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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by fedup, Jan 24, 2002.

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  1. fedup

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    Is there ANY way a site can show up on the history of the computer without someone having gone into that particular site?
     
  2. DoyceJ

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    Welcome to TSG. :)

    Not to my knowledge.
     
  3. Davey7549

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    As Doyce mentioned, it is highly unlikely that history records would be produced without actually clicking on or entering a valid link. Under normal circumstances the OS would have to recognize the valid link for inclusion to the record.

    Now is it impossible for a history record to be created without one knowing? No....not impossible.

    There are sites that have created and maintained VBS scripts and JS scripts that if not blocked can make many changes or additions to ones computer without operator action. Case in point is the recent outbreak of homepage changes without the operators concent. If you have an incident that you fear may be an unwanted addition or change it would be advisable to make sure you have all the current Windows security updates and you may wish to disable Windows Scripting Host (WSH) through the add-remove programs windows set-up accessories section. Just uncheck scripting host and restart system.

    Dave
     
  4. fedup

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    Thank you for your reply. To be more specific, I went to each questionable file in history and hit properties which gave me a time and date the site was visited. I have children and when we first set our computer up my password was saved, now there are sites in history from very ugly sites. I have confronted my children on this and they absolutely deny having gone to these sites. I want to believe them and I am trying desperately to find out if there is a possible way these sites could have been added to the history section without them actually viewing these areas. The times are all in order for about a span of an hour or so, and some sites had say 2 visits listed. I hate to think my children viewed these items but I also hate to think they lied to me. Please help!!!!
     
  5. TechChick

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    They probably visited them. Everyone who uses the internet is aware of the large amount of porn on it, even kids. I wouldn't be suprised if they went to sites you don't approve of while you weren't looking. Since they were all seen within in an hour, they probably just clicked on a few just to see what the big deal is about. Is it possible that your wife visited the sites?
     
  6. fedup

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    TechChick, I am the wife and my husband was away that weekend. I know what you say is highly possible, but again I am still trying desperately to find out if there is any possible way this could have happened without it being so! Thanks!
     
  7. DoyceJ

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    Sorry fedup, someone went there. If no visitors of yours or your children were around, then I have to go with the children also. :(
     
  8. Ianthepig

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    Hi fedup, I also have kids ( 8 upto 19 ) and while surfing for Guinea Pigs of all things for my son stumbled across a porn site, by the time I had got to the p/c there were about 4 sites open and evey time he tride to close one at least 2 more opened. I dare say one of your kids mabe either stumbled onto or went looking for one and it took an hour or more to close them all ??
     
  9. kramnnim

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    If you want to keep your kids from going to porn sites, theres some blocking programs that will filter the sites that the kids go to, www.we-blocker.com has one that seems to work pretty well, it's not th greatest, but it's free, and it also makes a log of all the sites visited. You can add/removes sites from the block list, etc. Can be very annoying at times, though, when it blocks sites that really have no reason to be blocked, virtualavenue.net, for one.
     
  10. Signature

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    <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">I'm with Ianthepig.
    (Well...not literally. I mean, I agree.) :D
    When I first got on the Internet - when I first discovered wav files - when I first learned how to search and surf...I typed wavs directly into my address bar, clicked Go, and a porn page suddenly blossomed on my screen.
    Then another, and another...
    Every time I closed a window, another one or two would open, some for the very same site.
    It took me quite awhile to get out of the situation.

    And I never went looking for wavs again... :p

    I don't think that your children viewing these items and then denying it is such a terrible crime on their part.
    Kids are curious creatures.
    If they stumbled across something pornographic, I'm sure it was probably by accident, one way or another.
    Either the site just came up during an innocent search, or perhaps one of their "friends" slipped them an address to check out.

    Then - because you are their mother, and because you're obviously upset about this and they've sensed it - I'm sure they were too embarrassed to admit what really took place, no matter what their ages may be.
    I'd let it go this one time, or, I'd sit down and talk frankly with them about what may have happened.
    They might not be so embarrassed or withholding to discuss things of this nature with you in future.
    And there will be things of this nature in future...
    Things of this nature are just looming out there on the horizon...
    And honest, open communication is a very good defense against things of this nature. :)

    But perhaps I'm being a little too honest and open here...
    I hope I haven't said anything offensive.

    If you use IE, and you've had AutoComplete for Forms enabled all this time, you might try this, to clear up part of the mystery:
    Go to a search engine, such as www.yahoo.com, and type the letter A into the Search text box.
    Click the Search button for each and every item that comes up in the list, that begins with an A.
    Do the same for B, C, and so on.
    One of those searches may bring up one of the porn sites in question, then you'll know exactly how this predicament came about.</font>
     
  11. fedup

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    Thanks for the info everyone, my son admitted he was the one. He said he doesn't know how he got to the site but once it came on he couldn't close it. He would try to close and something else would come up. Whether he went there on purpose or by accident I just hate he was exposed to that. But I was under the impression he would have to had typed in the site or searched for key words to have gotten to the first site but I guess that is not the case. Well, I need to go and apologize for not believing him. Being a parent is tough sometimes!!!
     
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    <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">I can just imagine how he felt when it happened, poor guy. :(

    Being a parent is tough sometimes.
    So is being a kid.

    Just thought I would mention that www.google.com/advanced_search has a very useful SafeSearch filtering option. :)

    From www.google.com/help/customize.html#safe:</font>
     
  13. DoyceJ

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    It happens. You wouldnt believe what I came up with while researching the type of dog I was going to get my little girl. :D
     
  14. LightningBolt

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    DoyceJ: Yes, it does happen... & sometimes these "unwanted" sites happen to reset the "homepage" on your computer also.

    Signature: Very good reply.

    Fedup: Good luck with your situation & keep the communication open with your children. Let them know that they can come to you & talk with you about anything they might happen to stumble on. Good luck...
     
  15. Ianthepig

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    Hi Signature, you lke wavs too huh lol I got 250 last count lol most full song wavs too !:rolleyes:
    Kinda sad but it gives me somthin to listen to :D when I am workin
     
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