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Find websites (URL's) workers have visited

I'm new to Administration so help out please.  Where would I find a log file that has all the websites that have been browsed to by everyone in my office?  I need to know if they are browsing to 'bad' sites.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
this type of logging is usually not automatic.  it is usually something that is enabled at the gateway router/firewall appliance.  have you logged in to your router/firewall to see if it has logging enabled?

some businesses have a special piece of hardware for internet monitoring... you should verify what equipment you have

some businesses have special software for internet monitoring... again... you need to verify what is installed.

there is no way to do this monitoring that is native to windows...
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
oh...
and if you are monitoring... make sure all employees have signed a form that discloses that they might be monitored.  this is usually the best method for keeping employees off bad sites... let them know you are reserving the right to monitor them...

in many states, you will need this kind of disclosure for legal reasons....

at the same time, you want to make sure your form does not create a Big Brother Is Watching Me attitude ... that can negatively impact employee morale....  instead, include the monitoring clause in an overall IT Policy that talks about how illegal software should not be downloaded or shared, etc....
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bmsjeffCommented:
What OS's do you have in your network?
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famosoAuthor Commented:
We are hosted by a data center an only use road runner (cable modem) and linksys router.  Plus we have a cisco pix I think for our vpn.  So then what you are saying is that there probably isn't anywhere I can look that will have a list of websites that people are visiting?
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famosoAuthor Commented:
We are using Windows XP, Server, etc.  I just checked the linksys router and we are not logging.  Would any place be logging that my organization could see websites?  So far it doesn't look that way.  Thoughts of other places I can look?
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famosoAuthor Commented:
Also, then the only place to find a history would be on the individual's workstation?
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michkoCommented:
Actually, a record of all sites visited is kept in their index.dat file.  This will be located under C:\documents and settings\User\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UserData

This is a hidden file, so you must have "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked.  If for some reason it's not in that specific folder, you can search for it.  Again, make sure you search hidden files.

The index.dat file lists all web sites visited by that user.  It does not keep date, time, or any other information, only a list of sites.

You have to have a reader to open this file.  One can be found here:  
http://support.it-mate.co.uk/?mode=Products&p=Index.datSuite
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michkoCommented:
Oh, also - I've had the best results by copying these to a floppy (if they'll fit), or a network drive.  Then go back to your workstation and open them from there.  Since they're all named index.dat, I just create folders for each user, then save the index.dat in the appropriate folder.
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michkoCommented:
Thanks for the quick close and points.

One more fyi - if you use a desktop cleaning program like CCleaner and/or Cleanup, it may be set to delete .dat files.  You can customize both so they will skip index.dat files.
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