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How can I disable CHAT on Win95

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I am trying to setup my nephew's PC for the Internet.  His mother demands that I protect him from all children's pornography.  I have found a good package called XSTOP that is far and above it competitors in doing the job.  One problem, however, is there is no protection from CHAT.  That is if he downloads a CHAT application, he will be able to run it.  DOes anyone know of either a piece of software that is aimed at disabling CHAT or any technique that I can use to disable CHAT.  I am aware of one package called Cyber-sitter that has a function to disable CHAT, but the rest of Cyber-sitter is not as good as XSTOP.  I am looking for a technique or software package that might coexist with XSTOP to prevent CHAT.
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by:whkleinw
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My nephew's home system is Windows 95.
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by:Wiz_of_Oz
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Are you sure that the right value for your question is "MODERATE" ?!!!!
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by:MLHAMMEL
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This question cannot be easily answered but hopefully I can help you out.  First of all, you will never be able to prevent any person, child or adult, from accessing porngraphy on the web.  However, steps can be taken to try to avoid such sites and also monitor your childs activity on the internet.

A) I am not a user of AOL but I do know they have a very good system of controlling access for kids.  Therefore, if you are really worried about your childs (or nephews) activity, I recommend going online with AOL.  Give them a call and tell them your situation.  They will be more than glad to help you.

B) If you go with a standard Internet Service Provider and browse the web with Netscape or Explorer - there are plugins you can download or purchase such as SURF WATCH to help prevent *nasty* sites from being viewed in your browser.  Again, call your Internet Service Provider for this information.  They will be more than glad to help you as well...  

C) BUT! Like I said in the first paragraph - even with these barriers, if a kid is determined, he or she will find pornography.  It's like when I was a child...  You had to be 18 to by Playboy or Penthouse but one way or another, kids just got these magazines.  Not to mention it is very easy to access on the web.  No matter what you decide to do - you can monitor the childs activity by checking the *Sites visited* log in your browser.  Netscape and Explorer both log all sites visited and it should be easy to find any *erotic* or *innapropriate* sites.  If you want more help with monitoring the browser activity, just send me mail or ask anyone who is experienced with web browsing.

Good luck!

hope this helps...
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by:Nnickee
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I agree that AOL can do a lot to help monitor/prevent access to adult sites, but it's not going to help a bit if the kid knows how to install an irc client (like pirch or mirc) and access the "real" IRC servers (and all he has to do is ask, and 30,000 people will tell him how to do it if he doesn't already know).

The only way that I know of to completely prevent Chat is to install a firewall or proxy on the machine, and block all access to ports 6000 - 7999 (some servers use ports lower or higher than those, but the kid's going to have one *heck* of a time finding them).

Nnickee

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by:whkleinw
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Please let's not get into a dicussion on the merits of attempting to monitor my nephew's youthfull desires.  I recognize that systems like AOL are easily bypassed.  I also recognize that there are other products out there besides XSTOP.  However, if you would check this software out, you would find out that it is impressive in its abilities in all areas except CHAT.  This is an area that it did not address.  What I need is a means (TCP definitions) or software (With password protection) to just stop CHAT.  That is all that I need for a total solution to this problem.  
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Ok, here's a software means, and it's not even going to cost you a penny:

WinGate (firewall/proxy) - http://www.wingate.net

I'd recommend using it *in addition to* XSTOP (xstop for the filtering, wingate to block access to ports 6000 - 7999 as I mentioned before)

Nnickee
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by:MLHAMMEL
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You don't want to get into the Merits of attempting to monitor your nephew's youthfull desires???  Well I thought that was a major part of the issue.  Parents have to understand that kids will find a way no matter what protection you have.  I am sorry you did now find my response helpful.

Good luck, hope you find your chat block.


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