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NetDog Internet Porn Filter

CNET Editors' review

While NetDog does block some harmful sites, its patchy implementation leaves a lot to be desired.

Basically, the app is a "smart" blacklist that comes with many sites and keywords preblocked and allows you to add or remove others as you see fit. There's also a white list of "always allowed" sites. Interestingly, it will allow some sites that talk about the human body in scientific terms, unless you block them explicitly. Unfortunately, the "smart" blacklist didn't block about one-quarter of the sites we tested that we thought should be blocked, making the usefulness of the feature dubious at best. The "full" blocker functioned much better, allowing nothing of a questionable nature to show up.

The interface is a one-panel job, with all the options front-and-center and password-protected. Since the app is so simple, it would benefit from a less-compact menu, but what's there does the job decently enough. If all you need is a Web site blocker, this free application is it, but you can certainly find these limited features and a lot more in other parental-control utilities.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 1.0 stars

    "don't buy it"

    October 18, 2013  |   By justfortoday1

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    none, slows down your computer

    Cons

    I had to uninstall after 2 days

    Summary

    This product works if you want a SLOW computer, I would not reccommend it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Extortionware"

    August 27, 2012  |   By Evilbeard

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    It's filtering was passable but not very good.

    Cons

    Blocked itunes Store and eventually my entire net connection on that computer. When I tried to uninstall the password didn't work. Customer Service then said they couldn't help me unless I purchased the software. What? I have to purchase it to uninstall it so my computer will work? What?

    Summary

    Terrible software and customer service that extorts money from you to uninstall their own p.o.s. software. Isn't that criminal? Avoid Netdog like the plague.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total waste of money (dosnt work at all)"

    September 22, 2011  |   By notnetdog

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    None !! threw the "free" back up disc in the bin

    Cons

    Could not even stop the word sex.
    emailed helpdesk to complain and got no reply

    Summary

    Do not buy
    This pruduct is a scam

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work, non-refundable, no customer service!"

    March 14, 2011  |   By probledo723

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    My credit card company credited my account after trying several (6) times to get some help because Netdogsoft didn't work.

    Cons

    No customer or technical support. No phone # to call. All communication must be done by email. The only time I heard from Netdogsoft was to informed me of their "NO REFUND" policy.

    Summary

    Even though I was credited by my credit card company for the purchase of Netdogsoft, they still got to keep $25 for doing nothing at all. The company that handles their orders tried to help me by emailing the author of Netdogsoft but to no avail. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT YOU'RE STUCK WITH NO RECOURSE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Slowed down my pc download by 50%"

    January 16, 2011  |   By georgieengland

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Does stop some porn

    Cons

    Not freeware, it is only a 7 day trial
    Slowed download speed from 2.2mb to 1.05mb
    Expensive after the 7 day trial
    Many glitches
    Doesn't stop all porn
    Limited back-up
    Very old UI

    Summary

    Basically, i initially thought this software was ok and even paid for the full version but that was a huge mistake. The problems mounted afterwards with a huge drop in broadband download speed and the filters inability to stop porn on tube websites like youtube etc.

    Updating the software is laughable as by doing so it overides the password!! Also, after updating everything appears totally unchanged with no improvement whatsoever.

    The sum up... an ancient piece of software which may have been acceptable as freeware 5 years ago but now it is as good as useless.

    I have removed it from my pc.

    Learn from my mistake and AVOID AVOID AVOID

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Essential for your family's protection"

    April 30, 2010  |   By michelleokok

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Doesn't affect your browsing speed
    Very reliable
    Auto works quitely

    Cons

    I found no cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a very powerful and effective filter"

    April 30, 2010  |   By williams998

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    no need to bother abt porn now

    Cons

    good software, thank you

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does Not Work"

    January 2, 2010  |   By yaykarin

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Cheap. That's it.

    Cons

    Downloaded this software with high hopes. All you have to do is click refresh and blocked content comes right up 100% of the time. I even blocked ALL sites but one, just to see if it could handle that much, it could not.

    Summary

    It doesn't work.It totally did not block anything at all. Customer Support is non-existent. All you do is say the product isnt working in these areas and you get NO RESPONSE AT ALL. Terrible.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "WORKS WELL, BUT PRETTY EASY TO GET AROUND"

    August 11, 2009  |   By kjt1981

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    netdog works well and has an easy to use interface, It is light and did not slow down my pc

    but....

    Cons

    ... it can be pretty east to get around - all a person has to do is re-download another copy of the software, unpack it and it will overwrite the previous download.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "NetDog works as advertised"

    March 18, 2008  |   By DawgJaws

    Version: NetDog Internet Porn Filter 3.9.2

    Pros

    What makes NetDog unique and desirable is that it offers the option to shutdown all internet access except to those sits specified in a whitelist that you customize. No other product offers this option. It is the easiest to install and has the smallest footprint. While it comes with a predefined list of pornography sites the list can be edited or turned off. It does work. Those others who posted negative reviews should be more specific in their condemnation of this product as I found no fault with it at all running it on Window XP professional SP 2. I just purchased 70 licenses for use at retail locations. If they would polish up the interface I would give it 5 stars because it works as advertised.

    Cons

    The interface could be cleaned up a bit and the english grammar in the messages should be proofread to polish up the program.

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