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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?)

Thanks,

-Eric

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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

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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 http://alternativeto.net/software/deep-freeze/

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, http://www.hak5.org/episodes/episode-411.

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