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    Qn for XP users

    I have my 10yr old cousin over on Mondays after school now for a while. And he loves my computer, problem is the "Rug-Rat" is pretty smart and downloads all sorts of things (including 3 html with viruses last Monday) and short of monitoring him all the time, I set up an account for him and I need to configure XP's user options to stop him being able to see porn, violence, downloading any .exe files and html etc...I know how to do this, but the problem is that it effects all users, and I have to change the settings every time he's here and then back when he goes.....Can I just limit "everything" he can do without affecting my settings too?
    I also have Norton Parental control, if anyone knows how that might work in my favor, as it seems to have the same glitch as XP!
    If not he won't be able to use the computer, and that makes for one miserable kid.......
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    I use XP and IE..

    and i go into Internet options.. and under security.. and select Custom.. Then select Disable File downloads.

    Now I'm using XPPRO and I'm not sure if that makes a difference.. But when i have family over i have a Family Account.. and that account is setup as a "limited" account so that they can not make changes to anything..

    How are you doing it now?

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    I tried a similar one with restricted sites etc but I have to reset it when he leaves, and I was wondering if it can be done so it only affects one user account ie: his.. It seems to effect all users accounts, he has his own user login and mine is password protected.
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    with IE.. i believe it affects all users.. but its better that way.. simply change it when he's gone. you could also get a software that blocks all known porn sites & does smart recognition of such sites when they are entered. I can't remember the name of it.. something like net nanny... I used to suggest this to clients a while back.. works with all latest windows OS.

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    I've got Net Nanny (which I don't like too much) and Norton Parental control, and I'm just reading the "how to" section.
    Thanks for the replies.
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    I had him from 12.30 to 6pm toady and I set Norton Parental control and IE 'do not allow downloads' etc and the poor kid couldn't even get the " Cartoon Channel' coz the toons are violent. so I set it too allow the page....He told me that my computer didn't like him. Even then the comp still managed to shut down unexpectedly and reboot, and a message came up that the computer had recovered from a "Major" Problem etc....and that suddenly I have a driver device problem, something it's never done before....He also plays with the Task Manager, and I've told him "NO" and explained why, but when I leave the room.....
    What may have caused this???? Or to re-phrase what did he do????
    I have to tell him that he can't be trusted with a computer and can't use it anymore. I feel guilty,and need some help getting over the guilt....Really need some help here.
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    Well after a major in psychology, I'd tell ya he is trying to see who has the power here and if you actually will stop him from using the computer. If you do forbid it from him, and let him on the next visit after, he will be more carefull. Also, try to speak to his parents about the problem. If he's being treated liberally by his parents, then he'll do what he pleases with you and there is nothing you can do. There are many factors in play here. The thing you have to determine is if he does it on purpose or not. Then, if he does (for example) you might not feel to guilty not letting him on...
    Also, you could set his profile to not be an Adminstrator account and that would limit his chances of screwing things up...
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    Thanks His account is set at limited, and I set Norton parental control , disabled downloads in IE and disabled I/Messenger and set it all at highest, and banned some sites like top40 where he listens to music in real time (he d/loaded 80 meg in 3hrs the other day...I explained to him that I have to pay for that...But he still manages to cause things to go wrong, ie: I think he was using the Task Manager to try stop the control devices and stopped something that has caused windows to go stupid on me).
    His Mom is very sick ATM and so he lives with his g/mother who is a teacher and good with him and has strict guide lines.
    I guess I feel sorry for him, he's very very intelligent, and knows whats going on, and tries to manipulate me. I don't like being mean, and when I refused to get him a DVD as his g/mother (my aunt) was coming for him, he sulked and said he wanted to walk home, I explained why he couldn't (even though they live 4 blocks away) and I had a sulking, moody, brooding, bottom lip dropping 10 yr old on my hands. I know that I have to be tougher, I told him that he can get a DVD only if time allows next time, if I don't there's nothing for him to do.
    He knows what he's doing, I don't believe that if I ban him once then he'll be more responsible, he knows computers and I think he gets a feeling of control from being able to use them. he's angry ATM with his mom, but doesn't express it (only a few words here and there) and is pretty placid.
    I think I'll go the DVD route..
    Thanks for letting me vent my frustrations. It's hard.
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    seems like the issue is deeper than it appears... Well, we are always here for you to vent.
    Good luck and hopefully things will fall in place.
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    Thank you.
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