Let me explain. I am an IT person in a small office. We have recently got new desktops and I installed Google Chrome and Firefox browsers on them. There's one catch -- I need to be able to control what plug-ins are installed in those browsers. The people who will be using these desktops are mostly middle-aged women that will not be trying to hack into these systems, I just need to safeguard against installation of all the " accidental web junk". Like, for instance, I come in today look at one desktop and there's a huge Yahoo BHO bar in Firefox. I asked who installed it and they all said that they didn't do it :) So I need to guard against these kind of "dummy" installations, but unfortunately I can't seem to find any way to do it in Chrome or FF.

So don't tell me that my only option is to use IE and Group Policy objects?

  • Chrome and Firefox both will block these installations by default soon. – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 25 '13 at 5:02
  • @Sathya: What are you basing it on? – ahmd1 Jan 25 '13 at 19:55
  • chrome dev channel already has this feature. – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 26 '13 at 14:34

It looks like there might (see Reply #6) be a way to do this. You could give it a go.

Alternatively, you could implement something like Sandboxie to wrap up the FF installation and prevent changes.

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    Thanks. It sounds too complicated. I wish Google and FF realized the need for this kinda feature and added it already. – ahmd1 Jan 25 '13 at 19:54
  • True. Though, speaking as an enterprise user with a locked down IE, it's great being able to install plugins on FireFox! ;) – Julian Knight Jan 25 '13 at 22:25

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