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And I have to set it up for two teenagers.

I have no idea where to start. I know nothing about kid-proofing a computer, or setting it up so that they can't access bad sites, such as porn, warez, or this one. Just kidding.

All I really know is to set up their accounts as LIMITED USER or something, which I've done.

If it helps, I'm running Windows XP Home, SP2. I haven't really put time into doing updates (yet), but that will come.

I have a few important questions:

1: Can each kid have their own set "environment" and set-up? If the son wants to have their NARUTO background at 800x600, can the daughter have their login with something they like, and at a different resolution or whatever?

2: I predominantly use Firefox. Does that support unique users and logins on Windows, or will the bookmarks I have set up on my account on this computer be carried over to theirs?

3: Same with Thunderbird, Yahoo! and MSN - will my login and preferences carry over to each of theirs?

4: As a side note, I'll be keeping this computer on 24/7 for F@H purposes. If everyone's logged off and the computer is at main user select screen, can F@H run? Or does it have to be set in one of the administrators logins and run from there?

I really appreciate any help anyone can offer. As with pretty much everything online, I could google it, but I trust the opinions and advice of the W continuum (what is our group name, anyhow?) and everyone here.

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Each user has its own settings for all programs. Or at least for all the things you've mentioned.

I researched internet filtering for children for my sister, and the only free program that seemed to have an appropriate level of protection was K9. The other programs either had too many false positives (e.g. unable to access the wikipedia article about Middlesex, New York), or relied on self-classification by the website, which means I found an adult site that wasn't blocked within the first 5 I could think of.

It's free, so install it, set up the filters for what you want, and then spend a few minutes trying to get around it.

Obviously all the normal stuff. Antivirus. Some kind of active spyware protection (I use Spybot with up to date immunization).

If it were me I would not allow any p2p file-sharing programs. If a person isn't careful (which is not something teenagers are known for) they can easily introduce viruses and malware into the system.

And like anything children are using, it's best to keep it in a place out in the open, like a living room. Not in their bedroom.

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Mr. Boffo - thanks for your help.

The computer has been set up in the living room - it's nickname is the Famicom. They've all been set up with email addresses and access to them using Thunderbird, so I was very happy to see how that would run. The daughter was very interested in getting involved and jumped right into it, but the son thought it was too much of a bother ("But dad, I'm playing San Andreas!" was his reaction) but we got it set up.

I want to get a folder on each kids' desktop with the games that they like so they don't snoop around - I think I have an idea on how to do that.

I have a torrent program but I have it set that they can't get to it. As for accessing stuff they shouldn't - I'm gonna see if they actually try before I do so. I've told them sternly that I have ways of finding out what they do. I don't mean to be overbearing, but the world is different now than it was when I was a wee young'un. Or something.

So...anti-virus. Spybot S&D. Is Windows Firewall sufficient?




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I am contractually obligated to recommend Norton 2010 (shop.symantecstore.com).

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FYI, Microsoft officially released a free antivirus/malware program for XP SP2 and up this week. Microsoft Security Essentials it's called. No clue how good it is, I just installed it on one PC yesterday but it was a very quick install and seems to take up way less in resources than the typical McAfee/Norton. Way, way less so that's one huge plus. But we'll see.

http://www.microsoft.com/SECURITY_ESSENTIALS/

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There's also AVG Free, Avira, and Avast for some free anti-virus, anti-spyware offerings. I've loaded the AVG Free on my home laptop and it's worked just fine.




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Now all I need to know is how to run F@H if nobody's logged into the computer. Can it run if Windows is at the user selection screen or should I keep my account open at all times?



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If you can install it as a service, then it will.




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