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Published on 06.04.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Changing Certificate Settings in Internet Explorer

Learn how to prevent changing Internet Explorer’s certificate settings in Windows 7.

Prevents users from changing certificate settings in Internet Explorer. Certificates are used to verify the identity of software publishers.

If you enable this policy, the settings in the Certificates area on the Content tab in the Internet Options dialog box appear dimmed.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can import new certificates, remove approved publishers, and change settings for certificates that have already been accepted.

The “Disable the Content page” policy (located in \User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel), which removes the Content tab from Internet Explorer in Control Panel, takes precedence over this policy. If it is enabled, this policy is ignored.

Caution: If you enable this policy, users can still run the Certificate Manager Import Wizard by double-clicking a software publishing certificate (.spc) file. This wizard enables users to import and configure settings for certificates from software publishers that haven’t already been configured for Internet Explorer.

Prevent Changing Internet Explorer’s Certificate Settings

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Disable changing certificate settings in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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