Re: Stop. Just Stop.
> Fully agree. And your justifiable rant reminds me of the question I've been meaning to put to anyone more experienced with the windoze environment than I am.
You are looking for Windows Applocker: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd759117.aspx
(part of Windows since Windows 7 - before that there were software restriction policies).
With Applocker you can enforce a policy where executables are only allowed to launch from a few protected folders, such as Program Files and Program Files x86. Or you can set a policy that only select publishers are whitelisted, e.g. Microsoft, Adobe etc.