Here is a useful Registry Tweak that allows to block File downloading through Internet Explorer. After applying this, User will not be able to download any content except web surfing.

One of interesting thing, you don’t need to install third party add-on or configure Windows Firewall or setup AV Security settings.

How To:

  1. First make sure, you have closed all instances of Internet Explorer, then Run Registry Editor and go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3
  2. Create a new DWORD value (REG_DWORD) called 1803 and set its value 0
  3. To re-enable File downloading, just delete the value and restart your Internet Explorer.

Applies To:

  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Internet Explorer 9

One response to “How to disable File Downloading through Internet Explorer”

  1. Dr. Moist Avatar
    Dr. Moist

    Very useful!
    If anyone is researching restrictions surrounding Internet Explorer then other areas of the Registry to research are:
    HKCUSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftInternet ExplorerRestrictions
    HKCUSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbarsRestrictions
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/182569
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823057

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