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Install / uninstall control programs

by mirzahat / August 20, 2007 5:07 PM PDT

is there out there a password protected program that can help me allow / disallow programs to be installed on a computer? Like when you add "BadProgram" to a black list it cannot be installed?


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I don't think so
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 20, 2007 10:43 PM PDT

If I understand you properly, you want some sort of software that will prevent bad software from being installed.

The problem as I see it is that there must be literally millions of software programs out there on the internet, as well as in retail stores, etc, and thousands more being produced every day. There is no central store or database of this software because people just make them available. For instance, if I developed some sort of software I would not have to register it anywhere, I would just distribute it, or make it available for download.

So how would you find out if the software was bad without installing it first?

The only way I could see of testing software is to have a test machine available, eg a 2nd computer, one that I could re-install Windows very quickly if anything goes wrong, and install the software to be tested there.

There is something else you could consider, a Sandbox. Sandboxes are software that allows you to run applications that are isolated from the main Windows OS, and so the software you are running does not have a chance to infect or break the main OS. Here's an example;

However, this won't prevent later installation of a bad program into Windows. It just allows you to test it in a Windows type environment.

I hope that helps.


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This is a PC.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2007 4:20 AM PDT

PC = Personal Computer. YOU are the person that controls what happens on the machine. The basic premise is that the owner makes the decision what they install.

There has been some thoughts about moving back to bad old mainframe days with such tight controls that no one save the men in white lab coats could make the machine do something new.

I think you'd have to think over the history of the PC to understand why it's such an open platform. If you don't want such an open platform look at the game systems such as Xbox, Playstation and more.


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its about bearflix
by mirzahat / August 21, 2007 6:23 AM PDT
In reply to: This is a PC.

the problem is the following: I have child protection software that prevents porn sites etc. now I discovered that Bearflix lets everyone download porn videos from the net skipping the security of the protection program. And children can simply install/uninstall
bearflix without and restrictions and download questionable videos.
Yes, there is a family filter option in bearflix, but if a child downloads this program and installs it, he/she can un-check the family filter option.
How can I forbid this program to be ever installed on my machine?


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From what I see
by PudgyOne / August 21, 2007 7:43 AM PDT
In reply to: its about bearflix

Bearflix can be downloaded from many places, even download.com

If you have Windows XP

you can make them a limited user. Limited users cannot install programs.


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Bam. They get a limited account.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2007 1:07 PM PDT
In reply to: its about bearflix

And you tell them "tough, you abuse, you lose."

The next stop is zero access.


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