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November 23, 2012 7:19:24 PM

:heink:  Okay, here's the problem. My sister's husband acts like he has a clue on how to do anything on my sister's laptop, disables all my anti-malware and anti-virus programs in an effort to view his pornographic websites that are unsafe to the computer, and to download similar unsafe videos, and attempts to download various junk via Torrents because he believes "torrents are safer" than downloading from any other web site. He downloads various programs that I shall call crap-ware because they come LOADED with Internet Explorer tool bars that hijack Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome, changes IE9's and Google Chrome's web pages to sites that are dangerous to the computer, and these tool bars are malware on their own right due to preventing internet access or constantly re-directing the user from one page to another. In his effort to cover his tracks from my sister on his porn problem, he attempts to download additional crap-ware to replace my anti-virus and anti-malware programs, only to find that instead of getting anti-virus/malware, he's loaded additional viruses into the computer. :fou: 
I've had to repair these issues at least 5 times now. If the laptop was not my sister's, and if she didn't require it to do her job and pay her bills and attempt to find a new job for herself, and to get her husband to find a job online as well, IF it were his laptop I'd just tell him to go to Staples or Best Buy and spend $300-$400 to repair everything he does wrong to it. But it is my sister's laptop and she does require it for work, bills and job seeking. I've informed her to stop letting him on it, but the problem she has is "He needs to find a job." :cry:  He does all this while she's away at work. It's frustrating me to fix the same lap top over and over again for free because I'm doing this out of the kindness of my heart for my sister. I delete every bit of his pornographic collection, and every one of his torrents because virus scans I run on the vast majority of them alert me to virus and potentially unwanted program alerts.

Here's my question: Besides begging her to stop letting him on the laptop, and besides refusing to fix it again (She's my sister, I won't refuse her request since it's her lively-hood), how in the world can I prevent this tornado of destruction for a human being from downloading anything, modifying anything, uninstalling anything and ruining all the hard work I keep putting into this computer?

Specs: Acer Aspire 4730Z Laptop, Windows Vista Home 32-bit edition, 3 GB of RAM, Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00GHz-2.00GHz, 320GB Hard Drive.

I've attempted to put Windows SteadyState version 2.5 onto this computer hoping and praying this would be my savior to preventing him from doing anything beyond some internet browsing, however every time I run the program, I get an error screen that pops up and says "Windows SteadyState Administrator Utility (GUI) has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available." Yet Windows Update never finds an update, and there does not appear to be a solution to this problem. I've followed the instructions at this site to resolve the issue here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/zh/windowsst...

However Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows SteadyState, and the link provided by the Microsoft Partner Sean Zhu no longer works, and even after following his instructions, I continue to get the same problem.

What I want is something like SteadyState that I don't have spend money on to get the same job done. I want it to be set up in such a way that my sister can still do her job, can still surf the internet, do her instant messaging/skyping, play a few games that she has on it, and keep her husband strictly limited to 1 (one) browser to use to find himself a job and do some web surfing without the ability to download, without loading 20+ hijacking tool bars (I've found 25 at one time), and prevent him from installing or un-installing ANYTHING. (If I had it my way, he'd be prohibited from ever knowing how to turn the lap top on ever.)

I thank you all for your time in reading this, and for those who know what I'm going through and have solutions. I'm getting frustrated by his destructive nature and am at wit's end.
:bounce: 
a b 8 Security
November 23, 2012 8:12:02 PM

Wolfebay said:
:heink:  Okay, here's the problem. My sister's husband acts like he has a clue on how to do anything on my sister's laptop, disables all my anti-malware and anti-virus programs in an effort to view his pornographic websites that are unsafe to the computer, and to download similar unsafe videos, and attempts to download various junk via Torrents because he believes "torrents are safer" than downloading from any other web site. He downloads various programs that I shall call crap-ware because they come LOADED with Internet Explorer tool bars that hijack Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome, changes IE9's and Google Chrome's web pages to sites that are dangerous to the computer, and these tool bars are malware on their own right due to preventing internet access or constantly re-directing the user from one page to another. In his effort to cover his tracks from my sister on his porn problem, he attempts to download additional crap-ware to replace my anti-virus and anti-malware programs, only to find that instead of getting anti-virus/malware, he's loaded additional viruses into the computer. :fou: 
I've had to repair these issues at least 5 times now. If the laptop was not my sister's, and if she didn't require it to do her job and pay her bills and attempt to find a new job for herself, and to get her husband to find a job online as well, IF it were his laptop I'd just tell him to go to Staples or Best Buy and spend $300-$400 to repair everything he does wrong to it. But it is my sister's laptop and she does require it for work, bills and job seeking. I've informed her to stop letting him on it, but the problem she has is "He needs to find a job." :cry:  He does all this while she's away at work. It's frustrating me to fix the same lap top over and over again for free because I'm doing this out of the kindness of my heart for my sister. I delete every bit of his pornographic collection, and every one of his torrents because virus scans I run on the vast majority of them alert me to virus and potentially unwanted program alerts.

