PC Screen Watcher

"School districts around the USA report that many children arrive at school sleep deprived. Tired children sometimes experience falling grades and can perform poorly on tests. Staying up late to play online games, chatting with friends or simply surfing the web, sometimes until the wee hours of the morning, have caused more and more children to experience sleep deprivation. Frequently, parents are unaware of their child's bedtime antics..." -- PC Magazine

PC Screen Watcher is a Windows application to monitor and track activities on a computer such as keyboard and mouse input, and control the usage of some applications like games. Designed primarily as a parental control tool, PC Screen Watcher offers a lot of options for customization to meet your needs.

Download it and try it out. It's free.

Feature Highlights

PC Screen Watcher has a rich set of features. Here are a few highlights.
  • It can limit the application usage based on your settings (e.g. no games between Mondays and Thursdays, but up to 2 hour games per day on weekends) and it will block the app when the limit is reached.
  • It can send all logs like key input and active windows and their usage (total and active time on each Window) to configured email addresses. 
  • It can capture screenshots of active windows on certain intervals and optionally attach to email.
  • It can automatically hibernate or shutdown the computer when it is idle for some time.
  • It can run automatically on Windows startup and once started, it cannot be killed from task manager by anybody, even the administrator.
  • It is password protected for changing Options or Exit the app, but time usage can be viewed by any user.
  • It provides an easy configuration of restriction rules on Windows based on Windows title.
PC Screen Watcher doesn't normally have a GUI element except an icon  on the taskbar to provide a few context-sensitive menus (right click menus), e.g. to allow you to access its options, to exit it, or to check the time usage. However, you can configure it to hide the icon so that it becomes completely invisible to normal users - you need to configure global shortcut keys to control it.

Why You Need It?

PC Screen Watcher is initially created for our own needs.
  • Did you ever wonder if your kids are secretly playing games in the middle of the night while you are sleeping?
  • Did you ever wonder whom your kids are chatting with online?
  • Did you ever wonder how to limit your kids' game time effectively?
  • Did you ever wonder if anybody is using your computer on your absence in a shared environment?
  • Or maybe you simply want to spy on a computer?
If you answer any of those questions yes, then PC Screen Watcher might be useful to you.

Where to install PC Screen Watcher?

If you are monitoring a young child, it is easy and safe to install PC Screen Watcher in any account. It probably doesn't matter if you share the same account with the child or not.

If you are monitoring a teenage (or more advanced users), it is getting a little tricky because he/she may try everything to kill or stop it. First, you probably need to convince him/her to allow you to install PC Screen Watcher on his/her computer. Then, you have to create a standard type (not administrator type!) account for him/her to use. You have to install PC Screen Watcher from an administrator account though.

Actually, even in administrator role, PC Screen Watcher cannot be killed from Windows task manager. The only problem is that as an administrator there is a way to stop PC Screen Watcher from restarted automatically when Windows restarts - This is the only reason you should not give your child administrator user account.

How do I get started after installation?

After installation, let it launch automatically. You should see an icon appearing in the Task Bar. Right click the icon and select 'Options' menu. A login dialog will show up. Default password is empty. It is probably a good idea to change the password first.

There are four tabs in the Options window. Most of the default settings should work without change. However, if you want to get email notification, you have to configure email settings properly.

Restricted Windows is the main focus of your configuration. The default settings serve as a guide for your customization. It may take some time to get proper settings. We suggest you to let it run and look at logs (specially the windows activies log) to see which Windows you want to control.

After setup the options, reboot your computer to make it take effect for all users (log out and in again would work for that user too).