K9 Web Protection

K9 Web Protection

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.288
  • Total Downloads:
    390,630
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 25, 2009
  • 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

    4.3

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star 21
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 1
  • 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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4 stars

"good program.. does what it says it does"

January 10, 2010  |  By mmok2k8

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

Hey being a free software.. I like it.. it blocks all sites we dont want our children to visit!!

Cons

there should be an option which disables the security when a certain account is logged on.. our kids have their own accounts and we have our own.. but we can live with it!

Summary

good progam.. easy to install and figure out.. for the price (ZERO) its great

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5 stars

"Best parental filter I've tried yet!"

December 18, 2009  |  By brianne0917

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

Very easy to use! When we tested it out, it blocked everything. It didn't interfere with his online games he likes like the vista parental controls did. I like the customizable levels of blocking.

Cons

None so far, but it would be nice to be able to access the internet data from other computers...Not really a con, though

Summary

Over all, I'm extremely pleased with K9. I think it's a very effective tool for keeping curious kids and pre-teens (and some husbands, lol) from accessing questionable internet content. A+ in my book!

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5 stars

"The great parental filter i ever had..."

December 17, 2009  |  By mjathu

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

1) It is free
2) Easy on you
3) Effective blocking and wide range of categories.

Cons

I will be happy if they release a version for windows 7.

Summary

K9 ROCKS, NET NANNY, CYBERPATROL SUCK..

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5 stars

"Great Parental Filter at Any Price!"

December 03, 2009  |  By delmahdownloader

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

Versatile, Accurate, Fast, Feature Rich, User-Friendly are the first descriptives that come to mind to describe K-9 Filtering. Blue Coat has truly done parents worldwide a huge favor by offering this fine program.

Cons

No monitoring of other programs such as file-sharing or instant messaging.No User profiles. NOTE: Only the administrator of this program should have an "administrative profile" on the computer. Otherwise this program could be breached.

Summary

As I recall, it's filtering is based on the N2H2 system, which is notoriously accurate as to white and black listings. It also does "on the fly" filtering with ease. I've used this program about 3 years and I'm highly pleased.
Though I mentioned that it lacks user profiles, I have had no problem with using one setting for everyone. If something is blocked, there's usually a good reason for it. Just set it to display the administrative overrides on the blocked page, and you're on your way. Even that permission can be set on a timer 10 min. up to 60 min. or on a permanent white list.
If you're trying to protect your kids from pornography, you do need to add a few blocked pages, for example: most video storage sites, as well as any storage sites, such as scribd. For example, Google Videos should be blocked, as well as most search engines. There is a "forced" safe search on Google's Search engine and a couple others. So, when the kids are doing Image Search on Google, there's not likely to be any "surprises". There's a record kept of all sites visited with links to the pages, so you can review the kinds of choices your kids are making online.

A great choice for any family seeking an accurate, trouble free solution to guarding their family while online.

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5 stars

"Un Excelente Programa"

November 30, 2009  |  By KevinPX

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

Realmete realiza bien su tabajo, cuando lo instalé lo puse a duras pruebas y realmente me dejó muy satisfecho

Cons

Cuando se le programa para bloquear todo internet a cierta hora, si se tiene una cuenta de Windows Live Messenger abierta antes de la hora programada, no bloquea a Messenger.

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5 stars

"FANTASTIC...Does the job well."

November 29, 2009  |  By emsteph

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

Easy to install. FREE. Finds not just URLs, but text and photos and eliminates anything offensive. Even works in conjunction with Google.

Cons

Nothing that I can see...

Summary

Updated on Nov 29, 2009

UPDATE...!!
SORRY TO SAY, BUT AVOID!!!!

This software was working so well and in less than 24hrs it would not let me surf anything. I had to uninstall to save my internet. Even tried on another laptop with no success. Darn, it was a really nice program while it worked.

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2 stars

"Alright but..."

November 26, 2009  |  By TrixxiStarr

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

Very nice looking interface.

Cons

Causes system to fail when starting up The Sims 3 game.

Summary

Because of the system fails, I would not recommend this software if you have The Sims 3 installed or any other graphics intense games. If you are not a gamer, this is the perfect solution for you!

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5 stars

"Great Software, Its the best for internet filtering..!"

November 18, 2009  |  By windsan

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

it has good support for about a year.... good filtering...... splendid...

Cons

there is no cons in this superb freeware..

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5 stars

"Excellent, it does what it says immediate protection"

November 12, 2009  |  By basic39

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

easy to install, simple instructions for parents, would recommend installing this program and best of all for all that it does it is free

Cons

have not found anything yet

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4 stars

"A very user friendly, effective program."

November 07, 2009  |  By mands122

 |  Version: K9 Web Protection 4.0.288

Pros

Easy to use. Excellent blocking features and flexibility.

Cons

Must be online to access features.

Summary

I don't think you can get a better program at any price. I am very happy with it and highly recommend it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.288
Version 4.0.288 adds HTTPS filtering and expanded safe search capability.
General
Publisher Blue Coat Systems
Publisher web site http://www.bluecoat.com
Release Date February 25, 2009
Date Added February 25, 2009
Version 4.0.288
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Parental Control
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows Vista, Windows 95, Windows
Additional Requirements None
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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