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How to Block Apps on Windows With BrowseControl App Blocker

  • Block Shadow IT Apps
    Prevent the launching unauthorized programs
  • Improve Productivity
    Block distractions such as computer games and other distracting apps
  • Protect Sensitive Data
    Block cloud storage apps and websites to prevent data theft

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and more

Install BrowseControl App Blocker

Want to block certain apps? Download the free trial, install the client on your users’ computers, select the user/PC groups you want to control, then add the unwanted apps to BrowseControl’s App Blocker.

1. CurrentWare.exe: CurrentWare server & console setup file—to be installed on a local computer, server, cloud virtual machine, etc

2. cwClientSetup.exe: CurrentWare client setup file—to be installed on the employee or student’s computer

The BrowseControl Windows Application Blocker is compatible with a variety of Windows operating systems including Windows Server, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

Learn More: BrowseControl System Requirements

Add the Apps You Want to Block to the App Blocker

  1. Open BrowseControl from the left-hand menu.
  2. Click a folder of users or computers from the Groups list that you want to restrict
  3. Click on the App Blocker appblocker-e1614284713766 option.
  4. Enter the Original Filename of the certain apps to be blocked in the Application textbox. An optional description can also be entered.
  5. Click the ADD button to add the Application to the list of apps that can be blocked
  6. Select the applications you want to block from the Applications List on the left pane and move them to the right pane by clicking on the Arrow button. These applications will now be blocked for the computers and users under the specific Group
  7. Add an optional Warning Message that will be displayed in a popup when the user tries to launch the blocked app
  8. Click “Apply to Clients” to block apps in the Blocked Application List for the selected group of computers or users
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How To Find The Original Filename Of A Windows Software Application

Application Properties Window:

  1. Right-click on the .exe file in Windows Explorer and select Properties.
  2. Select the Details tab and click on Original Filename in the Item Name box. The original filename is located in the adjacent Value box.

BrowseReporter’s App Activity Log:

BrowseReporter and BrowseControl operate from the same central web console. If you have licenses for BrowseReporter you can easily get the names of previously used Windows applications from the activity log of BrowseReporter’s applications dashboard.

  1. Open BrowseReporter
  2. Go to the applications activity dashboard
  3. Scroll down to the Activity Log
  4. Click on the Column Menu iconColumn menu icon: 3 stacked gray dots centered verticallyand check “Application process (.exe)” to display the Original Filename of all previously used apps
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About BrowseControl’s App Blocker for Windows

Block Sites & Software

In addition to blocking Windows apps BrowseControl is a powerful website blocker app. 

Don’t just block Windows apps from launching, block websites and web apps too. To block sites, simply add the websites you’d like to block to the URL filter.

Block websites to prevent data exfiltration to unauthorized cloud storage apps and websites.

Learn More: How to Block Websites With BrowseControl

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BrowseControl's app blocker schedule with Windows apps enabled from 9am to 12pm

Granular App Control Features

  • Stop specific groups of users, devices, and workgroups from launching computer programs in Windows
  • Display a custom warning message when blocked applications are launched
  • Schedule application permissions to make blocked apps available for designated time periods
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“In CurrentWare, I found a solution that fulfilled the criteria of my entire project within a single suite of software.”

Combine BrowseControl’s Application Blocker With BrowseReporter’s Software Usage Monitoring for Total App Control

BrowseReporter is a powerful employee productivity tracker to help your employees stay focused. BrowseReporter and BrowseControl operate from the same central console; they can be purchased seperately for the greatest flexibility or as a part of the full CurrentWare Suite for the best value.

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See How Employees Spend Their Time

  • Track Windows user activity to detect the use of unsafe or unproductive computer programs
  • Use the Windows app usage tracker to improve software usage tracking in the workplace and better manage software licenses
  • Track computer application usage in your network for suspicious and unfamiliar applications

Save Money With Software Asset Management

9 out of 10 employees aren’t using all of the software provided to them. Why waste money on software that your employees aren’t using?

A software usage audit isn’t just about the money, it improves your security too. Each additional piece of software increases the potential for hackers to exploit a zero-day vulnerability and steal your data.

Why take the risk for programs that aren’t in use?

  • Stop App Sprawl: Identify underused software and focus your resources on the applications that truly matter.
  • Save Money: Decommissioning underutilized software provides your organization with significant savings on software expenses.
  • Track License Use: Optimize your floating licenses with timestamped data of when applications are used each day
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Top Computer Application Usage

  • Check which applications your employees use the most during the work day
  • Find employees that are using unsafe or unproductive applications
  • Save money by finding out which applications are actually used and which ones can be decommissioned
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Hourly Computer Application Usage

  • Gain insights into the software usage habits of your employees
  • Analyze app usage trends throughout the workday
  • Prioritize floating license availability by identifying peak app usage periods
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Specific Application Usage

  • Run reports based on a single application or a list of applications
  • See how much time is spent using applications for specific users and departments
  • Verify the time spent using applications on a daily basis
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Why Use App Blockers?

Improve Productivity & Software License Management

  • Detect & Block Apps: Combine BrowseControl’s app and website blocker with BrowseReporter’s application usage monitoring features for full control over Windows applications.
  • 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: Ensure that floating licenses of critical software programs are always available for those that need it. Use BrowseControl’s application blocker scheduler to set specific days and times where software will be available or blocked. 
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Discover & Block Unwanted Applications Before the Breach

  • 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.
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BrowseControl Web Filtering Features

Internet Off
Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block
users from browsing the web

URL Filter
URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for
specific URLs

Category Filtering
Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific web content categories

Internet Scheduler
Internet Scheduler

Schedule internet use policies for specific times of the day

Bandwidth Tracker
Safe Search

Search engine filters prevent explicit results in search engines

Internet Quota
Internet Quota

Set a time-based quota for
internet browsing

Download Filter
Download Filter

Block files from being downloaded from the internet

Port Filter
Port Filter

Close unused and high-risk
TCP/UDP ports

Customized Message
Customize Message

Display a customized warning
message on blocked websites

Application Blocker
Application Blocker

Block specific Windows
applications from launching

Internet Timer
Timer

Allocate specific time for your
users to access the Internet

Stealth
Stealth Mode

Restrict internet use without
altering users

Centralized Console

Central Web Console

Access the administrative console from a web browser on any computer in your network

Remote Client Install

Remote Client Install

Easily deploy the CurrentWare Client remotely to all of your networked computers

Offsite Management

Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage policies to laptops running outside the corporate network

Email Report

SQL Server Supported

Our database is scaled for
enterprise and large business
operations

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