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Windows 7: Kids download bad things, help?

20 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RBlass View Post
I've found out that the way he's making himself an administrator is by going into the command prompt and typing in:

"net user admin."


type in 'net user (admin name space *.)


type in pass (pass will not show on tab) retype pass


logout and login the acc with your pass

He's also found out how to go into the command prompt and change all the passwords on all accounts (including admin) to 123.

Any way to not allow him to do this? And/Or disable him from getting onto the command prompt?
If he's doing all that, he knows your admin password (if there is one). So change (or assign) a password to the admin accounts and it should be sorted. However, this won't stop him from downloading nasty files (which should be blocked automatically by the AV program), but it will stop him from installing anything nasty.

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20 Jul 2011   #12

W7 Professional x64

I don't believe that he would be able to run an elevated command prompt from the guest account, and if you change your password (use a random string of letters and numbers, or a password algorithm), then they shouldn't be able to change anything critical. Parental controls will help, and you can also set times when he is allowed online. Limiting his access I think is the first step. If that doesn't work, I would eliminate it alltogether, by either means mentioned before, or an extremely effective one, take the hard drive cable when you leave.
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20 Jul 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Did you try setting up a Guest account as suggested earlier?
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20 Jul 2011   #14

Ubuntu 12.10

Just discipline the kid, thats what I think you should do... If not, just put a password on the BIOS, he can't get through that, but remember, if you forget the BIOS password... You are screwed.
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20 Jul 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64/Ubuntu 11

if you forget the bios password, you're not screwed, you can reset the CMOS cell. script kiddies rofl :P
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20 Jul 2011   #16

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1

I had a similar problem with my Grand daughter, who played games on line and got infected big time. I actually had to re-install windows once, and spent a lot of time with Malwarebytes and SAS. The solution was to install a virtual app called Shadow Defender. She was instructed to start it each time she used the computer. If the computer did get infected re-booting cleared it. No problems since. You can pick the virtual app of your choice like Sandboxie as an example.
If your child thinks it's funny to get around your efforts, perhaps he shouldn't have a computer until he is a little older. Good luck.
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20 Jul 2011   #17

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Sorry to be blunt. This is a parenting issue, not how to keep a child from a computer with security. Heck kids learn how to by-pass all sorts of lock-outs in school form their friends.
Two things to do, ban all the child's PC use or get him his own. If it gets screwed up due to his poor judgement, oh well.

You can put a password on BIOs and shut down when you leave it. If he tries to get into the case to disable that, there is a problem.
I have to agree with this. If you can't control what your son does on the computer, then you may have a bigger problem than viruses on your system. I, also, hate to be too blunt and I know that it may not be easy. Being a parent is sometimes difficult. But you need to be able to have some control over his behavior.
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20 Jul 2011   #18

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Accounts Tutorial and Links:

First of all, create a new administrator account and give it a random name and a strong password. A good source for strong passwords is, and you can use this to generate both your Administrator username and its password. Make a note of both the username and password, as you will need these when you need to access this account. Remember to revisit the mentioned link periodically and change the password for maximum security, and remember to make a note of it.

Log into the new administrator account and, with reference to Regedit - Enable or Disable - Vista Forums, download the VBS file as mentioned in OPTION ONE. Later, you will be able to disable/enable the registry editor by following the instructions in the Tutorial. Don't disable it yet, as you still need it enabled for the rest of this procedure.

Now go to Accounts and make all other accounts STANDARD (there should only be one Administrator account on your system). Login to each of the other accounts in turn and, with reference to Command Prompt - Enable or Disable - Vista Forums, disable the command prompt for each of the accounts using OPTION THREE. I suggest that you disable both the prompt and scripts.

Log back into your Administrator account and download the files mentioned in OPTION ONE at both of these Tutorials: Log On with User Name and Password and Control Panel - Enable or Disable - Vista Forums.

You can also follow the instructions here Parental Controls - Set Time Limits and set time restrictions so that he is only able to access/log in at certain times. You can also restrict his access to certain programs by following this Tutorial: Parental Controls - Allow or Block Specific Programs

Execute the following files in the order shown (see the above-mentioned Tutorials for instructions):

Restrict Access:


Restore Access:


Remember to restict access again once you have finished doing what you are doing that requires such access.

If, after doing all this, your son is still managing to circumvent the security, then you need to take firm steps and deny him access to the computer for a period of time. I suggest a minimum of 48hrs, increasing by 24hrs each time he circumvents the security. If he continues to circumvent the security, then you need to be looking at a longer period of access denial, such as a week or even a month. He needs to learn that access to your computer is a privilege and not a right, and, as it is your computer, you have the last word on what can and cannot be done on it.

Don't forget to change your password if your security is circumvented, irrespective of when you last changed it.
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20 Jul 2011   #19

7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I would still get him his own Computer after his restriction is lifted, why should you have to go and disable all kinds of services ect and put a damper on your own user experience. doesnt sound very fun.

One of my main concernes would be why my security software didnt stop the 68 viruses before they infected my machine? And How I got infected? was it a site that was visited? was it pirated software? Could my machine still be infected?

Here are some resources for you to read

READ & RUN ME FIRST Malware Removal Guide (incl. spyware, virus, trojan, hijacker)

Warning about Porn, Keygens, Cracks, and other Illegal Software

And one of the most important ones How to Protect yourself from malware!

The How to protect guide does not cover Virtualization software like Sandboxie, Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer. Or the Comodo Sandbox included in CIS which sandboxes unknown files the first time they are run wich ads an extra layer of protection, or Bufferzone Pro which is free at the moment.

The guide also does not cover HIPS like the Defence + feature in Comodo IS, which I think is vital to keeping a secure machine.
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20 Jul 2011   #20

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Warlockz View Post
I would still get him his own Computer after his restriction is lifted, why should you have to go and disable all kinds of services ect and put a damper on your own user experience. doesnt sound very fun.
I'm sorry to disagree with you, Warlocks, but rewarding poor behavior is not the way to solve problems. If he's old enough to get a job, then have him earn his own money and buy one. If he's not old enough to work, then give him some sort of reprimand. I, of course, believe that everyone deserves a second chance. After the reprimand, have a talk with him and let him know that he has one more, and only one more, chance to show that he can act responsibly. I certainly am no expert, so I am giving you only a personal opinion--not expert advice.
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