ParentalControl Bar

ParentalControl Bar

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.1.457
  • Total Downloads:
    1,047,936
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 06, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.75MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    321
  • 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

    2.1

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 22
  • 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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2 stars

"Doesn't Do What it Says"

August 02, 2012  |  By alicedi79

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

Easy to Install

Cons

Equally Easy to discover and disable
Has compatibility issues with IE 9

Summary

Installed it but my son discovered it and disabled it. I am not sure if IE9 supports it or not but I could not work with it at all. Installed it on Chrome and my son quickly worked his way around it. As someone suggested, Qustodio from www.qustodio.com works far better and is also free. I've always believed that a parental control program has to be complete and comprehensive and Qustodio is that program.

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3 stars

"Free and easy!"

July 25, 2012  |  By LisaNU_001

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

Free, IE 64 support

Cons

Do not have sites time limitation ...
(some parental controls can do that,
e.g. Time Boss - www.niceki.com)

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3 stars

"Had trouble installing"

December 09, 2011  |  By Butter23

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

Anything free is great!

Cons

Doesn't block websites, take screen shots and it isn't invisible. My kids are smart they found it!

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2 stars

"Very easy to get around"

September 21, 2011  |  By Robert_1976

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

Free product

Cons

Would only work on the most basic users. Unfortunately most kids know more about computers than their parents.

Summary

Hasn't bee updated in a long time and pretty easy to avoid. If you need something that actually blocks, you may want to fork out a little cash or find another free blocker.

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2 stars

"Outdated for use on Firefox"

September 20, 2011  |  By safeguard_1

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

I like that it's offered for free

Cons

It's over 2 years old and hasn't been updated, can't get it to work on Firefox.

Summary

I'm using BlockSmart and it's fine on Firefox, they also offer it for FREE.

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1 stars

"Couldn't get it to work"

September 16, 2011  |  By suerichinthesun

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

I guess I didn't waste any money on it.

Cons

I couldn't get it to work.

Summary

I wasted hours on this thing. I wasn't able to block the sites I wanted to. I'm going to try something else

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1 stars

"Easy to install"

July 31, 2011  |  By tizzy3559

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

haven't found any yet

Cons

Does NOT block any type of site or porn

Summary

Allows Porn sites to load, ALL porn sites. I do not recommend this product, unless there is something I missed, which I doubt.

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1 stars

"Didn't like it"

May 22, 2011  |  By MommaMurrell

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

The idea of it

Cons

Hard to use & kept rejecting password

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1 stars

"Does not work with FireFox"

May 09, 2011  |  By Mijo2much

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

FREE, guiess that is a pro

Cons

Could not get it to work with FireFox (v 4.0+),

Summary

Sort of wasted my time here.

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4 stars

"Excelent Parental control"

March 23, 2011  |  By evc65

 |  Version: ParentalControl Bar 5.0.1.457

Pros

easy to install an work with

Cons

need more configuration

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.1.457
Version 5.0.1.457 resolves password issue.
General
Publisher WRAAC
Publisher web site http://www.parentalcontrolbar.org
Release Date December 26, 2009
Date Added October 06, 2009
Version 5.0.1.457
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Parental Control
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 98, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Microsoft Internet Explorer
Download Information
File Size 4.75MB
File Name parentalcontrolsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,047,936
Downloads Last Week 321
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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