Cybersitter

Cybersitter


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.0
out of 27 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9
File Size:
2.37MB
Date Added:
November 16, 2003
Price:
Free to try (10-day trial); $39.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
63,711
Downloads Last Week:
17
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

This application offers fairly decent parental filters for online access, but some competitive features are overlooked. Cybersitter only works with Internet Explorer and Netscape to block access to objectionable material on the Web, P2P file sharing, FTP sites, instant messages, and if necessary, all access to the Internet. You can configure the program to use Cybersitter's search engine and schedule allowable access times. The program filters search attempts and Web sites according to a default list or user-defined keywords. You'll also appreciate the blacklist that effectively shuns both URLs and phrases listed. What's more, it includes a whitelist of sorts, with one simple click, the only sites accessible are the ones you've specified. Though you won't find application blocking, screen captures, or a full keylogger feature, Cybersitter can log chats, sites visited, and any violation attempts, all of which can be sent to your e-mail. Its user-friendly interface is password-protected though the 10-day trial disables this feature. While it isn't exactly feature-rich, this software will provide parents a fractional set of parental-control tools.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.0

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 17
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 17
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  • 1 stars

    "System hog!"

    January 10, 2011   |   By shirley2828

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    Actually none.

    Cons

    This is a system hog, it slowed down my computer significantly.

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  • 1 stars

    "Waste of money - not compatible with Win7"

    November 13, 2010   |   By PAH2323

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    Nice user interface

    Cons

    Not compatible with win7 despite what they say - MS IE redirects don't work and support told me to use Firefox ... what? So, when it blocks, you have no idea unless you go sifting through the access log.

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  • 1 stars

    "Cybersitter isnt what it's supposed to be - BE CAREFUL!"

    January 19, 2010   |   By kjmays

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    great on older systems..loved it. did what it was supposed to do.

    Cons

    the product DOES NOT function as advertised on systems with newer operating systems. the company doesnt support problems when they come up. they quit responding to support requests when they cannot make the product work. know that before you buy!!

    Summary

    Product does not work on newer systems as advertised.
    The promised functionality is inaccurate.
    Company does not respond to support requests after they realize that there is a problem that they cannot fix.
    Company wont give you a refund even though the product is DEFECTIVE.

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  • 1 stars

    "This is a very invasive piece of software"

    May 07, 2009   |   By Dreamphile

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    The pros to this software... im sorry there are none.

    Cons

    the software scans your coputer and sends the following information to the company:
    DNS-IP = your location ip address
    MAC Address = your physical computer identifier
    Entire IE history = all cashed sites visited
    full system specs
    win32.ini file

    Summary

    Do not install this unless you want to compromise your security and generally f#$% up your computer

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  • 1 stars

    "Jr. Varsity, not ready for the savy web sites"

    December 29, 2008   |   By blisstate

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    If I have to say something good... I guess the logo is cool

    Cons

    full of bugs and crashes but cybersitter charges for lost passwords and fixes in upgrades.

    Summary

    Frankly, I find the software blocks to many of the good sites, allows to many of the bad through and they charge for every little thing and customer service is lacking.

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  • 1 stars

    "Stay away from this product!!! System destabilizer!!!"

    December 23, 2008   |   By Wisdom1223

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    Good filtering options

    Cons

    Oh how I miss my stable system... Win XP, Firefox, IE 6, AOL 9.0, windows explorer, games, pretty much EVERYTHING has been crashing since I installed this software. And not just one crash every now and then... Consistant program inhibiting crashes!

    Summary

    I don't know how they can sell this product with a clean concience? Did they do ANY testing on it??? Yes it has a lot of features, but it has an equal if not greater amount of BUGS. I wasted $40 on this software and I hope you do not do the same...

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  • 1 stars

    "STAY AWAY FROM THIS PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!"

    November 30, 2008   |   By userunknown55

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    The product can be easily removed/disabled when you find out all of the cons.
    Also, I couldn't fully install it anyways.

    Cons

    This program is DANGEROUS and will easily completely screw up your computer If you don't completely install it (like I did)!!

    Summary

    I'll tell you about my experience with the program:

    When I tried to install the software, the installer program froze up and I had no choice but to forcibly terminate it in the process of installation (the X was grayed out). So, I terminated the installer's (or should I say computer destroyer's) wretched process and restarted my computer. The when I logged in, I was (at least partially) surprised to find my computer a wreck!! All I saw was the desktop background for about 10 minutes, then a message from cyber sitter saying that 'some components are not fully working, try enabling them' or something to that effect. My internet had 'little to no connectivity' and no matter what, I couldn't fix it. I at last resorted to System Restore (something Microsoft HAS actually done good with) and restored my computer with it (worked like a charm).

    DON'T USE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Updated on Nov 30, 2008

    STAY AWAY!

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  • 1 stars

    "Run, don't walk away from Cyber sitter"

    May 22, 2008   |   By rhs2362

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    I like nothing from Cybersitter, nothin.

    Cons

    It installs in a minute without telling you how it potentially locks up your PC with conflicts with Norton's antivius. It slows everything down to a crawl. They give you no uninstall feature and won't help you when you call to unistall.

    Once you load it, it is on for good and you have to format your hard drive to start over.

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  • 1 stars

    "Cyber killer"

    September 01, 2007   |   By ironcaster1

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    It does block web sites

    Cons

    This program blocks porn and other sites but will cause your computer to run very slow. It also causes Firefox to crash every time. It will also prevent you from using itunes.

    do not install this onto your computer!

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  • 1 stars

    "Constant crashes of IE"

    May 26, 2007   |   By Chrono13

    Version: Cybersitter 9

    Pros

    It blocks some things.

    Cons

    It doesn't block easy to access porn sites and others it is told to block.

    Much worse, it blocks portal sites like MSN.com, Yahoo.com and others based on their changing content (about 50 percent of the time). Blocks most webmail access dispite being whitelisted. Worse yet, is that sites with heavy use of Javascript, like airline reservation sites, cause Cyber to randomly block the page or crash IE. XP Pro, two computers have the same problems. Even with different builds and hours of work attempting to white-list these sites, it still blocks and crashes on them.

    Why anyone would use, much less pay for this software is beyond me. Worthless!

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