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Getting rid of Porn off of my computer

by adderallrules / June 15, 2009 11:49 AM PDT

I just caught my nephew using my computer and looking at very disturbing stuff on my computer without permission. Is there a way to clear everything porn related off of my computer.

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Use a filter program
by white-bread / June 15, 2009 4:04 PM PDT

And use another computer as a router with the program on it.
Ask Kinko's what they use.

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You need to clear . . .
by Coryphaeus / June 15, 2009 9:20 PM PDT

cookies, history, and your cache. Since we don't know what browser or OS you're using, you'll need to pursue it from there. A good program for doing this that works with most browsers is CCleaner. Google it.

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Clear private Data from history
by mikepyne / June 15, 2009 9:35 PM PDT

i too agree with Coryphaeus. Because that's the only thing you could do to clear up your PC. If you could specify which browser you are using, then we could help you a lot.

Regards
Mike

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How To Get Rid Of Porn Off Of My Computer
by adderallrules / June 16, 2009 3:43 AM PDT

Thanks for all of the help. I use Firefox to get online and my computer is Windows Vista. The computer itself is about 2 years old.

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But what did your NEPHEW use?
by Jimmy Greystone / June 16, 2009 3:45 AM PDT

But what did your NEPHEW use? THAT is the important question here. If he was using Internet Explorer, there's a good chance your problems will extend beyond just clearing out browser caches and the like.

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Also
by Jimmy Greystone / June 15, 2009 11:16 PM PDT

Also, they should be prepared for the distinct possibility of a malware infestation. A lot of porn sites really know how to, if you'll pardon the pun, screw their visitors over.

If Internet Explorer was used, all it ever takes is just one wrong click, to loose the gates of hell upon your computer.

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This person said exactly what I was going to
by hottroder / June 19, 2009 9:30 PM PDT

The use of CCleaner is perfect advise for anybody who is unfamiliar with removing unwanted and or undesired content that could potentially become a problem on your computer, heck I use it myself. Plus it has a nifty "Registry cleaner"
OR may I recommend that once a month you should:
Open "my computer" on your desktop or just open windows explorer then right click on the "C" drive then select "properties" followed by "disk cleanup", make sure all the boxes on the left are checked then click "OK", let it run its course and....Wah-Lah, most of the crud is now cleaned up and don't forget to defragment your machine at least every other week. I personally really like "JKDefrag" it works great and its free as well as CCleaner..... just Google it. Good Luck!

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Read book or use book closed alone
by Willy / June 15, 2009 11:36 PM PDT

Visit the "spyware, viruses,& security" forum and review the "stickys" provided to help you.

Be sure whatever pgms. you have are updated for anti-virus, malware and firewall are present.

Next, find pgms, like CyberSitter or Nannyware types to install if your nephew continues to use the system. If you have Vista as your OS, fine tune its privileges. Plus, you should setup an acct. for your nephew use, definitely w/o administrator privilege. If those get changed, then your nephew has some computer savvy, kick him off, period. Lock the system down, remove his acct. and password protect yours. You can use USB key that has password protection it alone and has to be present to boot the system, remove it the system doesn't boot. Google for such.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Probably nothing
by mwooge / June 19, 2009 11:47 AM PDT

Aside from having unwanted and possibly embarassing pictures on your HD, probably there's nothing to worry about. Go to a site with dog pictures, save one, then find where it's been stored. Anything your nephew kept will be the same place.
I'm assuming he hasn't done anything clever or secretive, in which case you'll have to ask him where he put everything.

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Doing nothing is not an option
by rich_edwards79 / June 19, 2009 9:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Probably nothing

Yes but those unwanted or embarrassing pics could land the OP in a whole load of trouble with a wife or partner if she happened across them. Plus, they mentioned that the stuff was 'disturbing' which may mean it could also be illegal in certain regions. For instance, depictions of BDSM are now outlawed in the UK under new laws introduced last year.

There can sometimes be pictures of minors mixed up in this stuff especially given that most of the adult sites aren't hosted in the US but in the dodgier parts of the globe where they either don't care about the exploitation of women and girls or simply don't have the resources to tackle it. If this is the case the consequences for the OP could be catastrophic should they ever wish to sell the computer or have it professionally repaired.

Even so called hard disk cleaners such as Windows Washer et al don't prevent someone with a law enforcement grade retrieval program scouring the hard drive for images. Furthermore, the nephew concerned didn't necessarily have to save anything to disk for it to be there: most browsers cache everything from buttons and page elements to the images themselves and it can be impossible to locate them all.

I know all of this from having inherited a computer back in the Win95 days from a friend of a friend of a partner whose son turned out to be a serial porn addict. In the end the only way I ever felt comfortable having it was to remove, destroy and replace the hard drive - not a cheap option back then, but the best solution for peace of mind.

