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Remote Viewing of Internet Explorer History

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I work as the administrator of a small LAN of 10 PC's.  These PC's are all connected up to the Internet using a broadband connection. The question is how do I view each PC's Internet Explorer History file by browsing the Network from my PC. I can view cookies but this would not be as good as accessing the history.  On attempting to browse to History I only get a DAT file and am unable to open this file to view the contents.
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by:mraible
ID: 7114069
What os do the PC's have on them?
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by:niallmerrigan
ID: 7114320
I remeber when I was Admin in a company trying something similar.

I found if i tried to open a users IE history folder i was showed my own for some reason.

I couldnt find away around it, but then again we had proxy logs so that negated my need for that approach
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by:mraible
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I was thinking if you had XP you could use Remote Access to view their desktop's and their history folder.  I'm just curious - why do you need to do this - maybe there's an alternative to accomplish what you're looking for.
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by:csweeney1971
ID: 7114480
Thanks for the comments guys.  I need to do this because the company I work for has set up an Internet Cafe kinda thing for the employees.  The problem is that some people have been abusing the system and viewing innapropriate sites!!  I think I know who they are and if I can view the History file from my PC then I can immediately challenge offenders and give them a ticking off.  The OS is Windows 98 by the way.
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by:mraible
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What about setting up something like Norton Internet Security and turning on "Parental Control" - just an idea.  Or you could setup a firewall and only allow certain sites, or disallow certain sites.

I think it'd be easier to block it before it happens than to reprimand after the fact...  Just an idea ;)

Matt
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by:csweeney1971
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Thanks. We are currently working on setting up a firewall but this is complecated by some of the sites we legitimately access.  We also access on-line learning and apparently the coursewear does not like firewalls but we are working this problem.  Any other suggestions in the meantime?  The work here is male dominated and that is not a problem, the problem is when a nice lady uses one of these PC's after one of the guys and suddenly finds porn popups and stuff all over the place!!
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by:csweeney1971
ID: 7114588
Obviously there is software I could use to stop the popups etc but I would rather catch a couple of culprits there and then and then word would get around and the problem would subside.
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by:csweeney1971
ID: 7114610
Obviously there is software I could use to stop the popups etc but I would rather catch a couple of culprits there and then and then word would get around and the problem would subside.
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by:csweeney1971
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Obviously there is software I could use to stop the popups etc but I would rather catch a couple of culprits there and then and then word would get around and the problem would subside.
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by:csweeney1971
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Obviously there is software I could use to stop the popups etc but I would rather catch a couple of culprits there and then and then word would get around and the problem would subside.
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by:csweeney1971
ID: 7114652
Apologies for the repetitions.....not sure why.
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by:lexxwern
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browser refresh, dont do them after posting.
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by:Pete_C
ID: 7116173
Only the currently-logged in user can view their history in a "friendly" format using the \Documents and Settings\<user_name>\Local Settings\history folder. Non-logged in users have their history stored in an index.dat file, as you have seen. Open this up in a hex editor (I'm using Ultraedit) and, amidst the garbage, you will see the URLs in plain text.

Of course, before you go snooping, I hope your company has in place an acceptable internet use policy else you can't do anything with any information you get.
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by:Asta Cu
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What version of IE?
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by:Asta Cu
ID: 7129659
If IE6 - Privacy settings and workarounds:
Privacy Settings Only Affect Internet Zone (Q282846)
http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q282846

How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6 (Q283185) This also includes importing custom privacy settings and links
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q283185

Good luck
":0) Asta

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by:Asta Cu
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What is your progress here?

If no response in 19 days, I will ask a Moderator to close this.

Asta
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by:nico5038
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No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave a recommendation in Community Support that this question is:
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Please leave any comments here within the
next seven days.

PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS COMMENT AS AN ANSWER !

Nic;o)

BTW a "work-around" could be to use the VNC program or PCAnywhere to open the other PC on your own desktop...
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