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K9 Web Protection

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 304 votes

    • 5 star: 180
    • 4 star: 48
    • 3 star: 25
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 42
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 12 votes

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

    "Easily Cracked"

    March 21, 2014  |   By dbbota

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    Blocks what i want

    Cons

    time variants need to be added ... more options

    My 8 year old son cracked my password with a simple 8 numbers. No matter what password I would put, that number just overrides all passwords. Shame on K9 Web Protection ..

    How about that for safety?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Excellent.. for younger kids."

    March 3, 2014  |   By abiclse

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    - simple
    - free
    - customizable
    - if it is not bypassed, it will record every websites that have been visited. however, the list is long as it includes everything from ad websites and all. still cool.

    Cons

    - can be bypassed in 1 minute with access to admin rights
    - can be bypassed by using secure websites - https:// on some websites
    - false peace of mind that your teenagers are not watching porn. should be suitable for younger kids, but i do believe any teenager will bypass this and you wont notice.

    Summary

    DOES NOT CONTAIN VIRUS. Lol. This program modifies certain system files (hosts file for one) and can make it appear as a virus but it is not.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best parental filter by far"

    February 16, 2014  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    -free
    -blocks all types of nasties, it is impossible to find a way around it. it will even filter google images to remove nudes by enforcing safe searching in everything (even youtube). has a dns to filter bad sites (you pick what you want filtered).
    -can not be uninstalled etc, and is password protected.
    -easy to read reports of monitored activity.

    Cons

    -this is excellent software.
    -wish i could set it up on my router to protect all devices.

    Summary

    i tried them all. even if your kids are smarter than you, they won't get through this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Annoying and stupid"

    February 13, 2014  |   By reviews_the_worst_stuff

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    it could be a search engine

    Cons

    it has a horrible format and blocks randomly

    Summary

    bad

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it's supposed to do."

    January 27, 2014  |   By erasbury

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    Stops phishing
    prevents many trackers
    works well with anti virus programs
    stops a lot of pop-ups

    Cons

    I'm satisfied, it does what it is designed for. People must remember you must adjust settings properly.
    It doesn't make fresh coffee...

    Summary

    K9 is a internet filter that complements many anti-virus programs. I have used free anti-virus programs and currently I bought a program, my computer runs a lot smoother with K9 as a compliment.
    Thank you

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It did block some websites and filtered my searches..."

    November 11, 2013  |   By BennyTejadaMaglaya

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    Easy to Install.
    Free.

    Cons

    Cons? Just check out my Summary...

    Summary

    I actually downloaded this software solely to fend off Dosearches.com, a pesky website that opens in my browser on startup. I entered its URL on "Always Block" tab in hopes of finally getting rid of the said website but to NO AVAIL. I can still visit Dosearches.com after supposedly "blocking" it.

    I have uninstalled it for now, but I kept the installer in case I might need it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's good thank u :)"

    September 25, 2013  |   By ahmedelmisery

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    but there's a problem with facebook ..

    Cons

    please update it to close the browser directly like variety program it will be better .

    Summary

    need update to close browser directly ... thanks at all :)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good product with some shortcomings and glitches"

    August 13, 2013  |   By kirillgl

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    You can choose either the default, or different other levels of protection, or customize your own package of blocked sites/categories in a matter of minutes. Once done, it blocks all the affected sites 100%. It is easy to use, minus the cons (see below)

    Cons

    When it blocks Facebook, and you want to unblock it for a few minutes, it is nearly impossible to log in or to follow any e-mail notification links. It changes the interface of facebook completely, so it is unrecognizable, even when you unblock it. It is obviously a glitch. Sometimes it freezes this site and nothing works at all (no buttons, no links, etc).

    Occasionally, same happens with a few other sites. However, say, youtube works fine, and most sites are not affected.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Blocker Available"

    July 6, 2013  |   By lawbarr

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    -Does what it is designed to do
    -Has the ability to whitelist or blacklist websites
    -Different default level settings or customize
    -Free

    Cons

    -Actually blocks things (sarcasm)
    - I haven't experienced any on a Mac or PC... Mobile device is totally different.

    Summary

    This blocker has proven to be very effective at safeguarding myself and children from some of the dark sides of the net. I have installed it on several different PC's and Macs including laptops and desktops. I currently have it installed on my Mac desktop, Macbookpro, Ipad and Iphone.

    I can not relate to any of the complaints listed at all. It has never in 7 or 8 years caused a problem with my internet connectivity or caused me to get a virus.

    I really don't even believe most of the complaints.

    My only complaints would be with the mobile software and that will eventually get better, well hopefully.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy to stops... Can not limit sites by time..."

    June 4, 2013  |   By emily098

    Version: K9 Web Protection 4.4.268

    Pros

    Easy to install.
    Good support team.

    Cons

    Easy to stops...
    Can not limit sites by time...

    Summary

    This program is good for small children only. For teenagers you need something more serious, for example, I want to block adult content, but allow Facebook for 30 mins... I use another program, called Time Boss. It gives me all, I need, but unfortunately it works with Explorer only. Anyway, I recommned it to the parents.
    Yiu are welcome to download it from here: http://nicekit.com/parental-control-software.htm

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