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    Hello everyone,

    Is there a way to disable the use of mp3 extensions via security policy in a domain? If an user tries to double click on an mp3 file the file will not run. We could probably create a rule to prevent media player, winamp and other mp3 players but there are soo many out there.

    Thanks,

    ceez

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    Re: Disable mp3 extensions in the network...

    You can associate the .mp3 extension with any app you like. Just tie it to Notepad and doubleclicking an . mp3 won't fire up a media player anymore.

    The files can still be played, of course. If you rename the extension to .wav, open the file from within a media player, or just drag it into a media player window, it will play.

    To stop people from playing mp3s you could unregister or delete the mp3 decoders. Of course you'll need to find a way to prevent your users to revive the codecs or to run apps like VLC that bring their own codecs.

    Here's an app that helps you find the files and registry keys you'll need to kill to disable mp3 playback: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/GSpot.htm
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      Re: Disable mp3 extensions in the network...

      We use Veritas Storage exec which can block files from being saved with certain externsions. You may want to investigate that (be warned... it aint cheap!)
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        Re: Disable mp3 extensions in the network...

        it seems like MS has not made a simple "fix" for this growing problems in networks. Thanks alot for your input!


        ceez

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          Re: Disable mp3 extensions in the network...

          You could use task scheduler to run something like del *.mp3 /s every 10 minutes.

          Another possibility:

          1) make a .jpg or .html file with a message like "try to play an mp3 on this machine again and I'll kill you"

          2) make a batch file called deadmp3.bat with this command:
          "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" "c:\things installed by the head geek to annoy everyone else\illkillyou.jpg"

          3) associate the mp3 extension with the batch file
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          • #6
            Re: Disable mp3 extensions in the network...

            Originally posted by ceez
            it seems like MS has not made a simple "fix" for this growing problems in networks. Thanks alot for your input!
            Actually they did. You can use the Restricted Software feature of the GPO to block specific extensions:
            http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...plcy.mspx#EGAA
            Guy Teverovsky
            "Smith & Wesson - the original point and click interface"

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