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Download blocking

I have three computers set up at my fire department that I need to figure out how to block any file downloads from the internet without a pass code. I want to put a user account on each of these computers that is for general use of any member and then one account for administrator use only. We are a volunteer department so I would like to do this at low, or preferably, no cost. Also, if there was a way for me (or any other deemed admin) to view the visited websites through the admin account without making it a child account would be great.

We are currently running Windows 10 Home on a 64-bit system.

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Not possible.

You may be able to limit bandwidth but what if the download is http? Then the block would be for all web sites.

--> Let's check your router for the guest network feature where we can throttle download speeds.

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PS. Kees shows the way.

That's the ticket. Tablets and limited Windows user accounts. That would stop from them installing "programs."

Yes, Fallout 4 won't run on a limited account but you didn't ask for games like that work on those accounts.

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But wouldn't that limit the entire pc's downloads?

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Only the PC's that use the guest network.

I have such a router and guests get a measly 1Mbit link.

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Re: blocking download

I don't know of any way to block the download of, say, a pdf-file. But a user account is not allowed to install programs, which might be sufficient for your use.

Why not give every member a cheap Android tablet to use at the department? Using Internet on that is their own responsibility, and whatever they do doesn't harm your computers.

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Money is the issue here. Our department has a fixed budget and money is a bit hard to come by. Good idea, however.

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