True System Security Tweaker offers to change, enable or disable more than 450 security related settings in Windows. The portable application concentrates on user restrictions that are grouped into categories in the application interface for easier access.
More than 20 categories are available of which some link to sub-categories. Among them security settings for Internet Explorer, the Windows Media Player, Task Scheduler, File System or the computer network.
Individual options are displayed with checkboxes to activate or deactivate them. Each entry offers a description of its impact when it is selected. It can take well over an hour to go through all settings available.
Most settings allow you to restrict access to certain features of the operating system or hide features from users.
Take a look at the screenshot below for an example of how this looks like in the application.
Here are a few example security settings offered by the application:
The tool seems to be largely designed to control these settings for other users of the system. While it is possible to enable or disable them via Group Policies or the Registry, it often is an easier task to use a software like True System Security Tweaker for it as it is designed for that and a lot easier to open and manage.
It is possible to set an administrator password to prevent unauthorized access and tampering with settings so that restricted users cannot just run the program to undo some or all of the changes made. A reset all settings to their default values is available as well. You find it under Edit > Undo all tweaks. Note that this will undo all changes that you have made and not just select ones. This means that you have to start all over again when you are using the undo feature.
A prompt is displayed when the application is closed if the changes should be saved for the logged in user.
True System Security Tweaker is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system. The application is available for direct download. Interested users can request the Delphi source code from the developer as well to audit it and compile the program locally.
Note: The last supported operating systems are listed as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. While it is likely that it will also work on newer versions of Windows, it is suggested to backup important data before it is run on those systems.
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