Aimed at IT administrators, this program blocks access to folders, applications, devices, and more. Despite the focus on more experienced users, NetSupport Protect was very easy to use. There's an extensive and well-written Help file, but we didn't have any trouble understanding and using this effective program.
The interface holds quite a few options, but it's well-organized and easy to understand. Protection is broken down into six areas, including folders, system, application, and network. Most protection is set by simply clicking on an option, and the labels for each are simple and easy to understand. When disabled, options have a red "X" and when enabled are marked by a green check mark. One click implements protection for selected areas immediately.
NetSupport Protect can easily remove access to the Control Panel, RegEdit, Recycle Bin, and other system areas. It can also prevent users from installing programs, renaming folders, and running programs from removable media. If you don't find an application or folder on the block list, it's easy to add your own.
Password protection is available for the administrator. You can easily select users you want to exempt from the program's protection; a bonus if you need some users to have more freedom and flexibility.
If you share a multiuser computer and want to prevent access to key system areas and prevent unwanted changes, this easy-to-use and effective program is definitely worth a try.
NetSupport Protect provides a secure, reliable, and productive computer environment. With its extensive list of security features and intuitive format, IT administrators can use NetSupport Protect to guarantee that users are getting the most beneficial use of their computing experience, while safeguarding both the configuration and content on their systems. NetSupport Protect prevents users from deleting critical files and applications, making unauthorized changes to the desktop, saving or using unauthorized programs and harming the operating system. With NetSupport Protect, you can feel confident that unauthorized changes to a system, whether accidental or malicious, will not become an issue or impact on the productivity of your office PCs or computer lab. Key Features include : Prevent copying, deletion and renaming of files and folders. Hide folders and restrict creation of defined file types. Restrict changes to the desktop, taskbar and system settings. Restrict shutdown, logoff, lock and password changes. Protect the operating system and computer settings. Lock control panels, task manager, command prompt and registry. Restrict user-defined applications from running. Restrict available network drives, drive mappings and network neighbourhood. Prevent access to windows systems tools. Prevent web browsers from running. Restrict creation and deletion of system printers. Control access to USB and CD/DVD devices. Either disable USB storage devices, allow read only or prevent application launch. Prevent users from installing unauthorized software. Apply policies to all users, or exclude specified accounts. Share security configurations across a network. Centrally deploy NetSupport Protect across your LAN/WAN to all computers. Centrally manage and update security configurations. Integrated roll back and recovery technology.
What's new in this version:
Version 2.0 includes enhanced support for Windows 7 including disk roll back and restore.