IE security zones locked server 2003

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IE security zones locked server 2003

We have a windows 2003 domain based network. A program called golds disk was run and it locked down security settings. Unfortunately it locked IE security zones and we cannot figure out how to unlock them. I am not sure if it was a regedit or GPO edit because it is effecting all our servers and was run on only one. Any help would be appreciated.

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Many spyware programs and "home page hijackers" alter the default home page and other key user settings in Internet Explorer. These malicious programs often set certain Registry keys/values in order to lock users out from those Internet Explorer settings, preventing them from reclaiming control of their browsers.

Also, some users of SpyBot Search & Destroy have checked the following boxes on the "Immunize" page within SpyBot Search & Destroy, not realizing that they are effectively locking themselves out of those Internet Explorer settings:

* "Lock IE start page setting against user changes (current user)"
* "Lock IE control panel against opening from within IE (current user)"

Although users can easily undo these changes within SpyBot Search & Destroy, many don't realize that those boxes caused the problem in the first place and remain frustrated and confused. Also, the user may have uninstalled SpyBot Search & Destroy before even realizing there was a problem.

Solution: Open notepad, copy and insert the following, then save the file as a .reg file:


; Note: this file removes Restrictions on the use of Internet Explorer.

; Unlock IE Start Page

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions]


; Un-hide Internet Options tabs

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]

; Unlock Web Settings

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]

; Unlock Search Customization

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Infodelivery\Restrictions]

; Unlock IE Control Panel

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions]

; Don't Use Custom Stylesheet

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Styles]
"Use My Stylesheet"=dword:00000000