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  1. #1
    robo
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    Default Protecting the PC and the child on the web

    I know, PCWorld covers this all the time, but you know how sometimes you don't read anything unless you are interested, well now I am.

    My kids are starting to want to surf more, and Rory is always looking for game cheat sites and WHAM! Pop-ups galore. I used to use webwasher, I think that killed pop-ups too.

    Anyone have any suggetions? Basically want something to ensure the kids don't go somewhere they shouldn't or open a window that downloads something huge.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.
    robo.
    PS don't mention the rugby.

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    Graham L
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    I like hardware solutions.

    A pair of sidecutters works well. One cut through the wire going to the phone line will stop access to all "inappropriate" sites.

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    SoniKalien
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    Opera

    :^O

    SiK

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    Susan B
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    robo, first thing to get is a Host file. A good one is from here.

    If Rory tells you when he gets unwanted or inappropriate pop-ups when he gets his cheats you can note which sites are getting through and then add them to the Host file. Note that the Hosts file won't stop the pop-ups, they just stop the material loading so the pop-up window just says "Page not found". Its real value is in preventing browser opening the pages on its list.

    If that's not enough get a pop-up killer as well. Haven't got one myself but the forum has lots of recommendations in the archives.

    Another good little program that I have is noscript.exe from Symantec. From my FAQ 8b:

    This is a very convenient, one click tool for disabling or enabling the Windows Scripting Host, a very exploitable tool used by worms and sleazy operators to make bad things happen on your PC. It is not at all required for normal Windows functions.

    It stops dirty things going on behind your back. Works on my Win 98 but not sure about other versions.

  5. #5
    Greg S
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    Norton Internet Security

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    vk_dre
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    > Norton Internet Security

    wot u mentioned is good, but is not reliable, u have to drag the pop up into the special bin then it works, but most of of the time it won't (well for me)


  7. #7
    raddersnz
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    I like Mozilla for its ability to stop popups in their tracks. Since I started using it, and found the popup manager, I suffer no more annoying little popups.
    Try it, I think you will like it.
    Rory will like it too, as he could be looking at megagames.com and from the comfort of the hompage he could use tabbed browsing to find the cracks he needs.
    It does have trouble with the PCWorld CD's though, but windows explorer handles that problem better than IE6 does.
    Hope you find a solution

    rads

  8. #8
    -=JM=-
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    It all depends on what you are after robo.

    Do you want to give access to a few sites that you have okayed (a whitelist) or are you wanting to block some sites (a blacklist).

    I recommend getting the hosts file from smart-in designs and modify it a bit to suit. Such as removing the xtra/telecom and the NZ doubleclick entry and some of the akamai entries for norton updates.

    The other alternative is actual nanny software.

  9. #9
    robo
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    Webwasher killed Trademe for me, so had to remove it. I know enough to get out of trouble but they both (the kids) end up with half a dozen screens offering to speed up their internet, scan for porn, or sell them Viagra. It is a true pain but not sure I want to go to net nanny or anything that bad.

    Have never heard of using the hosts file for this. I thought the hosts file was a list of names and IP addresses. What have I missed?
    robo

  10. #10
    godfather
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    Well Robo, I see you have your priorities correct!

    Protecting the PC and the child on the web

    The PC comes first, then the child.......

    Sad. Very sad.

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