STOPPING PROGRAM INSTALLS AND BLOCKING CERTAIN SITES
Posted on 2007-08-05
Ok guys, her is my issue...
I have 3 computers running windows xp that I have in my business (T-Mobile phone store). My employees are on those computers on a regular basis and pretty much do all their work online. I'm not at the location most of the day so I can't monitor what sites are being visited and what programs are being installed but there is a strict policy against that. Of course since I am not at the location most of the day, plus I don't really have the time, I cant figure out what sites were visited or what programs were installed and which employee caused the issue.
I do know that when I do my regular anti-virus check up once a week, I do find tons of tracing cookies and ad ware/viruses here and there. I do know that the performance of the PC usually slows down and I believe this is because of the viruses.
Instead of trying to go back and forth and trying to figure this out. I need a way in windows xp where I can stop my employees from downloading and installing all the programs (bear share, lime wire, poker stars and god knows what else) that are going to keep them from their work and introduce security threats to the business computers. I also need to block certain sites like myspace.com and facebook.com from the browsers as well.
I was told that creating a "limited" status account in XP should be able to stop this but I tried and it still lets me install programs without any issues.
Please give me your best advice on the situation above.
Thanks much in advance guys. I hope you guys can help me with a solution to this problem as it has become a serious time/money consuming issue.
Good luck and take care