About Browser Control

Browser Control is enabled in the Application Control Configuration Editor > Configuration Settings > Features tab.

When a new configuration containing Browser Control items, such as URL Redirection, is deployed to endpoints, users need to close and re-open browsers before the configuration can take effect. Closing and re-opening the browsers enables the browser extensions. If an existing configuration with Browser Control is updated with additional Browser Control items, the updated configuration takes effect as soon as it is deployed. The browser extensions are already enabled, so it's not necessary to close and re-open browsers.

Application Control uses a Browser Helper Object (BHO) for Internet Explorer and a Chrome Extension to implement Browser Control features, which are loaded at browser startup.

URL Redirection

URL redirection is used to automatically redirect users when they attempt to access a specified URL. By defining a list of prohibited URLs, you redirect any user attempting to access a listed URL to a default warning page or a custom web page. You can also select to allow certain URLs which, when used in conjunction with redirects, gives you further flexibility and control and lets you create an allow list of websites.

Before you configure this feature for Internet Explorer, you must enable third-party browser extensions using Internet Options for each of your endpoints. Alternatively, this can be applied via Group Policy.

URL Redirection is compatible with Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, and 11. When using Chrome, all managed endpoints must be part of a domain.

Related Topics

Application Control Configuration Settings

Rule Sets