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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bigtorch, Oct 1, 2003.

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  1. Bigtorch

    Bigtorch Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,

    Background Reading

    I am in need of some help, the company I work for have developed a custom web browser. It will be distributed in schools as part of our “safe surf” initiative. The web browser has a limited interface i.e. no address bar and only points to our website which has a directory of “porn-free” websites, which the student can click on. It does not allow students to type in a URL as that way they can access inappropriate material. All websites are pulled from the SQL database, and each website has a rating from 1 to 10. Each student has a username / password which is stored on the SQL server along with a Rating of 1-10. If a student has a rating of 5 then they can only view websites, which have a rating of 5 and below. To stop users from accessing the web from other software via hyperlinks etc they have been blocked by a software firewall.

    The Problem

    The student will be browsing the web through our web browser however when it comes to popup windows, or windows open in a new folder, Internet Explorer is currently being forced open, which is no use as it will be blocked via the firewall therefore a “page cannot be displayed” error is shown. The default web browser has to be changed from Internet Explorer to our custom one. I have changed all file associations for .htm / .html etc but no luck. I need a solution that will work across Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003. I know this may be impossible but I could really do with some feedback.

    I appreciate any help. - Thanks :)

    Imran
     
  2. Squashman

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    I am sure someone will come along with a Registry fix for you, but if I were you I would program it into the install of the software to make it the default browser or have an option in the software to make it the default browser. Mozilla and Opera both do this.

    I am kind of suprised that your programmers dont know how to do this.
     
  3. Bigtorch

    Bigtorch Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your reply LwdSquashman :)

    I understand where you are coming from and had instructed the programmers to program the application so from a click of a button it would define the browser as the default, however they have been very reluctant to do this for reasons I am not aware off. I just hope someone can help us as we have many students in our town who do not have Internet access because they have been downloading porn and the management of the establishments has swiftly terminated the connection.

    Any help is appreciated,

    Imran
     
  4. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    Well then you need to track what your users are doing on the Internet. And explain to them that if they are found to be downloading any porn they will be suspended. There are other ways to block there useage of the internet besides Writing a custom application. You can setup Policies on the computers and use a Proxy Server to block what sites you dont want them to go to. Not sure what possessed you to write your own browser.
     
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