Here's my question: Besides begging her to stop letting him on the laptop, and besides refusing to fix it again (She's my sister, I won't refuse her request since it's her lively-hood), how in the world can I prevent this tornado of destruction for a human being from downloading anything, modifying anything, uninstalling anything and ruining all the hard work I keep putting into this computer?

Specs: Acer Aspire 4730Z Laptop, Windows Vista Home 32-bit edition, 3 GB of RAM, Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00GHz-2.00GHz, 320GB Hard Drive.

I've attempted to put Windows SteadyState version 2.5 onto this computer hoping and praying this would be my savior to preventing him from doing anything beyond some internet browsing, however every time I run the program, I get an error screen that pops up and says "Windows SteadyState Administrator Utility (GUI) has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available." Yet Windows Update never finds an update, and there does not appear to be a solution to this problem. I've followed the instructions at this site to resolve the issue here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/zh/windowsst...

However Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows SteadyState, and the link provided by the Microsoft Partner Sean Zhu no longer works, and even after following his instructions, I continue to get the same problem.

What I want is something like SteadyState that I don't have spend money on to get the same job done. I want it to be set up in such a way that my sister can still do her job, can still surf the internet, do her instant messaging/skyping, play a few games that she has on it, and keep her husband strictly limited to 1 (one) browser to use to find himself a job and do some web surfing without the ability to download, without loading 20+ hijacking tool bars (I've found 25 at one time), and prevent him from installing or un-installing ANYTHING. (If I had it my way, he'd be prohibited from ever knowing how to turn the lap top on ever.)

I thank you all for your time in reading this, and for those who know what I'm going through and have solutions. I'm getting frustrated by his destructive nature and am at wit's end.
:bounce: 

Try this solution for the Steadystate error you receive.
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/windo...

Buy him his own laptop to destroy ! or Use vista Group policy editor
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208%28v...
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November 24, 2012 9:19:53 AM

@ksiemb
Try this solution for the Steadystate error you receive.
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/windo...

Buy him his own laptop to destroy ! or Use vista Group policy editor
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208%28v... said:
Try this solution for the Steadystate error you receive.
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/windo...

Buy him his own laptop to destroy ! or Use vista Group policy editor
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208%28v...


Sadly, my understanding is that Windows Vista Home Premium does not come with Group Policy Editor. The first link you posted was the same link I mentioned that failed to work too. :??: 

@ex_bubblehead
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Deep Freeze will do what you want: http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze/standard/

About $40 for the standard version. A large number of my corporate clients use the enterprise version and it works a treat.


I am considering asking my sister to purchase this program for her laptop if her husband keeps this crap up. Finances are tight for them right now as he's unemployed, and finances are tight for myself as well, so I'm unwilling to spend money towards this at this moment (depends on how frustrated I become the next time this laptop shows up at my desk for repairs by his addiction problem).

Anyone else have some ideas that are preferably free to resolve this issue?
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November 24, 2012 10:43:08 AM

Wolfebay said:
@ksiemb


Sadly, my understanding is that Windows Vista Home Premium does not come with Group Policy Editor. The first link you posted was the same link I mentioned that failed to work too. :??: 

@ex_bubblehead
Quote:
Deep Freeze will do what you want: http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze/standard/

About $40 for the standard version. A large number of my corporate clients use the enterprise version and it works a treat.


I am considering asking my sister to purchase this program for her laptop if her husband keeps this crap up. Finances are tight for them right now as he's unemployed, and finances are tight for myself as well, so I'm unwilling to spend money towards this at this moment (depends on how frustrated I become the next time this laptop shows up at my desk for repairs by his addiction problem).

Anyone else have some ideas that are preferably free to resolve this issue?

@Wolfebay: Apologize for that 1st link that was same as what you attempted ! VISTA does have Group Policy Master Console Server 2008 http://www.bing.com/search?q=vista+gpmc&form=MOZSBR&pc=...
but I am not sure if for ALL versions of Vista. Also upgrade to Vista SP1 would have gotten rid of it, so if you research Vista GPMC, you may find a download for it.
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