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ParentalControl Bar

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 212 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.3.344
  • Total Downloads:
    1,038,860
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 04, 2006
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.75MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    285
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Parental control filters have a reputation for charging a lot and giving back very little in return. Sometimes, they literally don't give enough back, and have been known to block completely clean sites.

ParentalControl Bar isn't perfect--like its cousins, it blocks some sites that shouldn't be obstructed, and occasionally allows sites that should be blocked. However, the price is right--it costs nothing. Not only does it not extort parents for its services, it allows parents to approve sites both on the fly and via a "Blocked history" list.

The app is small, just over 1MB. The toolbar interface allows parents one-click switching from Parent to Child mode by clicking a button, which changes from red to green. To switch back--or to use any of its nonblocking functions or view a blocked site--a password is required.

Despite claims to the contrary, the program doesn't support Firefox 2, although it does work fine on Internet Explorer 7. For parents looking for a cost-effective tool to help give their children a bit of controlled freedom on the Internet, ParentalControl Bar is a safe way to go.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 156 votes

    • 5 star 38
    • 4 star 43
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 14
    • 1 star 45
  • All Versions

    2.8

    out of 212 votes

    • 5 star 45
    • 4 star 47
    • 3 star 22
    • 2 star 21
    • 1 star 77
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1 stars

"i can't run the program"

May 26, 2009  |  By mperezortiz

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

sound good

Cons

i try to run the program and said that the control bar is installed but i don't see work any bar in my web page. somebody please help me found the bar or explain me how to found and use. thank you

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2 stars

"A Major Flaw"

May 26, 2009  |  By higgins424

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

Ease of setup and use, functionality, looks good. BUT...see Cons...

Cons

In IE7, all a child has to do is go to tools, manage add-ons, and they can quickly disable the 2 add ons for the toolbar. This is possible for user acounts of type Limited in XP. I LOVED this product until I discovered this major issue.

Summary

I was ready to recommend this to a colleague, now I cannot.

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2 stars

"I give credit with two stars"

May 11, 2009  |  By master_mind413

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

free toolbar simple easy and probably does the job like the rest said

Cons

we cant use it cause it doesnt support Firefox ? come on this isn't 1992 after all

Summary

would love to try it maybe an update in the future

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5 stars

"good..........."

May 03, 2009  |  By HermanCox

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

No worrie just let them.. without any trouble...

Cons

Not in dutch! It's a pitty, they cannot read english!

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3 stars

"This Would Be Good If......."

April 28, 2009  |  By pieeatin

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

It Blocks EVRY SINGLE WEBSITE IN THE WORLD

Cons

It blocks EVERY SINGLE WEBSITE in the world . so far i have to sit here and type in my password for EVERY site my kid goes to. Including DISNEY , unless i'm missing something in settings it's not gonna last long here

Summary

well i'm not one to just give it a bad review because i don't understand it yet. i'm sure 99% of bad reviews are because that person doesn't have a clue as to install or run the program . I hope there is a way THAT I CAN CHANGE WHATS BLOCKED AND NOT BLOCKED WITHOUT HAVIN TO SIT HERE ALL THE TIME

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1 stars

"Don't Install, it is outdated and hard to remove"

April 22, 2009  |  By stephenjudge

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

It's free and that't about it

Cons

Lack of support for Mozilla Firefox 3+ or Internet Explorer 7
Does not remember set password on Windows Vista making it impossible to uninstal

Summary

Their website claims support for Internet Explorer 5.5+ and Mozilla Firefox 1.5+, the + should mean all future versions. This is incorrect as it does not work with Internet Explorer 7, it installs a blank toolbar instead. It also does not work with Mozilla Firefox 3+, it installs an unsupported Add-on which cannot be removed.

Furthermore, if you have installed this on Windows Vista, it will not remember the initial password you set and if you go and try and uninstall the program it will tell you, you are entering the wrong password and refuse to allow you to uninstall the program.

After contacted their support email I received this generic reply:

Re: Removing The ParentalControl Bar (KMM7557774I15977L0KM)
WRAAC Support <support@wraac.org>
Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 14:47:31

Thank you for your interest in the ParentalControl Toolbar,
Please use the attached ?Reset Key? to reset your password to demobar.
For instructions on how to use the Reset Key please see below:

1.Right click on the file and click ?Save As?. Save it to your desktop.
2.Once it is on your desktop, it should appear as a folder with a zipper on it, right click over it and click where it says ?Extract All Files?.
3.Once that is complete, a pop up will appear saying ?Your Password Has Been Reset To?: ?demobar?
4.Once you have completed resetting the password, you will be able to update password and email information without further complication.

For instructions on how to uninstall if you decide to use another solution, please see below:

1)Close all web browsers.
2)Click the [Start] button and select the [Control Panel] from the menu.
3)Select and Open [Add or Remove Programs]
4)Select [ParentalControl Bar] from the menu and click the [Change/Remove] key.
5)Enter the password when prompted.
6)Please leave feedback on the uninstall page and click [Send Feedback].

For Firefox, please try to update the web browser. It should automatically reject the toolbar.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please reply.
Thank you for your patience.
Website Rating Customer Support Team
Agent#106
support@wraac.org

The Reset Key can be downloaded safely from here www . ******* . com / dkge9r (remove spaces for the URL)

Look for ParentalControl Bar on Get Satisfaction . com and leave your feedback about it there as well as on the WRAAC feedback page http :// parentalcontrolbar . org / install / uninstalled . html

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1 stars

"Oh my GOSH what a piece of crap."

April 13, 2009  |  By aebuell

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

It works under very specific circumstances.

Cons

It claims to support Firefox 1.5 and above, but it did not even appear to try to work in Firefox. Also, it cannot work in IE when add-ons are disabled.
I emailed their customer support to ask why it wasn't working in Firefox and never got a reply

Summary

This product is a bit fat FAIL. Not even worth $0.

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4 stars

"it is free"

April 10, 2009  |  By triggins29

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

it seems trusting, I feel comfortable when children are playing games on the internet. They will not be exposed to adult websites.

Cons

I am satisfied.

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1 stars

"Horrible Non-protection for any child! I will delete it"

April 01, 2009  |  By elli5571

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

If your child has a brain then they will figure out that all you have to do to get past this so called protection is turn of the whole system and turn it back on...I am not a fan of thi sproduct at all ..kinda makes sense now why its free!

Cons

There are some benefits ,like the tracker but again disabled when pc turned off then turned back on!

Summary

`I would not recommend this to any one that has children over the age of 7 ! It is too easily turned off and then not able to protect and child from any internet dangers.

Updated on Apr 1, 2009

I mistakenly put the pros in the cons place.

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4 stars

"Works well especially for a free product."

April 01, 2009  |  By cndij

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 4.0.3.344

Pros

This is the first product of it's type I have used. My network engineer at work tested it out and recommended it to me. It does most of what I want it to, and has fairly good options for customizations.

Cons

I have had a few things I can't get it to block, like yahoo, to prevent acces to addl email accounts. I also don't like that you can't clear history. it gets full and slows the computer down. I have had to uninstall and reinstall several times..

Summary

Overall a good product despite some limitations, I would recommend it to others.

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General
Publisher WRAAC
Publisher web site http://www.parentalcontrolbar.org
Release Date September 04, 2006
Date Added September 04, 2006
Version 4.0.3.344
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Monitoring Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/NT/2000/XP, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
Download Information
File Size 4.75MB
File Name parentalcontrolsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,038,860
Downloads Last Week 285
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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