Prevent unwanted iFilters and protocol handlers

Enabling this policy prevents Windows Desktop Search from using iFilters and protocol handlers unless they are specified in the allow list. However This policy will not prevent iFilters or protocol handlers from being installed nor will it prevent them from being used by other applications or services. You can also specify an allow list of add-ins by providing the classID or ProgId string. For example if you plan to deploy a particular iFilter make sure that this iFilter is on the allow list either as a GUID such as {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx} (include the braces) or a ProgID such as VisFilter. CFilter. 1. If you maintain a locked desktop environment this setting is redundant because non-administrative users do not have permission to install new components. If your users have Administrator permissions or can install software this policy prevents them from specifically using Windows Desktop Search-related add-ins. Note: Because of a limitation in the Group Policy editor you must add at least one entry in the allow list even if you want to enable this policy without an allow list. Create a list entry by putting a space in the name field and a space in the value field and then save it. This will create a placeholder entry that is ignored by the program.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Search -> PreventUnwantedAddins

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Search


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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