trouble adding to Restricted sites in IE Options

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Michael Walraven, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Vista home premium, SP1
    Internet explorer 7.0.6001.18000

    attempting to add an address to the Restricted sites in the security tab of
    Internet Options.
    specific site is, but applies to any other as well.

    response is that Sites added to this zone must use the https// prefix. This
    assures a secure connection.
    That response is expected when adding to the Trusted sites, not the
    restricted sites.

    I have in the past added sites to the Restricted sites, currently there are
    three sites in the list
    none of which have prefix of https:\\

    Any clues as to what is happening would be welcome.

    Michael Walraven, Feb 2, 2009
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  2. Michael Walraven

    Kayman Guest
    Kayman, Feb 3, 2009
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  3. I have actually tried *, as well as *, system still
    insists I need to prefix with https:\\

    Michael Walraven, Feb 3, 2009
  4. Michael Walraven

    Victek Guest

    I have actually tried *, as well as *, system
    You could try resetting all security settings to "default" to rule out the
    possibility that a setting change is causing the problem. You could also
    try installing SpywareBlaster which can add a list of known bad sites to the
    restricted sites list (see if it succeeds).
    Victek, Feb 3, 2009
  5. Tried resetting each of the zones, no effect on the problem of adding a site
    to the Restricted sites.
    Downloaded SpywareBlaster, it successfully added a big bunch of sites into
    the restricted sites list.

    Thanks for input.
    Michael Walraven, Feb 3, 2009
  6. Did you Un-check the "Require https:// .." at the bottom (under the list of
    trusted pages)?
    Thomas Wendell, Feb 3, 2009
  7. Michael Walraven

    Victek Guest

    Did you Un-check the "Require https:// .." at the bottom (under the list
    I believe that option is only available for "Trusted Sites" and not
    "Restricted Sites".
    Victek, Feb 3, 2009
  8. Michael Walraven

    Victek Guest

    Tried resetting each of the zones, no effect on the problem of adding a
    Glad to hear that SpywareBlaster worked, but I don't know why you can't add
    the sites manually. I just tried it on my system and it accepted the entry
    without complaint. I am also using Vista SP1 and IE7. I don't know if this
    is relevant, but are you running an Admin or Limited User account?
    Victek, Feb 3, 2009
  9. yup, tried that although I am trying to enter into the untrusted
    (restricted) sites, I thought there might be some sort of link.
    Michael Walraven, Feb 3, 2009
  10. My account is a member of the administrators. HMMM I wonder if a different
    account might work??? I will give that a try.

    Thanks for ideas, even for those that don't work out.
    Michael Walraven, Feb 3, 2009
  11. follow up
    I created a new administrator member account. That account has no problem
    adding entries to the restricted site list.
    That has got to be a clue.... more thinking needed.

    Michael Walraven, Feb 3, 2009
  12. Having created the testing account, and that account worked, I saved the
    registry entries starting from
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet settings from the
    working account

    then I deleted the same node from my non-working account

    then I restored the registry settings in my account from the saved reg file
    saved from the working test account.

    So far everything is looking fine, I can add to the restricted list without

    Michael Walraven, Feb 4, 2009
  13. Michael Walraven

    Victek Guest

    That's great you were able to fix it, but too bad we don't know what the
    cause was!
    Victek, Feb 4, 2009
  14. I began to suspect registry corruption a couple of posts ago and
    as it looked like you were heading in this direction with your last
    post I was wondering if you would take that last step.

    Well done.
    FromTheRafters, Feb 4, 2009
  15. I have kept the two saved registry trees with the idea of seeing what is
    different but my knowledge of the entries is pretty limited. If anyone is
    interested in comparing them I could attach them.

    Michael Walraven, Feb 4, 2009
  16. for those still interested in my problem of not being able to add entries to
    the restricted security zone sites, I have found the entry in the registry
    that is stopping me.

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER]\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet

    entry of "Flags"=dword:00000007 prevents me from making entries
    entry of "Flags"=dword:00000003 allows me to make entries

    now the question is what is setting the 3 to a 7 (the problem returned!)

    aside: anyone know what all the entries of "number"=dword: small hex value
    are for?

    Michael Walraven, Feb 4, 2009
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