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06-27-02, 04:07 AM   #1  
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deleting files from HD

I see these programs (like Windows Washer) offered for sale that portend to clean one's computer of dl'd files and websites. Do they really work? I have a kid who likes to look at the porno sites and I need to get them off my machine. I don't want to have to pruchase these programs, but if I did, how well do they work?

How does this work? Sometimes he will just look at a website and not download anything. Does this info get on the HD? And if so, how can I remove it? Is there a way that I can use the utilities that come with my machine to get rid of all traces? Can I manually delete these?

Sometimes, icons appear on my toolbar, and no matter what I do, I can't get rid of them. Error messages like "can't delete this file/program/etc).

I really need some help here guys. Anything at all?

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06-27-02, 10:10 AM   #2  
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Re: deleting files from HD

Originally posted by don'tknowsquat


How does this work? Sometimes he will just look at a website and not download anything. Does this info get on the HD? And if so, how can I remove it? Is there a way that I can use the utilities that come with my machine to get rid of all traces? Can I manually delete these?

Sites you've receintly visited are stored in C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files
You can delete these files in your browser settings or manually. No need to pay for utilities.

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06-27-02, 10:28 AM   #3  
Simply right click on the IE icon on the desktop, click properties, then under the general tab you can delete the temporary internet files and the history. Most utilities simply automate this task.

 
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06-28-02, 04:03 AM   #4  
and there are parental monitors available

Just deleting the history won't make it go away.

There are parental monitors available. Many (most?, some?) are free. I don't use them so don't know much about them.

Many ISPs(the company you pay every month to access the internet) have parental controls available at no extra cost. Contact your ISP for more info on this.

With these monitors you can block access to those sites. Unfortunately, you will have to keep vigilant as it is impossible to block every site. Many sites you will have to specifically block.

Perhaps someone who has experience with these monitors will read this and respond with more info.

 
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06-28-02, 04:22 AM   #5  
Can't you control some of this on the 'content' tab in internet options? There is a ratings button within that tab. Might want to check into it.

I've got my machine where the kids can't get past the passwords. I too have a kid that likes to surf areas that I don't approve of, but would rather the kids stay off the system anyway. They mess around and get it screwed up worse than I can, which is pretty amazing!

-Kay

 
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06-28-02, 07:21 AM   #6  
Parental Control in Win98/ME is useless. You can get around it in about 5 minutes. Win2000/XP is more difficult, but having access to the CD and a little know how will solve that problem in less then 30 minutes. You can fool a 12 year old, but probably not a 17 year old. But there are things you can do if you want to block access of course. It's just that the MS option is nearly useless.

 
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06-28-02, 07:31 AM   #7  
My twelve year old daughter is the only one who can get around anything I do. she's a good kid tho, and visits only the sites I allow her to visit. Always asks permission to use the computer, and also asks can she go to such and such site.

I don't use it because you can't even visit a car part site without it blocking it. Then other times it will let you visit an actual porn site without any problems or hesitation. I thought maybe I configured it wrong.

I just password everything, especially the printer since they will print anything and everything they see that amuses them or interests them.

-Kay

 
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