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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by wallyglock, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. wallyglock


    Mar 1, 2005
    had a friend over using my computer.....harmless enough for me most any time.

    he did some snooping to see what web-sites i had been on and i wasnt sure i liked what he was doing and their was no need for him to spy on me whatsoever:shocked:

    he has since returned back to school, many miles from where i live.
    i now, out of the clear blue , feel a need to watch him or anyone like him on my computer !
    i wont be so good to loan out its use again.

    i do know how to use "tools " to erase web-sites and clear cookies but i believe he clicked on some other sort of tool bar or ??? to get some visited web site info.

    could someone please tell me , explain in DETAIL, what this might be so i can use it as an eraser if i feel the need to do so :cool:

    thanks wally

    i use firefox most all the time and use google as the searcher.
  2. Esco


    Nov 1, 2007
    Could you possibly make a guest account so that they log into and use that instead of your personal account..? makes things a lot easier.

  3. pkdmslf


    Mar 1, 2009
    Well, first of all, if you knew what he was doing, why didn't you just kick him off of your computer? I wouldn't allow him back on ever, for snooping around on your 'puter.
  4. DoubleWide


    Sep 3, 2008
    Firefox has an option to clear private data on exit. This can clear info like cookies, etc. Be aware that other software like Windows Media Player is usually set up to store history also and it can also leave temp files. I found some old porn from way back sitting in a temp file.
  5. dotsun

    dotsun Shark Stomper

    Mar 25, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    If someone else has unfettered access to your computer, it is no longer your computer. Having said that, removing any tool bars you've installed in your browser and setting firefox to clear private data as DW mentioned will help your cause. If you're behind a router, you'll want to change the password from the default one since it will likely log your recent web activity as well.

    Bottom line is to supervise anyone that's using your computer if you don't trust them.
  6. ax157

    ax157 Libertarian

    Oct 14, 2003
    +1 on that.

    Make a guest account with as few powers as possible, best solution all around.
  7. trashcat


    Mar 10, 2009
    If you don't want anybody to causally peruse your porn browsing history create a new account that you only use when visiting dodgy websites. There is a registry value that controls what logins are shown in the login display I believe tweakUI can edit it. Also create an account for other people to use that is not an Administrator account, if an account is the administrator group it has full access to all data on your disk no matter where it is(unless something is encrypted). Remember if you're doing anything illegal, stop it. You can prevent an amature for seeing everything but unless you know what you're doing you can't erase all traces of your activity.
  8. ax157

    ax157 Libertarian

    Oct 14, 2003

    Way to accuse him of breaking the law based on...... pretty much absolutely nothing whatsoever at all.
  9. wallyglock


    Mar 1, 2005
    about what trashcat said ( his handle fits him :wow: )

    it is simply amazing on this and other forums also , how quick people are to judge and condem others. :crying:

    ask a simple question for help with good intentions, and it starts the ball rolling.

    at least there are some decent folks involved here to take up the slack.

    and might i add.......illegal to who ? wrong for who ?
    i try not to judge others by my own standards.......totally unfair to get along on this forum:wavey:
  10. kc8ykd


    Oct 6, 2005
    Browsing porn is illegal ?
  11. Simply create 3 user accounts, 1 admin with strong password, 1 limited with strong password and 1 guest with no password. There after, if anyone uses your computer they can only use the guest account and do not have access to settings of the other accounts.

    Even though I have two hardware firewall security appliances on top of NIS2009, this is how I have my system set up, when I surf the web to check forums and such that doesn't require any downloads, I use my guest acct as this blocks the use of activex/java and any downloads.