I've got a friend whose computer is constantly getting virus (the virus protection catches them luckily), spyware, malware, adware and all that other bad stuff. I mean, honestly, it's horrid. I used to go up and "clean up" their computer, but after a month or so, it would be back to a slow crawl and just horribly infected with everything under the sun.
There are two young boys there, and I believe that the youngest (almost 10 yrs old) is to blame for most, if not all of the crap that ends up on the computer. I think that he just downloads everything there is and opens it and doesn't check for virus's or anything of that sort. It's cable isp, so it's always on, and they'll wake up in the morning and have 20 or 50 popups. They're computer is so slow that it barely runs, and when it does manage to open a program, it usually "encounters and error and has to close" within a minute or 2.
What I'm wondering, is there a "net nanny" program, or any program(s) that will prevent the youngling from going to sites that are potentially bad, or that contain bad things? Even if the parents had to pay for it, as long as it works and keeps the kids from going to sites where they can download malware etc., it'll be worth it....or will it? Are the net nanny programs easily bypassed or not effective enough? These are the kind of people that are computer illiterate, and don't maintain their computer like I tell them to through regular scans and whatnot, so if I can get something on their computer that will keep them from accessing bad sites, it would really help.
I've tried the firewall route with them before, and when a pop up says "such and such is trying to download something that your computer....allow it?" The kid clicks yes, which makes the firewall useless.
Ugh...those who have kids understand why wild animals sometimes eat their young. LOL!!!! J/K