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Enable and disable add-ons using administrative templates and group policy

LizRoss|Last Updated: 8/3/2016
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Add-ons let your employees personalize Internet Explorer. You can manage IE add-ons using Group Policy and Group Policy templates.

There are 4 types of add-ons:

  • Search Providers. Type a term and see suggestions provided by your search provider.

  • Accelerators. Highlight text on a web page and then click the blue Accelerator icon to email, map, search, translate, or do many other tasks.

  • Web Slices. Subscribe to parts of a website to get real-time information on the Favorites bar.

  • Toolbars. Add features (like stock tickers) to your browser.

Using the Local Group Policy Editor to manage group policy objects

You can use the Local Group Policy Editor to change how add-ons work in your organization.

To manage add-ons

  1. In the Local Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer.

  2. Change any or all of these settings to match your company’s policy and requirements.

    • Turn off add-on performance notifications

    • Automatically activate newly installed add-ons

    • Do not allow users to enable or disable add-ons

  3. Go into the Internet Control Panel\Advance Page folder, where you can change:

    • Do not allow resetting IE settings

    • Allow third-party browser extensions

  4. Go into the Security Features\Add-on Management folder, where you can change:

    • Add-on List

    • Deny all add-ons unless specifically allowed in the Add-on List

    • Turn off Adobe Flash in IE and prevent applications from using IE technology to instantiate Flash objects

  5. Close the Local Group Policy Editor when you’re done.

Using the CLSID and Administrative Templates to manage group policy objects

Because every add-on has a Class ID (CLSID), you can use it to enable and disable specific add-ons, using Group Policy and Administrative Templates.

To manage add-ons

  1. Get the CLSID for the add-on you want to enable or disable:

    1. Open IE, click Tools, and then click Manage Add-ons.

    2. Pick the add-on you want to change, and then right-click More Information.

    3. Click Copy and then close Manage Add-ons and IE.

  2. From the copied information, select and copy just the Class ID value.

  3. Open the Group Policy Management Editor and go to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Security Features\Add-on Management.
    -OR-
    Open the Local Group Policy Editor and go to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Security Features\Add-on Management.

  4. Open the Add-on List Group Policy Object, pick Enabled, and then click Show.
    Show Contents box appears.

  5. In Value Name, put your copied Class ID.

  6. In Value, put:

    • 0. The add-on is disabled and your employees can’t change it.

    • 1. The add-on is enabled and your employees can’t change it.

    • 2. The add-on is enabled and your employees can change it.

  7. Click OK and close the Group Policy editor.

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