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Golden Filter Premium

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Golden Filter Premium v3.0 Safe Internet browsing filter is categorized as Parental Control freeware, and its installer and setup wizard depict shocked children viewing a computer screen. But its developer, Gsi Egypt, points out companies, universities, coffee shops, and other places can use it "for controlling computers and Internet from preventing adults from watching inappropriate content." It's designed to be hidden from users in daily operation, and it can't be uninstalled except from inside the software.

Despite an army of red flags, we downloaded and installed Golden Filter Premium. We're glad we found out before running Golden Filter that users must press F10 to show the program's interface and F9 to hide it again, and also that the default password is "admin," which we nevertheless had some trouble getting the program to accept. The user interface finally opened: Golden Filter Premium Beta. But we thought this was Version 3.0, and Safe with a capital "S"? We finally accessed the settings. The program asked if we wanted to see the list of restricted words. Did we! Uh oh; "passion"? "Swear"? "Adult"? Really; the word "adult"? And what on earth are those weird character strings? While there's little doubt most of the list is inappropriate for children or for adult citizens of certain countries, we sensed a bit of the overly restrictive hand found in some parts of the world. But you can add or delete items on the list as well as import or create your own list, so most objections about overly strict filtering can be addressed, with some effort. We could add restricted Web sites and even restricted programs, which prevents the wee ones from accessing certain apps without permission. We could even program time restrictions, enabling and disabling access on schedule. A hidden folders tool let us hide selected files and folders from view. The screenshot video tool is especially interesting; it creates a video of all screen activity when the feature is enabled. You can save the video to a hidden destination and watch it to see just what went on when you were away.

Golden Filter Premium certainly offers an array of stealthy tools for blocking and monitoring various activities on a secured PC. If you thought that governments, businesses, and hackers weren't following your every move, take a look at these "parental controls."

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  • All versions:

    3.0 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1.0 stars

    "It took me 5 month to figure out how to uninstall this"

    April 1, 2014  |   By Midobu

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    All I wanted was to block unwanted ads pop up screen.

    Cons

    Can not uninstall it unless uninstall from its own user setting which is already hidden from user. You need to learn how to use this software otherwise this will turn into a nasty software itself. When you browse any website containing certain words, after a short beep sound, it will force quit a tab browser. Uninstalling using control panel by "remove programming" won't resolve this problem. You need to open its own setup menu by using key Function + f10 then type "admin" to access its own setting. Then there is an icon to the left within its menu screen that let you uninstall this software completely. If you need to learn how to use this software, go search "how to hide splash screen GSI" at google search.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good but with a medium - large problem."

    March 25, 2014  |   By Orcashki

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    Works really well, as it should.
    It is cleverly hidden and can`t really delete it, except entering to it with the short cut and password.
    Blocks any word you specifically enter to the restricted word list.

    Cons

    - Can`t really block images and adult/bad games.
    - But the biggest problem is bypassing the whole security of GFP v3.1 with just entering the restricted word or site on Google Chrome (for me) and quickly holding the "alt" button on the keyboard.
    BTW I`m using OS windows 7 starter.

    Summary

    All in all a great program but with a lot of improvements.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Free, easy to use but without time limitation!"

    December 3, 2013  |   By Andreas_Th

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    Fast, works with IE10 on Windows 7

    Cons

    Can not limit PC, internet by time..., at all :(
    Can not blocks bad games, progrs, as in Safe Eyes or Time Boss...
    Parental control without time restrictions?

    Summary

    I'd recommend you to use programm with many features...

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  • 4.0 stars

    ""Great Software ""

    October 1, 2013  |   By jasonhad411

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    Allows you to monitor, control all the user activity on system and internet for preventing users from watching inappropriate content.

    Cons

    Sometimes fail to work on Windows 7

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  • 5.0 stars

    "thank u for ur great effort"

    September 25, 2013  |   By ahmedelmisery

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    please update a new version separating the pc time from the internet time

    Cons

    to allow us to work on pc with out using internet

    Summary

    great at all thank u :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "iam going to uninstall this"

    September 10, 2012  |   By Bassem12345

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    it blocks porn

    Cons

    it doesnt block hentai, go to any hentai site and you'll see for yourself + it closes firefox or the tap when you access a porn website instead of giving a message or blocking the website without closing

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless, confusing"

    May 19, 2012  |   By serega0706

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    Very few: light, hidden.

    Cons

    1. No preset filtering - allowed sites with word "porno" in site's name to open.
    2. As hard as I tried I could not add sites to restricted list (by default it is empty). BTY I am an advanced user.
    3. Time restriction shuts down the whole computer - not Internet access!
    4. Help file written in English words but not in English language.
    5. Interface window is totally confusing.

    Summary

    One of the worst programs I tried.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No CPU overload-very light and powerful."

    February 20, 2012  |   By serenade1222

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    Blocking technology:
    Very dynamic as the user has the ability to change the program target whether contents to Block by adding its words and in case of sites that are not of obvious nature there is ability to Add whole web site address to block.
    The new version enables the user to export any of the lists whether words or sites or software to a text file which can be edited by any text editor and reload on the program to start with.
    Screenshot recording:
    Very easy to use, retrieve all saved data, giving the ability to user to choose the required storage partition and interval between each shot.
    Options features:
    Some lovely options helping the user to control the activity of the program such as:
    -Hide/show splash screen
    -Change program shortcuts
    -Choose between 3 options of blocking alert
    -Ability to shut down the entire browser or only the current tab in case of content blocked.
    -Has two user languages enabled
    -Can temporarily disable filtering
    -Live update is available

    Cons

    Needs more development to block inappropriate images and to control the software remotely, the update still need more development.

    Summary

    All that advantages in free software !, it's very helpful and impressive.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good program"

    February 14, 2012  |   By wegooo

    Version: Golden Filter Premium 3.1

    Pros

    the Verison 1.0 the best but not work at 7 windows

    Cons

    no problem at work but can get problem on image is not good

    Summary

    in update iam found problem

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