If I go to a workstation in a certain large organisation and try to run an executable from a USB drive it doesn't let me.

What setting is this in Group Policy or wherever else that does this?

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  • Your question is lacking in details like what is the OS running for example. – Dragos Feb 16 '12 at 12:01
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    @Dragos: see tags – CJ7 Feb 16 '12 at 14:05

I'd guess it's Software Restriction Policies.

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  • More detail is required for me to accept this answer. How do you modify Software Restriction Policies? – CJ7 May 2 '12 at 5:47

For security reasons there may be a restriction on running executables from removable media. I suggest you talk to the system admins in that organisation to learn what you may or may not do.

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  • I think the OP is looking for the tool that does this, not why. – TheLQ Feb 13 '12 at 5:34

There are many possibilities. Including, but not limited too the following.

  • The application needs to write to the registry at places not permitted by the ACLs
  • It need to write to the file-system at places not permitted by the ACLs
  • It needs to load a kernel driver
  • The system has policies in place to block certain executables (or usually block everything and permit good things).
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  • And lets not forget antivirus software that can emulate this behaviour. – Dragos Feb 16 '12 at 12:01

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