This policy setting controls whether Windows will download a list of providers for the Web publishing and online ordering wizards. The recommended state for this setting is: Enabled. Rationale: Although the risk is minimal, enabling this setting will reduce the possibility of a user unknowingly downloading malicious content through this feature. Impact: Windows is prevented from downloading providers; only the service providers cached in the local registry are displayed.
To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Enabled: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication settings\Turn off Internet download for Web publishing and online ordering wizards Note: This Group Policy path is provided by the Group Policy template ICM.admx/adml that is included with all versions of the Microsoft Windows Administrative Templates. Default Value: Disabled. (A list of providers is downloaded when the user uses the web publishing or online ordering wizards.)