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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by nancy123, Jan 28, 2000.

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  1. nancy123

    nancy123 Thread Starter

    Nov 22, 1999
    probably a stupid question and not possible, but you guys have also had a solution in the past for my dilemma's.

    i have win 95, netscape communicator 4.7.

    is there any way to prevent a teenager from downloading onto my computer when he is on the internet.

    i don't want to deny him access, i just don't want him to download anything onto my hard drive. (he messed the whole computer up last time!).

    thanks for any advise.
  2. sickly


    Jan 7, 2000
    I'm not an expert, but I think the first step would just be telling him that you don't want him downloading things to the hard drive without permission because it can introduce viruses and take up valuable hard disk space.

    That probably won't stop the downloading unless you provide another option. Get a zip drive or other high-capacity drive, give him a pile of zip disks, and tell him to download his stuff on those instead of to the hard drive.

    Just my opinion. Anyone else have any other ideas?
  3. Paul Nagel

    Paul Nagel

    Sep 19, 1999
    There is a setting in Security that prevents downloading of files. Go to Start>Settings>Control Panel and select Internet Options. Select the Security Tab and Custom Level. Part way down the Security Level page is a section marked Downloads which has the option of Enable/Disable file downloads.
  4. NormanSmiley


    Mar 25, 1999
    If he knows what he is doing, he could always change those settings to allow downloads, though.

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  5. Bryan


    Jul 3, 1999
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    Those security settings don't stop a download from Netscape. Only IE. I also thought they may so I tried it and it didn't stop Netscape from downloading a file.

    [This message has been edited by bhesson (edited 01-28-2000).]
  6. Reuel Miller

    Reuel Miller

    Feb 17, 1999

    I know this is not going to help you now, but if you had Windows NT installed, you could give him his own Account that he could log in with, and using NT's files system (NTFS), you could deny his ability to write to the HD [​IMG]

    This would definately stop him from downloading files, and installing them.

    What can I say, NT rules!


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