite restrictive.  Naturally, no password is really needed

Your laptop borrowers use only the Guest acct; you use the other two.

Now, you have a learning curve - how does one use the Admin acct to tweak the Guest acct to perform the way you want the Guest acct to perform.  Whether you can restrict uploads, downloads - I don't know.

I have the above three accounts on my two laptops; however, I have never tried to tweak the Guest acct yet.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:39 PM

Would this be a possible good idea?

-- bring into action the built-in administrator account, have a strong password (written in your forehead)

-- either convert existing normally used user account into a Standard account, or, create a Standard Acct with a strong password

-- bring into action the built-in Guest account.  That is quite restrictive.  Naturally, no password is really needed

Your laptop borrowers use only the Guest acct; you use the other two.

Now, you have a learning curve - how does one use the Admin acct to tweak the Guest acct to perform the way you want the Guest acct to perform.  Whether you can restrict uploads, downloads - I don't know.

I have the above three accounts on my two laptops; however, I have never tried to tweak the Guest acct yet.

 

i will look into it, with further details i will search widely (for how to protect standard accounts)  :) i will stay tuned! Cheers






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