Here's our Internet Explorer Tip for.. August 28, 2003
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Restricting Access
Let's suppose that you would like to keep the Microsoft Internet Explorer Advanced Settings tab inaccessible to others. You can do this by editing the system Registry. However, we decided to create a Reg. file that will do the editing for you. To create the file, run Notepad and type in the following text. (Where you see PRESS ENTER HERE, just press Enter. If you type in PRESS ENTER HERE, your Reg file won't work.)

REGEDIT4 (PRESS ENTER HERE) [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel] "AdvancedTab"=dword:00000001 (PRESS ENTER HERE)

Now choose File|Save As. When the Save As dialog opens, name your file NoAdv.reg, locate a folder to save it in (or accept the default folder) and click Save. Double-click the new file to merge it into the Registry. You'll get a dialog box asking if you're sure about this. Click Yes. You'll get another dialog box telling you that the merge is complete. Click OK. Run IE and choose Tools|Internet Options. You'll find that the Advanced tab no longer exists. To get the tab back, copy the Reg file and change the line

"AdvancedTab"=dword:00000001

to

"AdvancedTab"=dword:00000000

Name this Reg file AdvOn.reg and save it. Double-clicking the new file will return the Advanced tab.