big brother wants to watch

I dont use the internet as much as my children.  My oldest son sometimes acts as a wise guy. I have heard that there is a hidden file in windows that shows the links of all the internet sites that someone has been to. How can I make sure that my children do not view inapropriate materials without having to install net nanny or those other programs
xtarheelAsked:
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rayt333Commented:
What browser???
With Netscape go to the toolbar at the top of the screen, click on Communicator, then click tools, then click on history.

IE--  just click the  history icon on the toolbar
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dew_associatesCommented:
Xtarheel, you can also enable the ratings function in Internet Explorer and then set the registry so they cannot be disabled.
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rayt333Commented:
The file you may be refering to is in the windows folder, it is called history and has the same thing as clicking on the history icon on the tool bar above the URL window
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rayt333Commented:
whoops hit the wrong button
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netmageCommented:
Install Microsofts TweakUI (free)and check the paranoia option to clear recent history and internet cache at login.

Only works for IE

Then, using login passwords force everyone to use the same system profile.


The other very effective option is to use an ISP that provides a service like "Kidz" net.

Net Nanny is fine to use but never up to date.

hey, then again, if YOU don't visit them XXX sites, how will he recover the URL?

Another tool that may help is a file called "POP UP Killer".
This stops those awful pop up windows of which sex sites are the worst offenders as listed in a database that comes with the program. And don't we all hate those.

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ben_condeCommented:
There are a few ways of viewing apart from the ones mentioned.

If you do a "find files or folders" and do a search for cookies.txt, this file will give you a garbled view of alot of the sites being visited. Also in the windows directory there is a file called "Tempory Internet Files" this will showcse most of the pictures that have been viewed.
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dew_associatesCommented:
ben_conde, your are obviously new to this site, and with that welcome. However, unlike Newsgroups and Usenets, we observe a protocol or policy at this site with which you should become familiar. Experts do not post proposed answers that are incomplete or that are speculative or that in some manner only continue the ongoing discussion, nor do they post proposed answers that incorporate the comments of others that have preceded you. Since questioners can accept comments as answers, it is beneficial to the questioner that speculative answers be posted as comments, especially when the issue involves further troubleshooting. In your case, you should have taken note of the ongoing discussion and posted a comment, thereby permitting the questioner to choose which to accept.
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rayt333Commented:
Dennis
beside the newbie points stealers, we have to put up with people that are too stupid to know the answer is useless but they accepted it anyway.
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dew_associatesCommented:
xtarheel, what gives here. You've been coming here long enough to know that proposed answer from ben conde trailed on the tails of allot of much better information.
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netmageCommented:
Gawd, what a lame answer.

I normally accept these newbie point stealers  with a shake of the head and move on but this time the accepted answer is a mess.

Either parts of the answers suggestion  only does a third of a job of either IE or Netscapes web cleaning.

Now, to make me feel better, i could have posted information on a freebie web cleaner that cleans all the browsers with one click of a button.

But thats another story.....
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