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#1 vancreef

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 07:39 PM

Hi all. Do any of you know any free, reliable and discreet software that would allow me to see exactly what is being done on my PC during the day when i'm at work? I tried Computer Watchdog and it seriously screwed my PC up so that's a no-no. Have any of you tried these sort of programs and know any that are ok?

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:12 AM

I'm against the use of monitoring software on general principle. It's not that it's bad, it's just that there are other steps that can be taken to prevent the abuse.

And, IMO, these other steps are much more effective and long lasting.

First is that you forbid use of the system, you forbid the use of certain parts of the system, or you forbid the visiting of certain types of websites.

Next, you establish consequences for disobedience.

Then you sit back and wait. Eventually you'll determine if disobedience is occurring - then you enact the consequences. There's a wealth of information stored on the hard drive.

Consequences can be multi-pronged - both preventing access to the system and/or it's abilities and punitive measures designed to reinforce the consequences of disobedience.

Doing this fairly and consistently will give you more piece of mind than any monitoring software that you can use.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 12:00 PM

the problem is my wife is using the PC throughout the day while i am at work yet she denies it. there are a couple of ways i can tell if she has been on it or not but i cant actually tell what it is she is doing when on it.

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:18 PM

Well, let me tell you a story.

In 1996 I had a subordinate conducting an online affair while we were deployed to Bosnia.

In 2001 I was trying to fix my wife's computer and was checking out some repetitive files - and found love letters to her boyfriend that also cut me down. (stupid bimbo was using the Hotmail spell-checker). Turns out that she had Borderline Personality Disorder.

In 2004 I was helping a minister to fix his system - and found his letters to women other than his wife on the system (an online dating service).

I don't do this anymore - it's much too painful!

If you know she's been on it (are you sure?) and yet she denies it - what could be up? Could it be that she's doing something to surprise you, or she's doing something that you wouldn't like.

If you're suspicious - then you 2 have issues that a confrontation over web habits won't help. Besides, what can you prove over web habits? People lie on the web all the time (it was my ex's excuse - she was just pissed and spouting off about me and really didn't mean it!) I divorced her sorry butt shortly afterwards (2002) and am still paying for it today!

I'd strongly suggest counseling - and if she refuses that, then I'd strongly suggest that you consider it for yourself. It's what convinced me of the futility of dealing with a person who has Borderline Personality Disorder.

Since I can sympathize with your situation and if you're still determined then I'd suggest that you start with Google searches to find what you're looking for ( http://www.google.com/ )

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 02:18 PM

OK well first, if you use XP you could use the Administrative tools, the event viewer in there just look under login/logoffs and see when she goes on and off. This would be easiest if you give her her own user. Another thing you can do is look at her cookies, they'll tell you what sites she's been to for the most part.

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:22 PM

the way i can tell if she has been on the PC is when the PC chair has been altered (height wise) if the mouse and everything else has been moved, and i can tell if the program she use's has been 'modified' that day in 'program files'. I once confronted her about her history and temp internet files and she still denied using the PC and once you tell someone how you found them out they know your methods and cover their tracks. I once sent her an email from work and when i got home and asked her about the email she said she "didn't have time to go on the PC during the day. Later she went on her email and i noticed it was already in her Outlook Express Inbox and it had been read (hence the 'opened envelope symbol next to it).Believe me she is going on it. i just want to know why she denies using the PC if it is innocent.

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:06 PM

http://www.relytec.com/
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Posted 04 November 2006 - 06:32 AM

just before i install the keylogger software you have linked to, can i ask if you have used it yourself and what are the limitations of it being a trial version. some wont operate in stealth mode unless you purchase them. or is it just a time limited version?

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 09:59 PM

My friend uses it, I don't know about the trial myself, but it's a very powerful program.




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