Features

  • All versions of Windows supported with exception of Windows 95 (some restrictions under Windows 98 and Windows Millennium).
  • Programs monitored through a specialized service and a driver (a VXD under Windows 98). No application is required to run permanently in order to enforce the scheduling rules. Just setup and forget.
  • Monitors access to the Internet the same way it monitors applications (time slots, global allowance).
  • Configuration program protected by a password.
  • Permitted time slots and daily global time allowances can be set by user and by program.
  • Non authorized users cannot open a Windows session.
  • Windows itself can be restricted.
  • Possibility to add a temporary bonus.
  • Configurable warnings before shutdown of a program, of the Internet connection or of a Windows session.
  • <"Prototype" feature allowing to setup a scheduling model that can be then applied to any program or user.
  • Multiple selection modes available when specifying a program that should be monitored (from Start Programs menu, by window, from running process list, by executable name).
  • Usage report.
  • System time monitoring and locking.
  • Simple user interface.
  • Protection against program renaming, program moving or program re-installation.
  • Protection against tampering.
  • Protection against external programs.
  • Special rights granted to the PC TimeWatch Manager in order to avoid locked down systems.

Security

PC TimeWatch is the most secure program of its kind - virtually unbreakable - while offering a user-friendly interface that makes accessing this power easy.

PC TimeWatch uses the Windows accounts to identify users (except for access to the PC TimeWatch Management Utility). The consequence of this design choice is twofold: it is much harder to bypass the scheduling rules than with other similar programs and the user interface is much simpler. No new userid or new password to learn.

PC TimeWatch doesn't change anything to the system configuration. It is a standalone service not affecting the system settings or performance in any way. In other words, it's a no-brainer.

Ease of use

PC TimeWatch is based on a service and on a set of drivers. This means that you don't have to run an application permanently or to add a program to the Startup folder of the monitored users. You run the PC TimeWatch Management Utility to setup scheduling rules for each user, then you close the program and you forget it.

Unlike other similar utilities, renaming or moving an executable doesn't prevent PC TimeWatch from monitoring that program unless a new version of the executable is installed. Installing the same version of a program, even in a different folder, doesn't bypass PC TimeWatch's control.