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#1 stevealmighty

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 09:36 PM

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 :thumbsup:
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Posted 24 March 2006 - 10:41 PM

Hi steveallmighty :cool:


Perhaps SpywareBlaster and IE spyad already can prevent many harm, they block known dangerous (malware-installing) sites.
IEspyad
spywareblaster

Another thing you could try on their computer, is installing a modified "hosts" file, s.a.
MVPSHosts file
or
HPGuru's Hosts file
Also blocking known bad sites, so they simply cannot reach them or download from them (restrictions)
All of them are freeware


Are they using Windows XP ?
In that case, a restricted/lilited account for the kids also might help to prevent a lot of problems
More info


... And don't give up trying to 'educate' that kids (and the parents) about the dangers of just clicking "yes".. have in mind, some day they will 'get it' :thumbsup:
maybe some entertaining videos about it will help
I really like those great "anti-adware dude" flash videos from Paperghost :flowers:
but the seem to be offline again :inlove:
Perhaps this one can also be helpfull ...but it probably will too dull for the younger one


Good luck :trumpet:

Edited by *Desdinova*, 24 March 2006 - 10:42 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:14 AM

Thanks Desdinova, I'll be sure to try those out.

I've had their computer for a while and it was so bad off that I actually gave up on it. It took me almost 2 days to get rid of enough crap on it so that I could connect to the internet.

Quick question: I have spyware blaster on my computer, but it doesn't start at start up....or am I missing something? Is there an option to have it run at start up (then in the background?). The only way I can get it to run is to manually start it then minimize it, which is annoying, and won't do any good if someone closes it.

Thanks for the help :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:46 AM

Not sure how Spyware Blaster operates but I use it to stop malware installing. A sister programme is SpywareGuard which runs in the background. I also use SpyBot S&D with resident Teatimer enabled, and CyberHawk. Works for me. SpyAd IE is also good but is a bit of a pain in that it should be updated monthly and the previous version needs to be uninstalled first.

Though don't know how good anything will be with a 'compulsive clicker.'

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 09:11 AM

Compulsive clicker is exactly right. That's why I wanted a program that would run in the background and actually restrict the sites that he was going to. I figured that if I could install a program that restricted sites, and actually prevented them from accessing them (like "You are not authorized to view this page. Contact your admistrator" or something to that effect.), then that would fix half of the issues.

I think the other half would be to educate the ENTIRE family on what these sites and programs will do to their computer. Not sure if it'll actually sink in or not though.....
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 04:25 PM

Exactly. I have the same problem with a friend's pc and 6yo. Tried the content part of Internet Options but that was hopeless, couldn't access anything without entering a password.

I will be interested in the suggestions you receive. It must be a fairly general problem. Cheers

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 07:45 AM

Exactly. I have the same problem with a friend's pc and 6yo. Tried the content part of Internet Options but that was hopeless, couldn't access anything without entering a password.

I will be interested in the suggestions you receive. It must be a fairly general problem. Cheers



I'm going to end up wiping the drive and reinstalling the OS on it. From there, I'll install all the programs that were suggested and just go from there.

I tried searching the internet for "net nanny" and similar programs, but wasn't happy with the results....a lot of the sites that I ended up at had pop ups and just "looked" untrustworthy :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:48 PM

Here's a thread that might be of interest, stevealmighty.
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:53 PM

Excellent! Thanks for the link tg1911 :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 04:19 PM

You're welcome. :thumbsup:
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