In this section you can set (optional) restrictions for your Windows system. However, these settings are not relevant for internal security. So it is not necessary to lock the task manager explicitly. Even an admin user cannot terminate the Child Control processes in Windows via the task manager. The restrictions in detail:



Disable Command Prompt

Prevents access to MS-DOS and the command prompt. Also, pure DOS programs or batch files from Windows are no longer executable. Choose this point as well if you want absolute system security.

 

Disable Registry Editor

Prevents calling the Registry Editor (REGEDIT). Since Child Control also stores some of your data directly in the Windows registry, this setting significantly increases your system security.

 

Disable Control Panel

Access to the Control Panel via the Start menu (Settings) is denied to the respective user. This means that the user can no longer uninstall software, add Windows components via the Control Panel, and much more.

 

Disable Start/Run

If you select this restriction, the user will no longer be able to call programs directly from the command line. It is also no longer possible to call them directly in the Explorer or via the Task Manager. Of course, the user can still execute the corresponding file via the Explorer (but he has to click through...)

 

Disable Start/Find

Hides the start menu entry "Search" from the start menu and from various other Windows dialogs. This means that a direct search for files or modification data is no longer possible.

 

Disable Windows Task Manager

This setting locks the task manager for the user. It is no longer possible to use STR-ALT-ENTF to terminate programs or shoot down tasks. You should choose this restriction if you think that the parental control has been "tricked".

 

Disable Date/Time Settings

Blocks access to the Windows system clock. Please note: Changing the clock in the BIOS is still possible. For security reasons, you should therefore assign a password to the BIOS. ATTENTION: This setting is only active for the respective user after a restart or complete logout (not user change).

 

Disable Lock Workstation (Pause)

Prevents calling the Windows lock screen via the key combination WINDOWS + L and via the context menu of the info module (right click on the clock icon of the parental control) in the task bar.

 

No icon in in the taskbar

If this setting is selected, the user will not be shown any hints and will not be able to see for himself how much time is left for him. The icon in the taskbar is also not visible. If an unwanted internet page is called, the user will not receive a hint, the page will simply not be loaded (or the browser reports a "page not found" error). This setting is suitable for completely "camouflaging" Child Control.

 

Hide drives

This area displays all active drives (including active network connections) on your computer. Select any drive to hide it in the Explorer. But be careful: The drive will only be hidden and will not be shown in the drive selection, but direct access is still possible.

 

Tips for unwanted drive starts:

Let's assume you want to prevent starts from the CD-ROM drive (e.g. games). Simply select the allowed programs in the Programs section. In addition, select the button "Allow only these programs" and a CD-ROM game will no longer be able to start. To get a better overview of which programs you should and should not allow, simply install the parental control once for 2-3 weeks without any restrictions. In the log you can see exactly which files your child(ren) has run and which not. You can then easily decide what should be allowed and what not. More information about this in the Programs section.

 

What to do in case of problems?

In some cases, not all security settings can be set for the respective user. This happens especially when the Windows user profile is in use or does not exist yet. In this case an error message appears in the above section. Therefore, please make sure that any newly created user has been logged into Windows at least once. Problems can also be caused if the corresponding user is logged into Windows "in parallel". This happens if you have selected "Change user" instead of "Log off" in Windows. In very rare cases it can also be a defective Windows user profile. In this (rare) case you can proceed as follows: Temporarily make the corresponding user a computer administrator in the Windows Control Panel. Restart the computer completely and log in with the user name with which it did not work. After logging on, call up Parental Control in this user account itself and set the restrictions in this tab. Then log out and log in again with your account and reset the administrator status if necessary.