I have two boys, ages 11 and 9 who, despite past punishment and dire threats have continued to download silly games, toolbars, etc., onto their desktop computer. Last night I spent over 2 hours in Safe mode running Anti-Maleware and SuperAntiSpyware. Found and (supposedly) got rid of many trojans, adware, and at least one worm. It's still not behaving right.
My question, without getting into a discussion of whether they should even BE allowed to have a computer (which my wife and I are also discussing) is:
Is there a way, without shelling out money for specialized software, to prevent them from downloading games, toolbars, etc.? I still want the computer to be able to download images for webpages, Windows Updates, etc. I just don't want them to be able to manually download anything.
The kids' computer runs Windows XP SP3 (I know, I know... but it only has 512 Mb of RAM).