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I have friends that are very bad at following directions.

I would like to allow them to use the internet from my home, however I am very tired of cleaning up Viruses and randomly downloaded games. I'm sure anyone with kids also has this type of problem.

Is there a way I can make a login that only allows access to a virtual machine (does not allow any changes to the host account?)



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migrated from Oct 25 '10 at 5:43

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How are they accessing the VM? By remote desktop or by physical console access? – Mark Henderson Oct 25 '10 at 0:46

You could use local policy on the host to lock them out. Here is a good article on Windows 7 Local User Security Policy.

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Would you care to explain what the basic steps or tools are that are used in the article? – Ivo Flipse Oct 25 '10 at 17:01

A different solution to your problem, you can use a software like Deep Freeze that will cleanse your system of its past on reboot. However, Deep Freeze is not free software and you can look into alternatives

Windows SteadyState looks promising.

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If this is a XP or Vista machine I would recommend Windows SteadyState as birukw mentions over a VM which is overkill. I used it in the past for my mothers laptop who would let anyone come over use and would just get bogged down with malware. SteadyState lets you set up a user that is very much locked down and with almost no write permissions and once they log off anything that was written is wiped. A while back Hak5 did a great Ep in which they showed up setting up a system that is locked down,

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