Block Windows Applications With BrowseControl

BrowseControl can block windows applications in your network including Zoom, Slack, and Dropbox. Stop employees and students from launching computer games, unauthorized programs, and unsafe software. Combine BrowseControl’s content filtering and application control features with BrowseReporter’s application usage monitoring to gain full control over software usage in your network.

All of CurrentWare’s products continue to enforce policies even when managed devices lose connection to the CurrentWare server, allowing users to be monitored and managed when they are working offline or on another network.

Stop specific users, devices, and workgroups from launching computer programs

Display a custom warning message when blocked applications are launched

Schedule application permissions to lift restrictions for a specified period of time

Increase employee productivity in the workplace

Disengaged employees can be wasting valuable time playing computer games and using applications that aren’t needed for their role. CurrentWare’s content filtering software BrowseReporter comes equipped with the features you need to block unproductive applications in your fight against time theft in the workplace.

Detect & Block Apps: Combine BrowseReporter’s application usage tracking with CurrentWare’s content control software BrowseControl to stop employees from using unproductive or unsafe software programs.

Fight Time Theft: Fight time theft in the workplace by ensuring your employees are engaged and productive in the workplace rather than playing computer games.

License Availability: Use the application blocker scheduler to set specific days and times where software will be available or blocked. Ensure that floating licenses of critical software programs are always available for those that need it.

Block Windows Applications

Tech-savvy employees may try to bypass application blockers by renaming files. BrowseControl uses the original filename to maintain a connection with the software you would like to block even after they are renamed.

Block shadow IT before the breach

Are your employees putting corporate data at risk by using unauthorized software programs? Use BrowseReporter’s application usage monitoring to find out about the use of shadow IT in your network and use BrowseControl to blacklist them.

Data Loss Prevention: Prevent data breaches caused by unauthorized cloud storage use and unmanaged vulnerabilities in shadow IT programs.

Anti-Piracy: Block P2P file sharing programs to avoid costly litigation and data security vulnerabilities caused by employees using unlicensed software.

Suspicious Software: Improve your IT governance capabilities by monitoring your endpoints for unknown programs with BrowseReporter & block employees from using them with BrowseControl.

CurrentWare’s content filter BrowseControl includes the application blocking features your IT security team needs to prevent the unauthorized software usage that puts corporate data at risk. Block employees from using unauthorized applications including Zoom, Dropbox, and Slack to prevent file sharing on unmanaged channels.

How to prevent users from running certain programs on Windows

If you would like to enforce your policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work, you can prevent users from running these apps using BrowseControl.

With BrowseControl it’s easy to block Zoom, Slack, Dropbox, and any other Windows programs. For full instructions on how to block apps with BrowseControl, visit this article on the CurrentWare knowledge base.

Before an application can be blocked, it must be added to BrowseControl’s Application List. To do this, you will either need to know the Original Filename of the application you would like blocked or you can locate the .exe file of the application if it is installed on the machine that is running the CurrentWare Console.

Once a program is added to BrowseControl’s application blacklist, anytime that a user attempts to launch the prohibited software they will instead receive a pop-up message alerting them that the software has been blocked. The default message is “Your IT Administrator has prevented you from running this application.” - this can be customized to suit your intended message.

Examples of common apps to block

Program NameOriginal FilenameNotes
Zoom Video CommunicationsZoom.exeOrganizations such as Google have decided to block the Zoom Desktop Client out of security concerns.
SlackSlack.exeSlack is a popular team chat platform, but some IT admins opt to block Slack to prevent unauthorized data transfers.
DiscordDiscord.exeIf this popular instant messaging and VoIP app is not a part of your official tech stack, blocking Discord in the workplace can prevent users from sharing files and getting distracted during work hours.
DropboxDropbox.exeDropbox is a file sharing and cloud storage site. Unless it’s authorized for use in the workplace you should block Dropbox to prevent users from leaking data to personal accounts.
PhotoshopPhotoshop.exeLimited floating licenses can be managed by assigning dedicated work periods and using the app scheduler to block Photoshop and other apps outside of these times.

For applications that have a web version such as Discord and Dropbox, you will also need to add the URLs of those sites to your block list on BrowseControl to completely block employees from accessing them.

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