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Windows 7: Downloading Prevention: Possible ?

27 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Downloading Prevention: Possible ?

Hello,

Brand new Windows 7 user.

Have two accounts set up (no passwords); one for me as the Administrator I guess, and one for my son.

The only thing I would like to prevent is his downloading all the movies and videos which he loves to, which really messed up our old PC.

Lots of questionable sites, and incredible amounts of HD memory gone.

So, is there any way to prevent (any) downloads from his side of the PC, but allow him access to anything else for viewing, etc. ?

Thanks,
B.


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27 Nov 2009   #2

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

I suppose you could implement some sort of download limit, like limit downloads to 100MB or something.

There should be a program out there that does that.
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27 Nov 2009   #3

 

Try NetPeeker in compatibility mode for XP. Install another browser on your sons account and prevent him from accessing Internet Explorer. And then use NetPeeker to limit the other browsers bandwidth. I'd keep it about 1GB A week as normal browsing and watching videos can exhaust that bandwidth.

NetPeeker is ShareWare, the link is for a 30-day trial.

Thanks,
ZeshanA
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27 Nov 2009   #4

 

Oh!Or you could put all the sites he downloads from on the IE7 Block List.

That'll stop him. Oh and both these solutions can easily be bypassed, if your admin account doesn't have a password. Please secure it with one.

Thanks,
ZeshanA
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27 Nov 2009   #5

7600.20510 x86
 
 

For security reasons, you should set passwords on accounts. If your son is wise at all, he will just log on to yours instead no matter what provisions you put into place on his.

If he knows only a little about computers, he'll still bypass anything you put into place unless it's really good.

If he knows a lot, nothing will stop him from doing anything he wants - technically speaking.
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27 Nov 2009   #6

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZeshanA View Post
Oh and both these solutions can easily be bypassed, if your admin account doesn't have a password. Please secure it with one.

Thanks,
ZeshanA
Was thinking the same. As long and the admin account is not password protected, the son can do everything he wants.

Kari
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27 Nov 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Robert,

In addition, you could setup Parental Controls on his standard account to then filter what he can access via websites.

Parental Controls - Web Filter - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Nov 2009   #8

win7/vista both x64
 
 

if someone knew what they were doing though couldn't you just boot into safe mode and change things around or even delete accounts/change passwords? I did this once on vista sp1
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27 Nov 2009   #9

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blankojames View Post
if someone knew what they were doing though couldn't you just boot into safe mode and change things around or even delete accounts/change passwords? I did this once on vista sp1
Not if there's a password on the Administrator account. Not normally, anyhow.
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27 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
From OP:

Hi all,

Just a quick thanks to everyone for all the suggestions and help.

And for my Drivers query.

Great Forum.
Nice of everyone to take the time; really appreciate it.

Regards,
Bob
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