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05/21/2009 09:45:58 AM · #1
I have a neighbor who came over this morning, and said that her teenage grandson has been using her computer and she feels something isn't right about what he is doing on her computer. She gets an odd feeling that he is up to something. She checked after him, and found her history was erased after he used the computer. She asked me is there any other way to see where he was on the internet with a cleared history? I don't know the answer to that question...so, I am asking here.
05/21/2009 09:52:32 AM · #2
Does she have a router on her network? The router may maintain a log of what it has accessed recently.
05/21/2009 10:00:07 AM · #3
I'm not sure about a router...I know she is on comcast for internet
05/21/2009 10:03:35 AM · #4
If they use Internet Explorer there are a few files around the computer that have that information. Look in the browser temp folders for a file called index.dat.

Also, although the history may have been deleted, check the cookies on the computer. These are not erased unless you specifically tell it to do so. So every site that gives a cookie it should still be there.

Just two things to try.
05/21/2009 10:05:02 AM · #5
Sounds like she needs install a Parental Control software, like Netnanny, Guardian,etc. Maybe this site is a place to start for reviews. I've used some free keystroke loggers that are just ok, and also tried the Guardian. It logs web sites, some keystrokes, but the paid version can run totally hidden so he'll never know it's there.

There is some free stuff out there, but they usually leave an icon in the tray, or something like that so it's not completely hidden. If he's not too PC savvy then that may work fine.
05/21/2009 10:09:05 AM · #6
//www.theparentsedge.com/monitoring101.html bottom right column...

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