GPO - Software Restriction Policy - Problem with Google Chrome and Microsoft who are in the Users folder RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello, 


    I have set up a GPO that implements a software restriction policy on my workstation (to test).

    It allows to limit the paths on which files (.exe, .bat,...) can be executed. The concerned paths are the following ones: 


    -C:\Program Files

    -C:\Program Files (x86)

    As well as the use of the command prompt/PowerShell with dedicated rules. 

    The goal is to prevent the execution / installation of unauthorized software. 

    Example: Running AnyDesk / Installing Spotify

    My problem:

    Some applications such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Teams are located in the Users folder (C:\Users), so for these software to work I need to add a rule per path for each software.

    This "solves the problem" in the sense that the software runs again but the blocking of the execution of programs of type .exe/.bat... at the level of its paths is no longer effective. 

    This means that for example if the exe of AnyDesk / Spotify is moved in one of these 2 paths it is then executable / installable


    Attempted but not conclusive solution:

    - Set up a rule per certificate for Google Chrome and Microsoft Teams, it works but sometimes blocks the use of the software


    Do you know how to solve my problem? 

    PS: I can't use AppLocker



    Monday, December 5, 2022 4:05 PM

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