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Optenet Web Filter PC

CNET Editors' review

Protect your children against harmful Web sites with this extremely powerful parental-filter application.

Optenet Web Filter PC, now Vista compatible, places an icon in the system tray to open your Internet browser and loads a neatly designed password-protected interface. You can create multiple profiles and select from the filter categories the types of Web sites to block, including but not limited to Gambling, Drugs, Games, Hackers, Porn. The application successfully blocked sites containing information within our filtered selections during testing. You can also restrict the use of P2P applications for file sharing, instant messengers, and e-mail and view a navigation log report.

Using the Contribution button, Optenet Web Filter lets you submit Web sites for possible inclusion on its restricted list. Parents and guardians can rest easy while kids surf the Web freely using this 14-day trial application.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 24
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 15
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely no response from "Contribution" feedback."

    March 1, 2011  |   By roxysol

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    Blocks bad sites

    Cons

    Blocks good sites.
    Netflix movies - all movies - are blocked. Feedback to unblock is apparently never considered. Cannot even view "Bambi" so something's wrong. Forget ever using Netflix to view movies on an "Opteneted" computer again.

    Summary

    Keep looking - this one isn't ready

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Helped Save Me Money!"

    October 22, 2008  |   By georgeglick

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    Installed it in a minute, my wife set it up and now I don't lose money on gambling on the Internet anymore.

    Cons

    Blocked me from some sites i like a few times but that was quickly fixed.

    Summary

    I have a been gambling online and losing money. My wife got this software to get me to stop and it is working so far. I wanted to help let other gamblers know because I am sure a lot of people like me are losing money on all those casino sites. It's just terrible how you can lose a lot of money on your credit card especially with today's economic problems!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "That is most excellent, very reliable. My children can now surf the net."

    March 19, 2008  |   By manfara

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    It is user-friendly. easy to add or remove sites from the filter. works with any browser

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great, But a Subscription?"

    October 22, 2007  |   By jaromluker

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    This software filters out everything you could possibly want and has lists of sites for different categories, i.e. dating, gambling, porn, sexuality. It is very effective, and is difficult for a child to get around, if not impossible.

    Cons

    I'm not fond of the idea of buying software more than once. Subscriptions don't work well with software. An internet connection, sure, but software, no way!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Rubbish"

    October 10, 2007  |   By Garth85

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Cons

    After installing 9.6 my P4 laptop was a mess.

    - starting up it takes ages

    - task bar is missing icons

    - internet access is blocked

    - the PC runs like a dog, soooo slow

    - trying to shut down or log off again it is incredibly slow and hangs just saving settings

    - I cannot find any menus for this app

    - I cannot find it in Program Files so it must be elsewhere, but where

    - I cannot find options to uninstall !!

    This is joke. I still cannot get my Laptop running !!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This software did exactly what I wanted."

    July 31, 2007  |   By Sam.67

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    I like how easy it was to install with no complicated set up.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Filter I tested"

    July 7, 2007  |   By suzyq4321

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    1. I tested 5 filters and find this one to be best.

    2. Of 100 sites that should have been blocked, it blocked all.

    3. Of 50 sites that should not have been blocked, it blocked 2. i submitted them automatically and they were available within 20 minutes - I did not see any other product with this filter.

    4. When the trial ran out, I was warned by a message that my PC was not filtered anymore. I liked the option to keep surfing without the filter - or purchase. So I had more time to decide about teh purchase without having to uninstall and reinstall later . . .

    5. My kids complain - that's a good sign - it is working!!

    6. Tech support responded to my questions within 1 day - the big companies take forever.

    Cons

    The tech support response was hard for me to understand - but they explained after I asked again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super nice company! Great software!"

    July 1, 2007  |   By goodguy65

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    I found out my kids were able to see things they should not see on the Internet so I started to research what to do about it. I had no idea which software to get. I contacted a few companies. Optenet was so helpful. I must have sent 20 emails to them with my questions. I don't have any computer knowhow so even though it takes 2 minutes to install, I needed some guidance. They were patient with me and now I see that it filters out what the kids had gotten to before. We even saw one site that was not filtered and we thought should have been. We sent it to the company and the same day it was blocked. I even know the support people by name now.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Filter!!!!"

    June 30, 2007  |   By yg96

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    Before making my decision on which Parental Control filter to buy, I checked a few. I wanted a good filter that works to keep certain content off my home computers and I wanted to have good support - so many companies leave you hanging when you have a problem. Optenet did the best job. It filtered each and every site it should have. It is also easy to install and set up. And when I tested technical support - they answered within 3 hours! I am happy with my purchase.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Company Apparently Out of Business"

    June 12, 2007  |   By ketchim

    Version: Optenet Web Filter PC 9.6

    Pros

    Dead Product

    Cons

    Company's USA telephone number has been dead for weeks. A robotic voice says hello, then the line goes dead.

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