Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Block Applcation Access to a Folder

01 Apr 2011   #1
WindWalkerX

Windows 2000
 
 
Block Applcation Access to a Folder

Is it possible to block an individual application's access to a specific folder?
Let's say I have a folder called "Water" and and application called "Fire" Can I prevent "Fire" from reading "Water"? Meanwhile, any non-"Fire" application can continue reading "Water" without issue.

As per the FAQs my expertise is well above average, but I'm far from a systems admin. I'm a hobbyist C++ coder.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
01 Apr 2011   #2
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You could set up a work-around using App-Locker. Rights (Permissions) are basically user oriented, and I can't think of a way offhand to apply them to a specific application, but you can prevent users from using specific applications, and so achieve basically the same thing.

See ;

Windows 7 AppLocker Executive Overview

Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: AppLocker

Use with extreme care!!! You can really jigger a system if you make a mistake.

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2011   #3
WindWalkerX

Windows 2000
 
 

Reading over the documentation it doesn't sound as though that can prevent read access. It sounds as though it allows certain apps to run, and prevents others from running, but does not restrict what they can do while running.
Am I misunderstanding it's capabilities?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 Apr 2011   #4
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

First thought. Make a new user account solely for the problem application, make sure that the application always and only runs under this newly created user. Put a deny permission on the target folder for that specific new user account.

Run as Different User

Using "Run as different user"

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindWalkerX View Post
Is it possible to block an individual application's access to a specific folder?
Let's say I have a folder called "Water" and and application called "Fire" Can I prevent "Fire" from reading "Water"? Meanwhile, any non-"Fire" application can continue reading "Water" without issue.

As per the FAQs my expertise is well above average, but I'm far from a systems admin. I'm a hobbyist C++ coder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2011   #5
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindWalkerX View Post
Reading over the documentation it doesn't sound as though that can prevent read access. It sounds as though it allows certain apps to run, and prevents others from running, but does not restrict what they can do while running.
It will stop a specific application from running at all. You can stop a specific user or a specific group of users from using a specific application. They simply can not use the specified application.

You can restrict what running apps can do by changing system permissions in the application properties;





Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2011   #6
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You can also set permissions on a specific folder;



Using a combination of these things you can achieve what you want.

( Sorry about the German expressions, the language module does not translate everything, but it should be clear enough.).

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2011   #7
WindWalkerX

Windows 2000
 
 

Excellent. I had a feeling there was a way to do this.
I just needed the input of more creative minds.

Thank you both.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Block Applcation Access to a Folder




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
can i block a program to write access to a specific folder ?
Hi can i block a program to write access to a specific folder ? the folder is c:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Adobe\Lightroom\Caches\Video\ i use lightoom i import only photos but lightoom find every video in my pc and fill this folde of video cache! i don't have video in my catalog
Software
Block Modem access ???????
My son always keep looking youtube videos though my wireless modem. So is there any way to block modem for other devices. So that only I can access.:cool:
Network & Sharing
Is it possible to block network access by PID instead of process name?
I'm using Comodo and whenever I select scvhost.exe and block it, the scvhost.exe gets blocked as well. Extremely annoying because, the PID 1004 is required for my DNS to function... websites won't work right without it unless I type the IP address. looks like some sort of Microsuck phone-home...
Network & Sharing
Applcation won't install in XP mode
I've been installing XP applications in XP Mode for a while with no issues. Today I tried to install TextBridge Pro 11 and received the following message: "This installation could not be opened. Contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid windows installer package." I...
Virtualization
I want to block all access from a computer in the LAN
I want to block all access from, as in completely locking out, a computer in the LAN behind the Internet router that we all share. I don't want that machine to have any access to my Win 7 computer at all, since the user of that machine might going to try hacking into the LAN network. I want to know...
System Security
Block Freeware to access the Internet
There are a lot of Freeware for years not change to Shareware! For strict security measures against this kind of software, I suggest to block it to access the Web. For updates, you get them manually. Simple idea that I practice long ago. It's your choice.
System Security


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:43.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App