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User Monitoring needed

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Last response: in Windows XP
May 26, 2005 1:29:28 PM

Hi ,

I got a roommate who visited sites and then deletes his history and internet temp files everytime he shuts down the computer. I want to ask anyone for recommendations on software to monitor a user on a computer even if they delete their activities after use.

So software that registers "visited sites, recently openen files, etc..." other than the standard internet explorer options, if there is such a software program...
I think there must be ...

Thank you

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May 28, 2005 2:41:51 AM

If you are willing, you can purchase software that does exactly what you need. Basically, the software will take "video" of all users' activities. I believe the average cost for this type of software is around $100.

You can Google this information, using keywords like "monitoring software" or "spy software." Here's one site that I came across:
<A HREF="" target="_new">SpectorSoft</A>
May 28, 2005 2:58:19 AM

I think you want a keylogger. However, be warned what you ask may not be legal or ethical, but I leave that to you.
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May 29, 2005 11:35:11 AM

Sure it's ethical to want to know what YOUR computer is doing. What if his room mate is downloading child porn on his computer. I think that is somethhing he would want to put an end to.

Your arrogance is boring!
May 29, 2005 1:14:49 PM

The original poster never indicated that the roomate uses his computer. In fact, from the words he uses the indications are that the roomate uses his own.
Your what if is a concern, KP is a very serious issue, and if he suspects it and has evidence or suspicion he should contact campus police. They take this very seriously.
However, you are assuming a lot. So until hons gives us more detail I still stand by my warning whether you like it or not.

If ignorance is bliss you must be one happy camper. Sorry that wasn't called for, my apoligies

I am officially <i>addicted</i><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by palmerg on 05/29/05 12:59 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
May 31, 2005 3:06:16 PM

If it's his computer, don't worry about it.

If it's on your computer, change your username/password so he can't access it.

Software solutions will cost you money.

You could download a program called "Windows Grep" which will pull up all files deleted that haven't been overwritten by something else. That will show you his cookies, temp. internet files, and you might be able to restore the history.
Granted, this might pull up years of history.

I find this program helpful when users delete files off their computer and really need them.