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# 176905 15-Jul-2015 20:06
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Just wondering if anybody has any ideas on how to limit IE10 on Windows 7 Professional to allow acces to the local network only. 

We have an old system that only works with IE10, so upgrading is unfortunately not an option. At the moment I have disabled tabbed browsing using Group Policy to make the browsing experience harder to discourage people from using IE10 for general internet browsing.

Any ideas on how to stop IE10 from accessing the internet but allow other browsers such as Chrome to use the internet?


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  # 1344992 15-Jul-2015 20:13
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In the IE settings, enable a proxy address of port 8080
Tick "bypass proxy server for local addresses"

Configure other applications like skype for no proxy - some will pull IE's proxy settings by default. 

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  # 1345016 15-Jul-2015 21:14
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How would I make chrome not use that proxy setting though? Also using Outlook will that use the internet explorer proxy setting or does it ignore that?

EDIT: I have disabled Chrome's proxy server using Group policy. Just hunting down the one for Outlook 2010 (being used with office365 if that makes a difference).

By setting a local proxy server in Internet Settings will it effect local shares and printing is well? Or is there a whitelist I can implement for IE10 using Group Policy instead of having to change the proxy setting for the computer?


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  # 1345047 15-Jul-2015 22:34
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Manually configure your network settings without a gateway address and lock down this page with a group policy, it'll not allow the whole computer to access the internet.

You'll however kill your email by doing so seeing as it is Office 365 :)

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  # 1345065 15-Jul-2015 22:57
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Yeah I don't think that's the solution he is after. 

I am pretty sure Chrome grabs it's proxy settings from IE, but you used to be able to set a argument on the EXE to say what proxy server you wanted Chrome to use. That stopped working for me about a year ago, but may have just been my install. 

Why don't you want IE to be able to access the internet out of interest?

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  # 1345075 15-Jul-2015 23:34
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yes, what are you trying to achieve?

why not hide the IE icon so it can't be found, use standard user not admin.
how come Chrome is OK to access the Internet?

All the supported versions of Windows can run IE11 AFAIK so not sure why you can't upgrade off IE10?

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  # 1345076 15-Jul-2015 23:38
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Unless you have some strange requirements, update to IE11 and your users will have an experience that is as good as Chrome - unless they need/want some specific add-ons.

One way could be opening Windows firewall and creating rules for the application...

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  # 1345110 16-Jul-2015 07:15
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Does the old application work under IE11 compatibillity / Enterprise mode?  If yes then I'd suggest using that and adding the URLs to the enterprise list via GPO.
That was the solution we used when upgrading our network to ie11 from ie9 and we still had a couple of legacy web apps that were holding us back.



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  # 1347274 19-Jul-2015 17:06
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Thank you for all your replies, unfortunately one of our critical applications requires IE10. We tried IE11 Enterprise Mode but the activeX plugin doesn't like it. For the moment I have blocked IE to the internet using the firewall idea from freitasm whilst allowing local subnet access. Will be disabling the address bar is well to avoid further confusion.

The reason we do not want users using IE10 for general internet browsing is security as it is no longer a supported browser. 

Appreciate all the replies and suggestions.

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  # 1350141 23-Jul-2015 01:04
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Setup an actual proxy server on your network. Configure IE to use proxy server. Configure proxy server to block HTTP and HTTPS or redirect to a webpage on local network reminding users to use Chrome / Firefox instead. While allowing POP, SMTP and IMAP. So email will still work.

Also there is a Firefox addon called "IE tab" Which embeds Internet explorer into a Firefox tab. Haven't used it myself, But you might be able to hide the IE icons. And then create a firefox shortcut that will open your local website using the embedded IE. So from the users point of view they are using Firefox instead of Internet explorer.

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