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Check Your PC for Inappropriate Content


How do I look for questionable material on my computer?


This question was answered on August 5, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There are a couple of steps you can take to see where your computer’s been without installing monitoring software Here’s how to check for inappropriate content:

For Windows XP users

1 Open the Start menu and click Search.

2 Go to View and click Thumbnails.

3 Click Use Advanced Search and check the boxes marked Pictures, Photos and Videos.

4 Click on More Advanced Options.

5 Open the Look In drop-down menu and choose Local Hard Drives.

6 Check the following boxes: Search System Folders, Search Hidden Files and Folders, and Search Sub-Folders.

7 Click the Search button to begin the scan.

For Windows 98 users

1 Open the Start menu and click Find.

2 Type the following into the search field: *.jpg *.gif

3 Open the Look In drop-down menu and choose My Computer.

4 Check the box labeled Include Sub-folders.

5 Click the Find Now button to begin the scan.

The search may take several minutes based on many factors, including your processor, hard drive, and the shear number of files on your computer Eventually, you’ll end up with a list of every picture and video file stored on the computer… brace yourself for what you might find.

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on August 5, 2005