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Goldstar31

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I have a PC running XP Home. Trouble is I think my little brother is using it during the day. I usually wouldn't mind usually but lately the PC has had files deleted and amended. I have it switched off whilst I'm at work. My Brother says he doesn't go on it but I suspect he is!" Can I find out if he has been using my PC? Is there a log file etc I could call up?

Input greatly appreciated.
 
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Windows does have entensive logs of everything that happens while using it, so just pull up these logs in the microsoft management console
 

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Go to Control Panel > User Accounts and set a password on your account. And delete his account if you own the PC (or put a password on his account that only you know).
 
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Control Panel/Admin Tools/Event Viewer/System .

+1 to Frank4d's suggestion , though if you dont mind him using the computer create a limited account for him .
 
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Just click History and see if there are any newer sites accessed . As above a limited account should stop the culprit
 
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Copy the single line below and paste into Notepad:

echo logon %username% %computername% %date% %time% >> C:\logon.log

Save the file as logon.bat in a suitable location (say - C:\Windows), making sure the .txt extension doesn't appear in the file name.

Send a shortcut to the file to your desktop.

Open Explorer and drag or cut/paste this shortcut to:

Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

At every logon an entry will be created in the file logon.log in the root of the C:\ drive indicating the user, date and time of each logon.

If your son is computer savvy, save the file in your documents folder or somewhere he can't get at it. Also, you can edit the above batch file line from C:\logon.log to save the log file in a different location.
 

Goldstar31

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have done what Claymore suggested and caught him red handed so to speak after my return from work this morning. Again thanks all for your suggestions.
 
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