I would like to lock my web browser so that it runs only if I specifically open it, with a keyboard, mouse, or both. This prevents obnoxious programs from opening it.
I already looked at "set default programs" and the option to uncheck my web browser to open URLs/http was disabled/grayed out.
I wasn't able to find any tool to auto-configure this, and when I searched for solutions I only got replies stating that none existed.
EDIT: I'm looking for a clean solution to this problem that doesn't involve:
- Renaming programs so Windows can't find them
- Any form of registry editing
- Writing a custom program to control access to the web browser.
While I don't want to run the browser with elevated privileges, I do want a control similar to UAC, that would allow the program to be started only with unspoofable confirmation from the human user.