protect main users profile - Windows 7

August 25, 2018 at 07:03:37
Specs: Windows 7, P4 2.6GHZ/PC3200 1.5gig
Hi all,
My wife and granddaughter use the same computer; but occasionally, after my granddaughter has used it, things are messed up, and I have to restore to a previous time or ???. Would setting the computer up with two profiles, one that I don't want messed up, and another that my granddaughter can use, protect the one I want to protect?
If so, how should I go about this, or some other means?
Thanks,
.... john

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#1
August 25, 2018 at 07:39:43
What exactly gets "messed up"? What security software are you using? A 2nd profile for your grand daughter should protect the primary profile, but it won't protect the system from being infected. If you do setup a 2nd profile, you can limit what can be done with it. Just make sure to change the password for the primary proflie or she'll just use that.

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#2
August 25, 2018 at 12:51:38
There are many ways to add user accounts to Windows 7. This link shows you how to do so the easiest way: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tu... The fastest way is to open a Command Prompt as Administrator, and run the following:
net user /add "GranddaughtersName"

You should create a "standard" user account, and that'll limit what the account can do. Add a password to your account, to keep your granddaughter in her account, and she can only impact her profile. If her account gets messed up, move anything she wants to save out of her user folder, and delete the profile (not the account). That will effectively reset her account to how it was when you originally created it.

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#3
August 25, 2018 at 21:05:39
You can also use parental controls (if young) on her account to protect her.

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#4
August 26, 2018 at 05:02:49
Get your granddaughter a tablet and of your PC.

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#5
August 26, 2018 at 06:26:17
Hi riider,
What got messed up? Well, that's a good question. The computer suggested I revert to an early installation, and that fixed it. But I've had problems in the past with her using it, so ..... What security do I have? Just what windows 7 provides. A Malwarebytes scan didn't turn up anything. I'm thinking now, that some sort of browser restrictions (on Firefox) may be the solution. Perhaps she has (inadvertently) installed something that caused this problems; but I honestly don't know. Maybe NoScript would solve the problem??
Hi Razor,
Yes. Thanks for the suggestions. If I go the account root, those suggestion will help.
Hi Fingers,
Yes, thanks.
Hi sluc,
"Get your granddaughter a tablet and of your PC." Ah yes, if only it were that simple. Thanks.
..... john

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#6
August 26, 2018 at 10:41:47
Windows 7 doesn't have built-in virus protection, it has Windows Defender which is for spyware only.

Try running AdwCleaner & see if it finds anything: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...

Then install one of the freebie anti-virus programs. I'm a fan of BitDefender Free Edition but others here may suggest differently. https://www.digitaltrends.com/compu...

I also suggest you install CCleaner-Slim & run it regularly to clear out accumulated internet garbage. You can also use it to uninstall programs & manage your startup apps.
https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/b...


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#7
August 26, 2018 at 16:26:21
As mentioned, a user account will offer some protection because it requires you to enter your password to allow a program install (so change your current password) and parental controls will offer some restriction on the type of content viewed. The other scanning and cleaning suggestions have merit and when used regularly will also help.
I also suggest making a full disk image onto an external hard drive and burn a Windows 7 Repair Disk (also from within the back up section) which will allow you to do Start Up Repairs, System Restores (when the built in system restore does not work or you cannot boot), and reimage the entire hard drive from the saved drive image. If you also have regular back ups you can bring it back up to date after that.

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#8
August 27, 2018 at 19:36:15
Thanks Fingers. I'll do the backup.
.... john

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