Announcing a major update to the IE security zone analyzer!

IEZoneAnalyzer is a utility for viewing and comparing Internet Explorer security zone settings. It is particularly valuable on systems controlled through Group Policy, on which the standard security settings dialog does not allow viewing of settings. IEZoneAnalyzer version 3 represents a total rewrite, adding a tremendous amount of new functionality compared to earlier versions. Note that IEZoneAnalyzer does not require administrative rights. It also does not have an installer – just run the utility directly. IEZoneAnalyzer does require.NET Framework 3.5.

Key features of IEZoneAnalyzer:

  • View effective security zone settings for any security zone on the local computer or exported from a remote computer and identify whether each setting was established by policy.
  • Compare settings between two or more security zones or templates.
  • View and compare entire sets of settings captured on different computers or on a single computer over time (e.g., to determine whether a system has drifted from its baseline settings).
  • Export results to Excel or to a Comma Separated Values (CSV) text file.
  • Filter comparison results to show only differences or conflicts.
  • Sort, reorder and resize result columns.
  • Copy selected or all results to the clipboard.

The download includes the program, sample files captured from various fresh systems with default settings, and extensive documentation. [Update, 22 Sept 2011: an updated version of IEZoneAnalyzer can be found here.]

Click on the thumbnails below to see full resolution screenshots:

View effective settings for the Internet zone captured on a Windows 7 x64 system with IE8 and USGCB settings applied:

View effective settings for the Internet zone captured on a Windows 7 x64 system with IE8 and USGCB settings applied

Compare all IE security zone settings on a Windows Vista SP2 with IE7 to those from a Windows XP x64 with IE6:

View effective settings for the Internet zone captured on a Windows 7 x64 system with IE8 and USGCB settings applied

Compare the Medium High template on the local computer, effective settings for the Internet zone on the local computer, and effective settings for the Internet zone captured on a Win7/IE8 system with USGCB settings:

Compare multiple templates and zones against one another

Effective settings for the five security zones exported to Excel:

Effective settings for the five security zones exported to Excel