Have you ever asked yourself how much time other users are spending on your computer? Maybe you are a parent and want to check on the computer usage of your kids, maybe you want to check on the WOW addiction of your husband or simply know if someone logged into the computer without your authorization.
Access Monitor is logging every login and logout giving administrators the chance to check the logs to see which users did use the computer. The tool has to be run on startup to log the user system access and can be password protected to make sure no one but the administrator can view the log files.
The icon can be hidden from "normal" users but the process is still visible in the task manager which means it it at least possible to see that it is running and find out what it is being used for.
The logs can be printed and cleared at any time. The bar at the bottom defines the number of log entries that are stored.
Update: Please note that the program is no longer available on the Internet. While the program homepage is still there, the link that is pointing to the download is no longer working which means that there is no option to download and use the software anymore at this point in time.
While not as comfortable to use, I suggest you take a look in the Windows Event viewer instead to see user logins and logouts on the system. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and enter Event viewer to load the system tool.
Switch to Windows Logs > System and locate Winlogon events under source. You can alternatively use the built-in search option to find these events easily.
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