K9 Web Protection

K9 Web Protection

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 305 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.36
  • Total Downloads:
    390,630
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 19, 2007
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.39MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    379
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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For a free Internet filter, K9 Web Blocker does its job well, providing a broad collection of options for customizing your remote Web supervision needs.

To run the program, you must register on the Web site to get the free activation code. The control panel is accessible only through the Internet. Uninstalling requires removing the app from the Task Manager, then using its password to delete it from the Windows Control Panel, and finally, rebooting. Because the password gets sent to the e-mail account of the person who registered the program, it's possible that an enterprising user could disable K9 on a shared computer.

Despite those drawbacks, K9 comes with a handful or so of predesigned filters and an option to customize. With more than 50 categories for organizing Web sites, and the keyword-free proprietary K9 rating system, the Web monitoring and blocking aspects of the software functioned well. K9 also has categories for blocking sites that have been detected as potential malware threats. Equally impressive, and a little bit scary, was the log that detailed not just blocked Web sites but also every Web site visited.

K9 Web Blocker is a good, free program for those who are concerned solely with Web surfing, but the lack of a chatware filter leaves some holes for predation.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 117 votes

    • 5 star 66
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 22
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 305 votes

    • 5 star 181
    • 4 star 48
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 42
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1 stars

"Too easily bypassed and a beacon of taking your rights."

September 05, 2010  |  By theJafrikan

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

None, a horrible program that is bent on controlling and opressing somone. Does not effectivly block somone from people that want to get to vulgar sites.

Cons

Easily bypassed, with little to no skill needed. Too many ways to easily bypass.

Summary

There are no pros to people that unfairly oppress their kids or fellow workers, by limiting their internet. People have better things to do than to watch imature or vulgur content. By using this program you are supporting dictators throughout the country and you are denying people rights.

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5 stars

"Best Filter Ever"

April 29, 2010  |  By support4business

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

I tried a annual-fee family web filter and found out the hard way that it would/could not block inappropriate sites. Frustrated, I found K9 and it is wonderful! True, it sometimes blocks my social networking activities, but stringent is better!

Cons

I have not experienced anything I would consider a con.

Summary

Excellent product! Works better than the pay versions and it's Free!

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4 stars

"It's great but missing a few features."

July 02, 2009  |  By turbocomppro

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

Database is up to date and blocks even some Chinese sites!

Cons

Would be great if the database can be downloaded to your PC because every address you go to has to go through their server first. Even if set on "Monitor Only", it still has to access the K9 servers.

Summary

I had to remove it due to the fact that I do not have great internet connection and when I do image searches in Google, the images would come out really slow because it has to check every single site before displaying any pictures. I set it to Monitor Only but it still does it. As soon as I uninstalled it, the pictures would come out instantly.

If the block list can be download locally to my PC, it would not have to contact the K9 servers on every single web address I go to and would make the filtering A LOT faster on slower connections. Think of it like virus definition updates.

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4 stars

"BOSD error i wish this program would work on my system"

June 26, 2009  |  By problems24

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

very good program

Cons

the driver chrashed my computer after about a mounth of using it (blue screen of death)

Summary

it probably wont crash your computer but i just wanted to put this info out there

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3 stars

"Lockups abound."

March 13, 2009  |  By GideonD

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

It does the job quite well catching and filtering all web traffic per the specifications I provide in the settings. About as good as you can get for this type of application.

Cons

Caused lockups on 3 computers. I never noticed it on the PCs that I shut down regularly. But on three computers that I leave running at all times I was force to hard reset every 2-3 days after installing this. Problem disappeared when uninstalled.

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5 stars

"Great way to minimize temptation on the web for adults!"

February 22, 2009  |  By thecroftscameo

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

Good for adults as well as children.
Not tied to computer's administrative password.
Very easy to set up.
Various levels of configuration.
Mac and PC compatible.

Cons

Is not customizable for various accounts on a computer - but not that big a deal.

Summary

K9 really helps me to minimize temptations on the web. I let my wife set the password which is thankfully not tied to the administrative password on our computer so I can still control the admin function of our computer. I find it very freeing not to have to worry about being tempted by internet pornography when no one else is looking. Great product.

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4 stars

"Wonderful product for any parent."

February 15, 2009  |  By helenwalker1778

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

I love the fact that you can customize the times even by day of the week that your child is allowed to access the internet. I also like that when your child tries to gain unscheduled access or get around the codes, that the program emails you.

Cons

I really have no complaints about the software, it is an excellent program.

Summary

Absolutely superb product for any parent who wants control over what their child does online, but doesn't want to hover over their shoulder the whole time. I love this software and the fact that it is free is really surprising.

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1 stars

"This program is a major resource hog"

February 11, 2009  |  By Leadlung

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

I couldn't find any

Cons

made my system very slow to boot up, nearly impossible to remove once installed

Summary

After installation, the program requires a system reboot. My computer took 10 minutes to boot into windows and my hard drive was growling like an upset pitbull the whole time. It took forever to launch any programs afterward. Shutdown was also agonizingly slow. I never did get the chance to launch the program to test/tweak it. I booted into safe mode to speed up the boot process so I could uninstall it. It took three attempts at entering the admin password I had created during installation before the uninstaller accepted it.

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5 stars

"Highly recommended, dont look past this free download."

February 03, 2009  |  By Passmasters

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

1. Free
2. Easy to install. ( less then 5 mins)
3. Easy to use - setup.
4. First class application.

Cons

None that i have found.

Summary

Try it you wont be disappointed.

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1 stars

"Never got my code and send an another to the same email"

February 01, 2009  |  By Cheim93

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 3.2.36

Pros

not being used

Cons

not being used

Summary

if you're going to use a code send it or try sending it again!!!!!!
I'm very unhappy

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Blue Coat Systems
Publisher web site http://www.bluecoat.com
Release Date March 19, 2007
Date Added March 19, 2007
Version 3.2.36
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Monitoring Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 2.39MB
File Name k9-webprotection.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 390,630
Downloads Last Week 379
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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