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Any way to prevent fast history delete?

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ayabrea38 | 14:15 Wed 08th Aug 2012 | Technology
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When 'someone' borrows my pc I would like to know what sites etc they are going to,but I have noticed that every time they stop using it,they do the old Ctrl+Shift+Del to remove their history.Is there any way of preventing this from working or finding out where they have been visiting?
Just a concerned parent,but don't want them to think I don;t trust them.
Any help would be good
Thanks,
Aya

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you can instal stuff to monitor site history, also depending on your ISP, some of them provide site blockers....its not a question of trust, if they aren't visiting those sites, they wont even know the blocker exists.
but you don't trust them!
why don't you make it a condition of borrowing the PC that you have to be able to look at what sites they have been on?
Well the first thing you should do is make sure they are using a separate user account to yours and their user account should not be an administrator account, otherwise anything you do can be changed back or bypassed by them.

Then log the computer in as their user account, run regedit as an administrator and then find the following key.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft
\Internet
Explorer\Control Panel

and then in the right hand pane create a DWORD value named "DisableDeleteBrowsingHistory" and set its value to 1

This only affects internet explorer so make sure there are no other browsers they can run.

(this is how I'd do it anyhow)
Ctrl + Alt + Del does not delete browsing history though it can be used to stop a program running.

Also IE and other browser have "Private" browsing which does not store any details of what sites they visit so it is easy for them bypass any checks.
pssst VHG: ctrl + SHIFT + del in the OP
The above software can be set to monitor only so the child will be completely unaware that it has been installed. If you wish to block certain category of website it can do that and it does it very well.

I have it installed on my 14 (nearly 15) year old son's PC, he knows it is there.
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Thank you,
woolfgang,I am trying an old free programe I got with a magazine,Acespy,but I think it is too old(or I am to figure out how it works)
bednobs-trust has to be earned and they have not yet done that,and I know stuff goes on that they don't want me to see,and to be honest I cannot stop everything,as in PSP,Wii
ChuckFckens-I will do the user account change,but they mainly use Firefox browser,guess I sang it's praises too well.
I am afraid I don't understand your instructions,Then log the computer in as their user account, run regedit as an administrator.What is run regedit,or rather how does one do this when logged in as them?Sorry I am mega basic in stuff at the mo.
VHG,that is what I thought they where doing at first,I understand that will probably be their next move :(
bibblebub-thank you,at least someone knew what I meant
daffy654 -Thanks,but I don't want to block the sites,just be a bit nosey as to what they are doing.
Has anyone ever tried to use any of these spy programs successfully and which one,was it available free?Also can a stupid person understand it?
The last one gave me a screen shot and I never knew what good that would do,I would just like a bit of web history.
I cannot help thinking if they had nothing to hide,they would not delete things so vigilantly,thoroughly and fast.
Thanks for all your answers,post any more EASY bright ideas please!
Aya
seriously, if you are worried about it the easiest and simplest thing to do is either not let them have access or make looking at their web history a condition of using it

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