SentryPC 2.22

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Category: Internet / Remote Computing
Publisher / Version: Spytech / 2.22
Added / Released: 26 May 2008 / 25 May 2008
License / Cost: Shareware / 49.95$
File Size / Downloads: 2.9 MB / 94
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista Ultimate, Vista Starter, Vista Home Premium, Vista Home Basic, Vista Enterprise, Vista Business, NT, Me, 98, 95, 2003, 2000, Windows Vista Home Basic x64,Windows Vista Home Premium x64,Windows Vista Business x64,Windows Vista Enterprise x64,Windows Vista Ultimate x64
Spytech SentryPC Secure Filtering, Monitoring, and Access Control
SentryPC enables you to control, restrict and record access and usage of your PC. You can control how long, and when users are allowed to use the computer, prevent the use of specific programs, block access to certain websites, restrict access to Windows functions, and more. In addition to access control, the program can also record all user activities, including keystrokes, website visits, applications ran, chats and more. SentryPC is perfect for parents wanting to protect their children, or employers wanting to control employee activities.

Complete Time Management
Application Scheduling and Filtering
Website Scheduling and Filtering
Chat Filtering
Keystroke Filtering
Easy to Read Activity Reports
Powerful Security Features

Logs Keystrokes Typed
Logs Application Usage
Logs Website Visits
Logs Chat Conversations
Logs Windows Viewed
Receive Activity Logs via Email
Stops Unwanted Computer Usage

Requirements: 10M free space

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Support Languages: English
Install Support: Install and Uninstall

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Pros: This one has a load of feats promised:
-detailed time control
-http filltering with white-list (exclusively allowed sites)
-uses existing windows users doesn't need a special "sentrypc" user
-administrator can (mostly) assist user within session

Cons: -time usage doesn't reset automatically (bug), nor it is settable manually through interface
-logs, settings and counters are open text, RW accessible to ANY user that knows its location
-CPU hog 100% usage if multiple users are logged in.

Summary: And, yes I'm talking about v2.20. But I dare you to find out what is the update to 2.22 about. The list of cons could go on. The time reset bug is supposedly due to my non US regional setting. This software uses the trick of locking the mouse intom the frame of the SentryPC console window, when user is locked out, but only on primary monitor, so that even the administrator has hard time wrestling the PC out of its grip. An utterly annoying and useless feature. A nightmare for us owners of dual monitor setups.

Testing with the demo version doesn't reveal its real problems, because they are mostly time dependent. The demo is cleverly limited to 1h of usage.

Worst of it all: customer support. They were quite active a few first day to extract a positive opinion. After pointing out a couple of screaming bugs I got the usual redirection to the manual. After I told them the manual does not reflect reality, I was apparently put on ignore list. I am a software designer myself and I can tell you, these people don't have a clue.

Yet, I wonder, how in the world did they manage to put together such a nice list of features-to-be? The reality check is disappointing and extremely so.
Nov 14, 2008
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