Disable or Remove Internet Access from laptop

May 25, 2010 at 09:55:05
Specs: Windows Vista, 4GB

Id like to give a laptop to my child, but would
like to make sure he cannot access the
internet from it. I realise I could password
protect the network, but this wont prevent him
from connecting to open networks. Can I
disable the wireless network adapter and set a
password on it? Or is there some other
method to do this? Thanks

See More: Disable or Remove Internet Access from laptop

Report •

May 25, 2010 at 12:49:49

Depends on how smart the kid is. It might slow him down a bit if the bios has a way to disable the wireless and onboard nic and you set a password.

He could get past that too. A $4 wireless usb nic would bring him back in business with a free live cd.

I support the 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'. A religion doesn't deny my freedom.

Report •

May 25, 2010 at 15:26:34

You can block all the traffic except few sites which is useful.. On router.Check manual for instructions. You can do this by accessing to the deafult page of your router.

Report •

May 25, 2010 at 20:05:02

Remove any network cables or removable wireless cards to prevent the computer from accessing any available networks.
If you have built-in wireless access, click on the "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click on "Network and Internet." Select the "Network and Sharing" option.
Disconnect from any available networks. Turn off "Network Discovery" to prevent the laptop from detecting available wireless connections.
Click on "Manage Network Connections" on the left of the screen. Select any networks that are displayed and press "Disable This Network Device."
Click on "Manage Wireless Connections" on the left side of the screen. Select the available networks and click to remove them. This removes the connection from your computer.

Kristain Hayes

Report •

Related Solutions

May 25, 2010 at 20:46:52

You can deactivate Internet Explorer and uninstall any other browsers. You can remove their ports through windows firewall. Very important, use an administrator password and create a limited user/password for him, and maybe another for you to use that is not admin.

My preference: To teach proper internet use with rules to follow beginning at a young age with consequences for violating the rules. Rules need to be updated as the children grow up and their usage, interests, and needs change. The rules need to include details about excluding personal information from forms and postings without specific permissions for individual exceptions. You can however set content limits with your router to prevent accidental or deliberate access to say sexual and violent content.
Remember, you cannot control their access at other computers, though you can get them into good browsing habits and rule following, which might help. You can look into seeing if your child's school or parent's association can send home advice to parents on setting parental controls on home networks.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

Report •

May 26, 2010 at 01:57:48

Some of your suggestions seem promising.

Jefro - how do I password protect the NIC using the BIOS?

Fingers - how do I disable IE and stop him from downloading a
new browser, or some other method of accessing the
internet? If I were to do that, there is always the possibility of
him installing a browser from a memory stick!

Any other ideas? Disabling the wireless card doesnt help - he
can just enable it again. Unless I can somehow put a
password on the card. Is that possible?

Report •

May 26, 2010 at 06:11:58

'Id like to give a laptop to my child, but would
like to make sure he cannot access the
internet from it.'

how old is the child and why don't you want him/her to have internet access?
This is puzzling as a child can get internet access from anywhere, school, library, friends etc on any pc....sorry, this post doesn't make too much sense to me.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

Report •

May 26, 2010 at 14:05:21

What I am suggesting is that some bios's have features. One is the ability to lock users out of it's settings. Second is choices such as disable boot from cd or boot from usb (very important) and how onboard devices are utilized. Many can disable onboard nic's with a menu selection. You'd want to disable the nic, disable any boot feature to boot to cd or usb and password protect the access to the bios.

You would also have to setup a limited user account with some restrictions too.

See if there is an owners manual in the box or online for the best answer.

Almost all bios can be booted to and some key will enter you into it. At some menu option they might call security or password or maybe some other menu a choice to enter passwords. Also there are other entries that may disable wireless. Every bios is different so I can't say but look into it and if you feel like you made a mistake then exit without saving changes. Play with the menus and sub menus until you get used to the way it is organized.

I support the 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'. A religion doesn't deny my freedom.

Report •

May 26, 2010 at 21:12:26

To disable Internet Explorer:
Start>Control Panel>Programs & Features>Turn Windows Features On and Off, then uncheck IE8.
Set up a limited user account, a second account for your access, and an administrator account. The Admin account has full access to all features and needs a strong password that cannot be guessed. Your User account will need normally full access granted by W7 and a good password so you can install new programs, uninstall programs, and do general maintenance. The limited user account needs an easy password (pet's name, etc), but will not have rights to install programs, change windows features, and can only access files saved while under that user.

I still think you are probably going about this wrong though. All children will need to be internet and computer savvy to do well in this world when they grow up, and it is best to teach them the proper way, is when they are young enough to still be willing to listen to us.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

Report •

Ask Question