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Securing my computer...

Postby edd8990 » Tue Jul 27, 2004 11:52 am

Im going on Holiday tommorrow (YAY! etc.) but my brother is staying in England. He has asked if I can let him use my laptop to play the mp3s I have stored on it. Now I dont really want to let him have access to my laptop, as everytime he touches it, something wiered goes on, generally 'cos hes been on dodgy porn sites that have filled the computer with spyware. So what im wondering is, is there any way for me to setup a limited account which only gives him access to WMP, but restricts all other programs?

Im running Windows XP.

Oh, and my computer appears a bit B0rked. Despite saying I have an NTFS file system, I cannot even see a "security" tab on the file properties section.
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Postby einstein » Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:03 pm

is it winxp home or pro?
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Postby edd8990 » Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:10 pm

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Postby Ahdinko » Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:59 pm

Could try fiddiling around in the User Accounts thing in the Control Panel, but I dont think you will be able to set it.

Edit: Ooh, you could fiddle around in the IE options if you use IE, goto tools, internet options, security and then custom level. Disable everything and dont let any downloads be downloaded. That might help him to resist clicking yes on the dialers or whatever, since the window wont pop up :D.
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Postby AgentX 24 » Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:00 pm

Yes, you can set it. Give him a user group all of his own, and then fiddle with the security options till you get what you want.
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Postby edd8990 » Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:04 pm

I dont really have time to fiddle now :( only a few hours until I leave, and I still havent packed, but I've found a solution. Im taking the routers cable with me, so he cant access the internet. Mwuhahahahahaha :twisted:
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Postby NeoThermic » Wed Jul 28, 2004 12:19 am

Or just give him a guest account, install firefox into the guest account, and let him have that. then delete the who account when you geto back. I'll go to say that you won't have spyware on it if you use firefox and if you remove his account afterwards.
A guest account can't write data to critical locations (such as windows dirs, and the registery) so spyware will be useless, and firefox doesn't have activex to install all that crap.

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Postby PiD4x » Wed Jul 28, 2004 3:09 am

yep give him a account with guest privs, or user (not power user, it can modify registery)

but if he has a User with "User" privs some apps might not work for watching movies, i know one of my mates only uses a User account (nfi why), and has to run mediaplayer with admin rights to watch some movies

But, windows update, decent firewall, and maybe disable activex controls being installed, and stuff like that in IE, or - install firefox lol

Depending on how long you will be on holidays, give him a "Power User" account and download the trial of Deepfreeze - any changes made by him will be lost when the system is shutdown while the system is 'frozen' (inc. changes made by spyware, viruses, etc heh)

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