Parental Controls: Activity Report: Deleted Web-Sites Visited?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by DigitalDad, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. DigitalDad

    DigitalDad Guest

    I have parental controls setup with Activity Reporting activated. For a
    couple of weeks, this worked fine, but I recently noticed that the Web
    Browsing section has been cleared out (Top 10 Web Sites visited, etc). What
    causes this (when a user deleted browsing history from IE, does this wipe out
    the data from Parental Controls tracking as well)? Any way to keep it from
    being cleared out (what program would you block access to to prevent the
    deletion of browsing history in IE)?
     
    DigitalDad, Nov 5, 2007
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  2. I haven't been able to re-create what you are describing?

    If Parental Controls are enabled for a user account, the activity report is
    a completely separate entity from the browsing history. Deleting the
    browsing history has no effect on what is already logged in the activity
    report. Even disabling / re-enabling parental controls doesn't clear the
    activity log?

    Is there any other action that may have been performed that would effect
    this, such as a recent system restore, or......?

    In the Activity Viewer check the sections in the General System menu. This
    will log any changes made to settings that might possibly effect the logs.

    Right after the initial Vista release, we performed some extensive testing,
    trying to find a way for a standard user to override the parental control
    settings and we were not able to find any way to accomplish this.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 5, 2007
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  3. DD

    OK, I just came across some of my notes when we were testing this last year.
    Here are some things I had forgotten.

    The Parental Control Activity Reports are generated in the Event Viewer.

    Press the WINKEY+R and type eventvwr.exe and click OK. This will open the
    Event Viewer.
    Navigate to the following location:
    Applications and Services logs/Microsoft/Windows/Parental
    Controls/Operational.

    You will see all of the activity for the Parental Controls there. They
    appear very cryptic, but the activity report component extracts the
    important parts and displays them in plain language.

    The important thing is that if you clear this log in the event viewer, this
    also clears the activity report in Parental Controls. (Right click
    Operational and select Clear Log)
    Also, the event viewer component depends on the 'Event Log Service' and the
    'Windows Event Collector service' to function properly. Make sure that these
    services are running and set to Automatic in the Services component.

    There are also some optional settings if you right click the Operational
    item and select Properties. You can set the maximum size for the log and
    other options in that dialog.

    Of course all of these components require administrator privilege access.
    Makw sure that you are using a strong password for your admin account.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 6, 2007
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  4. Clearing the browsing history does not erase Parental control data. The Parental control info is stored in the event logs. Did you clear the logs lately?

    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/155/1/

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    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    I have parental controls setup with Activity Reporting activated. For a
    couple of weeks, this worked fine, but I recently noticed that the Web
    Browsing section has been cleared out (Top 10 Web Sites visited, etc). What
    causes this (when a user deleted browsing history from IE, does this wipe out
    the data from Parental Controls tracking as well)? Any way to keep it from
    being cleared out (what program would you block access to to prevent the
    deletion of browsing history in IE)?
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Nov 6, 2007
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