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How can I tell if my computer has been turned on in my absnc

by MommaBeth / February 7, 2006 10:19 PM PST

I am mostly computer illterate so if this seems silly I apologize, but can you tell if your computer has been turned on without your knowledge? Do computers keep track of that and if so how can I find that out?
Thank You

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Re: how to see if computer has been used.
by Kees Bakker / February 7, 2006 11:18 PM PST


The easiest thing to do would be to put a BIOS-password on it. That way, all you can do if you turn the machine on, is guessing the password. And that's not really fun. This implies that only you and the people you tell that password can use the machine.

There are other possibilities, but most can be fooled by any user who knows how you set it up. So if you're happy with the above, that would be the way to go. If not, post again. Then I'll tell you how to edit autoexec.bat to append a line with date and time of each boot to a 'log-file' you can examine in Notepad. But, as I said, it's easy to forge for anybody who's more computer litterate than you are. Other people might come with more sophisticated ideas.

Hope this helps.


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Check in history
by Glenda / February 8, 2006 1:49 AM PST

in windows explorer, under windows:) I caught an ex son in law visiting a no no site when I was out of state! Gave time and everything

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how to see
by MommaBeth / February 8, 2006 2:26 AM PST
In reply to: Check in history

The password route would not be applicable in this case, but could you give instructions on the windows explorer...step by step? If the person in question is more computer literate than I am could they cover thier tracks by deleting history or sites visited today?

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by Glenda / February 8, 2006 2:33 AM PST
In reply to: how to see

They could do that:( My SIl was not too smart]:)
Go into Start Menu, click on Programs, Go to Windows Explorer, Go into Windows File and it will open up, History will be listed:) It will give dates and times. with each day having it's own list! If whoever is accessing your PC thinks you don't know enough I doubt they will have deleted their entries:) Good Luck
If this fails you might want to put on a program that watches everything that happens on your PC. My Son has one that tells him exactly who went where on his PC. He has 4 teenagers and they are very restricted in what sites they are allowed to visit. Maybe some one else can give you names of these programs, as I don't remember what he used.

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by MommaBeth / February 8, 2006 2:45 AM PST
In reply to: Yes

Thanks for that info, I will try that , now if only i could find a way to access her myspace any hints there? At 13 I am highly nervous of this site, and she has some nice friends there, I just am concerned about the borderline pornographic photos and the possibility of who she might be talking to and what they are saying....

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Let me email
by Glenda / February 8, 2006 2:55 AM PST
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my son and ask him what he uses. He also has access to their email accts:) One thing he does, is that IF they change their passwords they are not allowed on the PC at all! He has XP so they each have their own access, he just locks them out:) The ruke is if he doesn't have their passwords, then they have no use of the PC:)

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by MommaBeth / February 8, 2006 9:34 AM PST
In reply to: Let me email

Glenda thanks so much...I would be very interested to know....
Will let you know how your tips work out...

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by Glenda / February 8, 2006 10:02 AM PST
In reply to: Great!

Might be a bit of a wait on my son, he is rather tardy in his email replies! LOL! But as soon as I get the info I will post it for you! Meanwhile good luck:)

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Here it is:)
by Glenda / February 9, 2006 4:13 AM PST
In reply to: Great!

"Its called Big Brother, unfortunately I don't have the disk anymore, but you can get it on-line."
This was the reply from James, LOL Short and Sweet:)

Here is the link to get it:)

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Ignore this link, wrong one, New link:)
by Glenda / February 10, 2006 2:17 AM PST
In reply to: Here it is:)
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