Re child protection software kidswatch

  1. Posts : 1,334
    windows 10 PRO

    Re child protection software kidswatch

    I have kidswatch, pc security software to protect my 15 year old.

    he has managed to disable it twice now.....the first time he told me he deleted a registry key with regedit...I have now disabled this in windows from my admin account ( he has a basic account)

    again in he has disabled kidswatch....I suspect he has a keylogger installed, from when he previously had admin privileges....I plan to run some rootkit and keylogger detector software...hopefully can remove it.

    i assume there is no way for me to change my admin password if the keyboard is being monitored.

    any help would be appreciated
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  2. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Does his own account have admin level access? If so you might wish to create a more restricted account with no admin level. I would create a new restricted account, make sure the password is fairly long and unguessable. Use this password generator if you wish. Then remove the old account that has admin access. You may loose personal files if you delete this account, so backup first.

    I don't wish to tell you how to be a parent but you do need to lay down a few ground rules, one of wish is not circumventing the protection which is there for his own protection. Any circumvention should incur punishment to do with the computer. I know kids that age are just starting out learning and its all very exciting, but there has to be limits.
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  3. Posts : 5,201
    Windows 11 Home

    For starters, you should use a password for BIOS and preset it boot from HDD only.
    He could simply boot Windows USB and change registry or use superadmin account.
    Then again, resetting BIOS is easy, depending on his skills, so even that might not work.

    In addition, you should use a parent DNS service on a router and in Windows settings as well, as long as it is password protected. It blocks adult webpages, but also proxy, which could be used to bypass it. Norton and OpenDNS provide basic servers, but you can also create a free account at OpenDNS and add more filters.

    Home Internet Security | OpenDNS

    Norton ConnectSafe
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  4. Posts : 1,334
    windows 10 PRO
    Thread Starter

    Had a look at the first option, this I assume can easily be disabled with the router reset button...the norton offering does not offer time based restriction, which is essential
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  5. Posts : 5,201
    Windows 11 Home

    Well router can be bypassed anyway, You can use NetSetMan to change DNS within Windows and change it on the fly, based on logon, setup a script or a scheduled task to change it when needed, etc.
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  6. Posts : 1,334
    windows 10 PRO
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, but this a bit beyond there a way of changing my admin account password that a key logger wouldn't see
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