easiest way to stop my father from installing crap on his winxp computer?

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    my dad likes to download worthless things like screensaver programs and misc junk, that usually leads to spyware. i usually end up just reloading the image every month.

    whats the easiest way to stop him from installing things he doesn't need to, other than yelling at him? this is a winxp pro machine

    should i make his account limited? from there, what should i do?
     
  2. CodsterTX

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    unplug the power
     
  3. wetwillie

    wetwillie New Member

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    ground him from using the computer
     
  4. tibbar

    tibbar aww fennec foxah aww

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    I would limit his power if you are able to get to him when he does need to install something.
     
  5. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    tons of helpful responses, thanks :hsugh:
     
  6. wetwillie

    wetwillie New Member

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    Well you could slap his hands with a ruler everytime he did this but then, he'd prolly fuck you up for that.
     
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    :dunno: tell him to quit installing stuff or you will quit fixing it.
     
  8. Chris

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    limited user account, but then he needs you to install anything he might actually need
     
  9. conduit

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    virtual image of the base OS + the apps he needs :dunno:
     
  10. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    details or EDU?
     
  11. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    We use a program called "Deep Freeze" here at work ... you could restrict his access to stuff thru profiles and registry too ...
     
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    It's his computer, let him do whatever he wants.
     
  14. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That would be funnier than shit, but I don't think it would keep the dad from doing bad things on the computer.
    :rofl:
     
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    My dad does the same thing. After fixing it a few times, I told him the next time I'm not fixing it. It'll stay a $1000 paperweight. Now he rarely downloads useless crap. However, he uninstalled the anti-virus program I had on there.
     
  16. conduit

    conduit sup

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    google norton ghost

    i've never used it, nor do i have any experience with it, but someone else might know about it, and google is your friend :wiggle:
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    wow, for the first time ever a subless 07 came through. thanks

    if i don't like this, i'll try editing policies or something
     
  19. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You could also get Acronis, and put a backup in a hidden partition just like the major pc brands do.
    Then you could just tell your dad that he can go ahead and install whatever the heck he pleases. But the fix is always going to be to go back to square one. And square on in this case would only take you a few minutes every time you have to mess with it.

    Acronis is beauty.
     
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    Tell him to stop downloading porn
     
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    Rumbaar Inherent Omniscience OT Supporter

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    Ha!, You're welcome.
     
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    I second something like this ... we use Centurion Guard / Cornerstone here. Basically buffers all changes made to swap space, then wipes swap on reboot. He can install anything he wants, fuck up anything he wants, reboot, and it's back to how it was. If he really wants something installed, he's got to come to you to unlock it, let him do the install, then lock it back up. Something like this is great because it can protect you pretty well from users (in our case students, we're a college) that are *trying* to fuck up your system, let alone those that may do it inadvertently.
     
  23. Sphere

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    Ghost/Acronis.

    Nail PC every month with image + Pray that virus does no hardware damage.

    Something always slips through with all the other lockdown programs.
     
  24. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Force him to run in a virtual PC, then automatically roll back the virtual disk file to a clean copy every night.
     
  25. Peyomp

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    Honestly? Remove windows. Install Ubuntu and Open Office.

    I did this to my parents for a while before I got them on OS X. They didn't really notice.
     

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