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Prevent .exe from running

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How would you guys prevent a user from running a specific application until they reboot? We're patching a lot of systems and there's a specific app we don't want the users to use until they restart. I guess I could get hacky and rename the executable if the machine gets patched and than use the run once key to rename it back, but that's just going to pop up an error message saying program.exe not found.

It would be nice to pop up a custom message stating that this app cannot be run until the machine has been restarted. How would you guys do this? Is their an Autoit function that can help me out? Thanks.

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You'll have to add in the loop and everything yourself but thats what while 1 wend and add in a small sleep so it doesn't use up all the CPU speed

If ProcessExists("name.exe") then ProcessClose("name.exe")
Edited by Thatsgreat2345

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Here, I wrote this for you. You may use it and modify it however you please.

Main.au3

;In Place of Exe Temporary Error Message Script
;Author: The Kandie Man
#NoTrayIcon

;Place this compiled script where the exe that was patched is supposed to be.  When the user tries to run it, they will get this msgbox error instead.

MsgBox(16 + 4096 + 262144,"Error!","You must restart your system before running the application.",20);this messagebox will time out after 20 seconds

I tested them out and they worked for me.

-The Kandie Man


"So man has sown the wind and reaped the world. Perhaps in the next few hours there will no remembrance of the past and no hope for the future that might have been." & _"All the works of man will be consumed in the great fire after which he was created." & _"And if there is a future for man, insensitive as he is, proud and defiant in his pursuit of power, let him resolve to live it lovingly, for he knows well how to do so." & _"Then he may say once more, 'Truly the light is sweet, and what a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.'" - The Day the Earth Caught Fire

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Nice, thanks Kandie Man. I modified it slightly, but works like a charm. Thanks for the taking the time to help me out bro.

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Glad i could help.


"So man has sown the wind and reaped the world. Perhaps in the next few hours there will no remembrance of the past and no hope for the future that might have been." & _"All the works of man will be consumed in the great fire after which he was created." & _"And if there is a future for man, insensitive as he is, proud and defiant in his pursuit of power, let him resolve to live it lovingly, for he knows well how to do so." & _"Then he may say once more, 'Truly the light is sweet, and what a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.'" - The Day the Earth Caught Fire

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