PicBlock


Editors' Rating:
2
Mediocre
Average User Rating:
2.1
out of 20 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.2.4
File Size:
2.33MB
Date Added:
October 18, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
66,579
Downloads Last Week:
123
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

This application blocks pornographic images from loading on your system although some lewd material still seeps through its mechanisms. PicBlocks doesn't use keywords to block URLs based on content so parents be warned: offensive terms and text are viewable. PicBlock's standard interface allows you to adjust its restriction levels from mild to normal to strict, but strangely enough no clarification is given as to what each level permits and prohibits. You can choose to display a pop-up notification from the system tray, a prompt, or a simple blink from the tray each time a site with porn images is loading. A hot-key combo can be used to unblock Web sites you'd like to gain full access to and PicBlock will automatically place the URL on your safe list for future visits. While some images were blurred out of sight, it didn't obscure every vulgar image on several Web pages, even at its strictest configuration during testing. Although free, we can't readily recommend this program since offensive images and text may still be viewable by children.

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  • 1 stars

    "REALLY BAD"

    May 27, 2011   |   By MlgHaloKid

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    NOTHING IS GOOD

    Cons

    EVERYTHING LIKE SLOWING DOWN YOU COMPUTER, CAN'T GO ON THE INTERNET, DOES NOT EVEN BLOCK PORN I TESTED IT, IT ONLY BLOCKS NONE PORN STUFF ONLY THINGS THAT ARE NOT PORN SO PLEASE DON'T MAKE AN OTHER ONE PLEASE!!!

    Summary

    BAD!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "I downloaded and it's not blocking porn pics & videos."

    January 15, 2011   |   By missyconrad

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    Nothing yet, not working

    Cons

    That it is not blocking like it should

    Summary

    Why is it not working ?

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  • 2 stars

    "Good start, needs work"

    March 23, 2010   |   By DereksDiscourseDotCom

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    Blurs out bad pictures
    On some sites, it kept the faces but blurred out the naughty bits

    Cons

    Blurs out regular pics
    Unblocking sites still didn't help
    Could not shut down program with taskmgr (BIG CON)

    Summary

    The bottom line is this a great start, but it needs work. Hand this concept over to the OpenSource community and let them have a crack at it. The fact of the matter is, I went to one porn site and it blocked out the girls breasts and lower regions, but kept her face clear. Bad thing is, it also blocked a ton of google news and drudgereport pics as well. Download Ad-Block Plus and use it until they find something better.

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  • 1 stars

    "Kills internet connection/system restore at uninstall."

    January 24, 2010   |   By aLifeBringer

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    None, it didn't work at all.

    Cons

    Kills upon uninstall, I had to re-image my machine!
    Doesn't work with anything I had.
    Gave me an ICA proxy error (with no proxy setup) and stopped letting my PC from renewing my IP (repair) upon restart.

    I had XP SP3 build 2600 or 2100

    Summary

    Beware of this seemingly suspicious application! It brought me down (with several good antivirus running) and it'll bring your PC down.
    I waster 2 hours getting my laptop re-imaged for this mess.

    Updated on Jan 24, 2010

    Just to clarify, this killed my PCs ability to gain an IP address, use safe mode and conduct a system restore.
    I tried restoring the original system files and that didn't help either. :-(

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  • 5 stars

    "good i like it"

    May 16, 2009   |   By Tabby1983

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    good I like it

    Cons

    good I like it

    Summary

    good/great

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  • 2 stars

    "Great idea too long in coming."

    April 15, 2009   |   By CraftyPip

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    FREE and Easy to setup and configure

    Cons

    Lack of recognition of pornographic images , and false positives

    Summary

    PicBlock 3 is a great idea which, on the face of it, should be a solution to web pages with pornograghic content. It is simple to install and use and the setup options are easy to understand but, it falls flat on its face when it comes to pornographic picture recognition. The program was tested using IE 7 and sure enough it blocked the offending pages form opening. However, adjusting the settings to allow the page to load but to have the offending pictures pixalated out did not function correctly at all with any of the availble settings .
    False positives will occur as expected owing to the very nature of the recognition process, and some people may be offended by the taxi on the cover of Taxi 3 Extreme Rush or the logo for Kaspersky, to name but two innoucuous pictures which were pixalated, but when it came to the outright naked pornography, the images remained for all to see.
    I can only rate PicBlock with 2 stars, one for the concept of the program and one for its limited recognition or lack thereof

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  • 2 stars

    "Good general picture blocker."

    March 24, 2009   |   By David

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    Generally worked.

    Cons

    Not always effective.

    Summary

    It did not seem to work well on certain web sites.

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  • 1 stars

    "WARNING! MALWARE! DO NOT INSTALL!"

    February 11, 2009   |   By coolijive

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    Nice concept...

    Cons

    Would not install properly, even with security apps disabled. Lots of error messages. Attempting to uninstall kills internet access, System Restore, and Safe Mode! Computer functions slowed by over 1000 percent! No response from tech support.

    Summary

    DON"T RISK THE STABILITY AND FUNCTIONALITY OF YOUR SYSTEM!

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  • 2 stars

    "Worked then crashed. Not worth the trouble."

    July 10, 2008   |   By cfd15

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    Great idea and it worked initially. Blocked some non-pornographic pictures, but generally did block pornographic ones.

    Cons

    Began to fail at startup, both on XP SP2 and Vista Home Premium. Worse yet, even after supposedly closing the application (an option once the error occurred), it caused Windows Explorer to close repeatedly, again under both OSs. Bottom line: Not worth the trouble.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works as described!"

    May 01, 2008   |   By thorin_2

    Version: PicBlock 3

    Pros

    A cool, free alternative to the bloated parental control tools on the market. I love the fact that my daughter can still use search engines for her homework assignment, and know she'll be protected. It does a good job of blocking images - tested by using MSN and Google image search with strict control turned off, and searched for terms such as nude, naked, bikini, etc. and it blocked virtually all of image results. Yet innocuous pictures were not blocked (for the most part). I couldn't tell how well the image blocking worked on regular word searches because picblock’s bad word filtering kept blocking any sexually explicit word I tried, in both English and Spanish. I'm pretty happy with it so far.

    Cons

    Sometimes benign images are blocked. When that happens I usually unblock them and then add the web site to picblock's "safe" list. That way my kids don't ask me 10 times a day to unblock some wrongly blocked image.

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