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Not Easy
by Zouch / June 19, 2009 11:13 PM PDT

As you see from the other posts, this is not an easy task. Even after you've tried all the excellent suggestions and tools, you can't be really sure you are free of this stuff. You certainly want to make sure that you have cleared all your browser caches, since the file types are not shown - Tools-Internet Options-Delete All and remember to check the box for associated files. Firefox Tools-Options-Advanced-Clear All. And check that not new sites have been allowed to store cookies (in privacy, both browsers).

As a last resort, you might want to use Windows Explorer search for all image files on or after (in case it also implanted malware) the date your nephew got up to mischief. It's an onerous task but it may be the only way to be sure.

For the future, if your nephew or others are likely to be using your machine, you might want to consider setting up something like Sandboxie <www.sandboxie.com> to provide an isolated environment. It won't stop your nephew's mischief but at least you can wipe away all trace after he's finished.

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Hi
by francestonna / June 19, 2009 11:52 PM PDT

Hi I use the google toolbar, and the XP programme for firewall to help me so those sites will not appear on my monitor, think I have been a little bit of help.

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Ridding porn
by graywolf50 / June 19, 2009 11:55 PM PDT

All answers have been correct but they assume you have more than a moderate level of computer technical skills. Not saying anything against you but to "clean" a computer can be a long and tedious affair. Also, I see nowhere the mention of the nephew's level of skill. I have 8 yr old twins that can turn on, add the wifi connection, surf the internet to get to their favorite play sites and that's it. They have their own computer and I have "safeguarded" it. I have a 13 yr old that has his own computer and knows it inside out. Can do wonders with it. I can't control his and just have to believe that I have taught him well about certain sites and their tricks. He will explore but he tells me about them and we discuss if there was anything worthwhile there or just routine junk. All this to say that if the nephew is computer savay and he has a better grasp of its workings than you do, keep him off your computer.

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Wow!
by Dango517 / June 20, 2009 4:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Ridding porn

You might take a look around in the Blue Zone yourself. I'm sure you will find more then a few disturbing sites out there. There is far more "hard core" material in cyberspace then "cheese cake". Very "hard core" material, in fact.

Does the 13 year old have "minor" friends over to use his/her PC?

I would suggest you put Parental Controls on the 13 year olds PC.

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Sure, keep your nephew off your computer :)
by Dango517 / June 20, 2009 2:59 AM PDT

Check your media player files most have independent files that save videos. Clean out your temporary files and browser files. Check you documents files and folders. Also see "recent" items in Windows Vista (No OS specified). You can get to "recent" items by typing "recent" (no quotes)in the search box in "start". Good luck if these are image files, God knows where all of them are kept.

More importantly do your security scans. Porn sites can bring all sorts of problems to a PC and not the visual kind.

Install this on your PC before his next visit:

http://www.siteadvisor.com/

Then teach him how to use it.

Nephew, that's what they all say. Happy Just joking. Grin

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Some help
by shinycars / June 20, 2009 11:20 PM PDT

Here's a few programs that will help with your situation.

I would guess that he's mostly been surfing and looking at pictures, not actually downloading and saving files onto your computer.

To erase the tracks of the bad websites and leftover temporary files, grab a copy of the free CCleaner - http://www.ccleaner.com/ and install it. Start it up, click on the Cleaner icon, Windows, uncheck cookies. Do the same for the Applications tab, uncheck cookies for Firefox and Opera (if you use those). This will keep your cookies intact for the sites you like to visit. Next, if you want to overwrite these internet files securely, so no one can detect they've been there - click Options, Settings, Secure Deletion and in the drop-down box set it to 3 passes.

In case he did DL files, you'll need to find them. To locate files on your PC I would install a "desktop search" program that will look for files on computer. One of the best is called 'Everything'. You can also use Windows built-in search, but Everything is so good and fast you'll probably wanna keep it. Happy

Everything - desktop search
http://www.voidtools.com/

Everything - Article & review
http://tinyurl.com/56a9he

Start it up and it will index your hard drive (works only on NTFS drives) and look for these files - avi, mpg, jpg.
Then look for any porn/sex type titles on the files. You can click them open to be sure.

If you want to erase the files securely, grab a free program called 'Eraser' - http://www.heidi.ie/node/6 Install it, then right-click on any file and choose how many overwrites you want. 3 is a good amount. Some say you should overwrite 7 or more times but the authorities can probably revover any file with enough work - so IMO 3 is good enough.

Next I would install an Internet filter. One of the best and free is K9 Web Protection - http://www1.k9webprotection.com It has alot of good options including not allowing internet access during certain times of the day or night.

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