Find out users internet usage

Posted on 2003-12-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
I've seen dozens of software that actively monitors users internet use (web).

I don't need anything that robust, since our proxy server/log is not readily available (websense).

I'd love to find an app that you can simply put in a workstation name or IP in and it spit out URL history and possibly cookies and/or cache.  Sure I can do this manually, but I need something formal and in text for managers requesting this data.

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ID: 9914007
If you already have WebSense, the Reporter can do most of that for you in nice colored graphs and everything. It can't read cookies or cache and I don't know of any system that can...

Author Comment

ID: 9914022
Well... I work at a very large corporation, and getting those reports isn't the easiest thing in the world.. in fact it takes weeks to get one report.

I was just hoping to find an application that would list URLs and internet history.
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lrmoore earned 63 total points
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Expert Comment

ID: 9914065
If the manager requesting the data can't get it without a wait of "weeks", how are you going to segment your little group of users and get the reports the manager wants?

Author Comment

ID: 9914075
Again, I don't want anything that robust.  I've come across dozens of these types of software... I don't care about recording, tracking and monitoring.  I don't want to load any TSR's.  

I just want something that will simply list the visited sites from a user and any additional info.

Author Comment

ID: 9914083
I'm not saying they can't wait, but it's a pain in the ass process to get the reports.  My corporation is large, but my location is for only 200.

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ID: 9919320
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ID: 9937378
>Well... I work at a very large corporation, and getting those reports isn't the easiest thing in the world.. >in fact it takes weeks to get one report.
Why does your site need more information than the corporation at large?

Expert Comment

ID: 9944277
You can write a script if you want that can pull a URL history list from the registry of the computer. This is providing that you have administrative access to the pc and the remote registry service is running and providing access. If Interested let me know.

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sconstable earned 62 total points
ID: 9944769
There is a very reasonably priced product ($49.00 for 50 PC's) called EZ Snoop, its not like websence at all its just like what you were asking for (looks at the URL history) I have even setup ezsnoop on a network share and it will create daily reports if you want that kind of reporting.

The URL is

And I think you can even get a demo for 30 days.  

Also, there are some command line switches so the users dont have to know its running.

Hope that helps.

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