Standalone blocked by "software restriction policy"

Bob Sneidar bobs at
Tue Feb 21 19:19:56 CST 2012

She needs to contact the IT department of her company and have it "unblocked". This is actually quite common in places where confidentiality is required. A rogue app can be installed by a user that compromises the security of the system. IT administrators will very often block unknown apps, or use software to do so. There is no way to get around this (or else the hackers would do it). 


On Feb 21, 2012, at 4:07 PM, AcidJazz wrote:

> We're running a large study with Canadian physicians.  They must download a
> standalone file to their computer.   The other day one of the lab assistants
> was checking the program and got the following message on her windows
> machine:
> "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
> software restriction policy.... contact your administrator"
> I've been using mostly macs these days, and can't tell you anything more
> about the circumstances surrounding this particular block, but can someone
> familiar with Windows tell me how *common* I should expect this problem to
> be?   A quick google search suggests that this error message has been around
> since Windows XP.   Assuming most people using Windows 7 these days, how
> worried should I be about our standalone getting blocked?   There's no way
> in hell that physicians are going to take the time to change their settings. 
> Heck, most aren't going to take the time to download the standalone in the
> first place.
> Nuts, now I'm getting depressed.
> Mark
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