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Windows 7: Security on home PC against minors


23 Nov 2010   #1

7 Home premium 32b
 
 
Security on home PC against minors

Hi folks,

This is my first post on the forums but I have been following the forums for a long while. The Vista Movie maker and Vista Media player workarounds on Windows 7 are my personal favourites.

I am currently trying to secure my PC so that my siblings ( who are minors ) cannot view adult sites. I am the only Administrator and the rest of them are Standard account holders.

A mate recommended K9 to me and it's pretty good - you can set what categories of websites to block, what keywords to block and when something is blocked, a popup appears with the option to override it using an admin pswd. You can also monitor Internet activity. If you try to change the pswd using Forgot ur pswd trick, a temporary pswd is sent to a pre-specified email address. If you try to uninstall , you are again prompted for the pswd. Now, I have created a different email for this purpose and the password is secure as well.

-The problem is there are patches available to override or temporarily disable K9 and these are being used by my siblings. How can I prevent this ?
-They have also recently watched videos on youtube on how to use the hidden Admin account in Windows 7 and have used that to get my Admin account pswd!!! So, I also need to disable access to cmd and regedit. Again, how do I do this?


All help would greatly be appreciated. Btw, I am using Windows 7 Home Premium and am fairly geeky.


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23 Nov 2010   #2

W7 Professional x64
 
 

What browser are you using on the computer?

I would recommend uninstalling all but IE, and using content advisor to help block those sites, and setting their user accounts to no privilege accounts. Set UAC to a nice high setting.

we-blocker.com

Block Adult Sites
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23 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1) Since you are using home premium, you cannot disable access to regedit and cmd via the gp editor, you'll need to tweak the registry. Heres how.

Regedit - Enable or Disable - Vista Forums

Disable or Enable Command Prompt in Windows 7

2) I dont about K9, but you can explore the windows family safety tool along with Parental controls.

Protecting your kids with Family Safety
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23 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I have family safety running - it is not 100% but it helps and its free
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23 Nov 2010   #5

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I don't know if you want to pony up the $$$$, but I know Norton 360 has parental controls. I'm sure some of the other paid-for security suites have them too.
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23 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

I've found that if you limit children to a few websites they are perfectly happy. In fact I find that children usually find one or two websites to frequent and those few websites become their online experience. They don't generally "surf". Depending on the ages of your children you can add safe websites to the filters in IE or Firefox and require a password to surf anywhere else. Being an administrator you can disable this when you log in.
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23 Nov 2010   #7

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Norton 360 does not provide parental controls anymore. The setting is a link for Norton Online Family which has an excellent free version.
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23 Nov 2010   #8

7 Home premium 32b
 
 

Thanks for the replies guys.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
What browser are you using on the computer?

I would recommend uninstalling all but IE, and using content advisor to help block those sites, and setting their user accounts to no privilege accounts. Set UAC to a nice high setting.

we-blocker.com

Block Adult Sites
That won't be possible. Both me and them use Firefox heavily and we like the icon--> website toolbar that you can set in Firefox.
we-blocker.com >> Website not available
Block Adult Sites >> The softwares suggested will conflict with my current Antivirus ESET.

UAC is enabled.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
1) Since you are using home premium, you cannot disable access to regedit and cmd via the gp editor, you'll need to tweak the registry. Heres how.

Regedit - Enable or Disable - Vista Forums

Disable or Enable Command Prompt in Windows 7

2) I dont about K9, but you can explore the windows family safety tool along with Parental controls.

Protecting your kids with Family Safety
I'll check out Live family safety. To disable regedit or cmd, do I have to give my siblings admin rights and then run it from their accounts and then downgrade them back to Standard ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lunarpancake View Post
I've found that if you limit children to a few websites they are perfectly happy. In fact I find that children usually find one or two websites to frequent and those few websites become their online experience. They don't generally "surf". Depending on the ages of your children you can add safe websites to the filters in IE or Firefox and require a password to surf anywhere else. Being an administrator you can disable this when you log in.

That's not really an option in my case ... too many sites are there that can be added

If I upgarde to Win 7 Pro, will I have more control? And, how can I limit runninh of unauthorised .exe files ?

Thanks.
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23 Nov 2010   #9

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
Norton 360 does not provide parental controls anymore. The setting is a link for Norton Online Family which has an excellent free version.
Really? I never played with mine, saw it mentioned but never explored it since I'm an adult....sort of.....
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23 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote:
To disable regedit or cmd, do I have to give my siblings admin rights and then run it from their accounts and then downgrade them back to Standard ?
Yes.

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If I upgarde to Win 7 Pro, will I have more control?
Not really, though you'll be able to use the gpeditor to do all this stuff more easily.

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And, how can I limit runninh of unauthorised .exe files ?
See method 4 on this page.

How to restrict users from installing programs in Windows 7 | The Windows Club
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