How to Block Programs

You may have apps on your computer which you don't want run. So how to block a program from running. There are many situations when people need to block certain applications. Worried parents who may want to restrict violent games, unsafe chats and torrents. Employers who may want to block non-work related programs. System administrators may want to block software that may harm a computer.

Firewalls only block programs from accessing the Internet but cannot stop programs from being launched. To block a program, you need to use other methods. Here are two ways of blocking unwanted applications.

How to Block Programs with Application Blocking Software

The best way to easily block programs from being launched or from running automatically is to use special application blockers such as HT Employee Monitor for business or HT Parental Controls for home, that let you block any application more effectively and have many other features to control computer use.

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  1. Download and install the software.
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  2. Click the Application Blocking button.

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  1. Click the Add button.
  2. Select the program you want to block or click Browse to find apps that are not listed.
  3. Save changes.

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HT Employee Monitor and HT Parental Controls are easy to use, effective programs which allow you to control user activity and internet usage. With the software, you can:


Block specified programs

Block games, instant messengers, payers, torrents and any other applications

Disable access to system programs

Block Task Manager, Registry Editor, System Configuration Utility, etc.

Block social networks

Block Twitter, Facebook in all popular browsers - Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc.


Filter websites by categories

Block Porn, Gambling, Drugs, Shopping, Chats, etc.

Block websites by URLs and keywords

Filter your search and block websites in different ways

Record computer activities

Monitor applications, websites, system activity, screenshots

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How to Block Programs with Windows Options

  1. Press Windows key and R button together.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK in the appeared window.

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  1. Expand User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System on the left side of the window.
  2. Double click Don't run specified Windows applications on the right side.

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  1. Select the Enabled radio button and then click the Show button.

dont run specified applications

  1. Type in the name of the EXE file you want to forbid.

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  1. Enter all applications you want to prevent from running.
  2. Save changes and close the windows.

Blocking apps in Windows 7, 8 and 10 does not require another software but it has disadvantages. It can be easily bypassed, because there is no possibility to set up a password on your settings. Other users can do the same and unblock the banned programs. Sometimes it is not always easy to determine a name of the exe file of the unwanted application.

You can block programs more simply and reliably with professional blocking software such as HT Employee Monitor or HT Parental Controls. Try both methods and choose the best.

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