Qustodio Free Parental Control

Qustodio Free Parental Control

Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.80
  • Total Downloads:
    26,041
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 25, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.15MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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4 stars

"What Windows Parental Controls SHOULD have been"

March 03, 2013  |  By furst

 |  Version: Qustodio Free Parental Control 1.80

Pros

Really wanted a program that would limit our son's computer usage, as well as restrict certain applications. Also wanted a log of how much time was spent playing Minecraft as opposed to using Word. Qustodio does a great job of all of this and the free version is very generous with features. Includes web category filtering (violence, pornography, etc) as well. Unlike other reviewers, I like the web interface to manage preferences, as I can do this from work, etc.

Support is quick and very helpful.

Cons

Installs a search toolbar.
Developers still working out a few bugs.
Full version ($60/year) is probably a little pricey.

Summary

Best in class parental control program. Actively under development with responsive developers.

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5 stars

"Peace of mind for me and my family"

February 18, 2013  |  By davidfsent

 |  Version: Qustodio Free Parental Control 1.80

Pros

- I have tried lots of options for the past year, Qustodio so far has turned to be my favorite.
- Set up is quick and configuration doesn't require technical skills.
- You can see what your kid is up to anytime from any place
- It's free

Cons

- None so far

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2 stars

"Interesting but not stable, buggy, and privacy concern"

February 13, 2013  |  By Jean C. B.

 |  Version: Qustodio Free Parental Control 1.80

Pros

When it works, it allows to set a activity agenda to control the time kids use the computer. Interface design quite intuitive.

Cons

- Severals problem during install and reinstall
- too many bugs (the most annoying: "Qustodio Protection Service is not running"... so no protecting children!)
- installation and settings all only available through a web interface, not on local PC, and it's responding slowly. If you are behind a firewall it may be a nightmare to change settings (web interface become very slow or not responding).
- Only the pay version can control which applications your children may use or not.
- privacy concerns (see below)

Summary

The idea is not bad but the software is crappy: was hard to install, slow to configure (because everything is going through the web interface and no local settings are allowed), and it's not working fine. The service cannot always start, and if you experiment any network trouble (firewall, network down, etc.) you children are no more secured and they can do anything! That's why this software require a local application for settings (with a remote control from the website as an option). It's too useless without a local control.

The worse: since you can only manage Qustodio through the web, all your settings and children activities are stored by Qustodio website/database (what for? privacy? commercial use?), and there is worse: Qustodio installs a search bar on your browser with shortcut for news, meteo, facebook... Why? This search bar does not protect them (protection is included in the software filters). My children are 4 and 9 year's old (this parameter is set in the configuration) and Qustodio give them a quick access to facebook... I wanted to protect them from social networks. The cure is worse than the disease!

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5 stars

"Does what it promises"

February 12, 2013  |  By noeljohne

 |  Version: Qustodio Free Parental Control 1.80

Pros

Extensive features including being able to see the profile pictures on Facebook!Pretty cool!
Unintrusive and easy to use

Cons

Can't install it on my Mac because its not supported

Summary

The app is quite impressive given the fact that it is free. I've used many parental control apps in the past (including the paid ones) but have liked it the most so far. I use it to monitor what my son does on the web and also monitor the time he spends on it.

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1 stars

"Worthless product & worthless support"

February 11, 2013  |  By sb1023

 |  Version: Qustodio Free Parental Control 1.80

Pros

On the rare occasion it work it does a decent job

Cons

90% of the time the system tray icon has a red warning on it and hovering over it pops up "Qustodio Protection Service is not running." I've excluded that processes and application paths from my AV software thinking there may be a conflict. No luck. Support is useless. I found someone else on their site that had the same problem and their solution was to "send us a problem report from the computer by clicking on Qustodio's icon tray". The problem is trying to get that option to display to begin with. I was able to get a report submitted but it has been weeks with no response.

Summary

Was a waste of my time. Going back to Norton Online Family. It wasn't perfect either but it was better than this junk.

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1 stars

"Too many bugs (and possible malware)"

January 20, 2013  |  By jl2013

 |  Version: Qustodio Free Parental Control 1.80

Pros

If Qustodio worked, it would be a useful piece of software.

Cons

Apparent software bugs made Qustodio difficult to even install. I could not even see the "next" button as I went through the installation process and had to click on the spot where I guessed it should be to move through the steps. Once I finally had it set up, my computer's hard drive went into overdrive, whining and moving at a snail's pace. When I opened Firefox and IE, none of the IP addresses could resolve. No internet access whatsoever! Finally, it was especially tricky to uninstall.

Summary

The next time I see a review for software on CNET that warns of possible malware, I will take heed. I don't know if this software is just buggy or contains malware but I can say for sure that on my computer it "broke" the internet while installed. Hopefully there will be no lasting ill effects.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.80
Version 1.80 contains Windows 8 compatibility and new languages: Italian & French.
General
Publisher Qustodio
Publisher web site http://www.qustodio.com
Release Date December 20, 2012
Date Added December 25, 2012
Version 1.80
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Parental Control
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.15MB
File Name QustodioInstaller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 26,041
Downloads Last Week 25
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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