The Web Blocker

The Web Blocker

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 6 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    75,067
  • Date Added:
    June 09, 2013
  • File Size:
    2.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,831
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Parents, librarians, business owners, and anyone concerned about inappropriate and adult content on the Internet may want to check out The Web Blocker from Webstart Studios. TWB is freeware that lets you filter and block inappropriate content, monitor Internet use, and build customized Block Lists for various users, situations, and content.

We downloaded, extracted, and opened TWB's installer, which prompted us to create, confirm, and enter a password to begin the installation. During the installation, a pop-up message stresses the importance of making sure that none of the users who will be affected by TWB's filters has administrative privileges. The program's interface is quite unique, with an array of boxes for handling primary functions, a side panel with several controls, and a basic file menu. The Help file is a link to a Web-based support page, but TWB is designed to be extremely easy to use. TWB opened with all our PC's users displayed in its User List; we clicked on a nonadministrative user, and the name appeared above the Internet History box. Clicking the User History button displayed the user's Firefox and IE history; selecting any URL and clicking Add To Block displayed the site in the user's Block List box. A Block Address feature with a blank field let us type or paste URLs directly, too. It's also easy to remove blocked sites. The most interesting feature is Content Filtering. We were easily able to filter social-networking sites, online gambling sites, adult content, games, proxy searches, and video-streaming sites simply by clicking check boxes. When we logged on to the restricted user's account, TWB wouldn't let us browse to blocked sites. The White List feature let us enter Allowed Sites, which is handy for limiting access to just a few sites for small children. Clicking Block Template called up a dialog for creating individual user templates for blocking specific content. Another button let us change passwords.

We found TWB to be flexible, easy to use, and perfectly capable of filtering and blocking a wide range of inappropriate or unwanted online content. If you ensure that users subject to TWB do not have administrative privileges, they will be unable to defeat it.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 3 stars

    "Promising but can be better!"

    July 24, 2012   |   By alicedi79

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    Pros

    Ease of use and nice uninstrusive interface.

    Cons

    Sites cannot be unblocked
    Doesn't uninstall correctly

    Summary

    I would prefer Qustudio to this any day. Data tracking, real-time blocking, helpful support have me completely sold on them.

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  • 3 stars

    "Pretty good website monitoring tool."

    September 24, 2011   |   By softrev

    Version: The Web Blocker 2.0

    Pros

    Lets you monitor as well as block.
    List building isn't difficult.
    Has an easy to use interface.

    Cons

    Difficulty unblocking sites.

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  • 2 stars

    "Has pros and cons."

    August 19, 2011   |   By 48rennie48

    Version: The Web Blocker 2.0

    Pros

    Does allow you to block selected websites.

    Cons

    Doesn't unblock websites - have to uninstall.
    Leaves behind hidden folder.

    Summary

    Has problems, but not insurmountable - depends on what you're willing to put up with.

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome.....!!"

    April 06, 2011   |   By parth2488

    Version: The Web Blocker 2.0

    Pros

    Help me to get rid off FACEBOOK addiction....!!!
    and Movie Addiction also.

    Cons

    I don't think any....!!!!

    Summary

    Awesome...awesome tool for productivity increase...!!!! don't waste ton's of times on social networking,blogging,video streaming and movie websites.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great product. Works as described."

    December 12, 2010   |   By ecquinn18

    Version: The Web Blocker 2.0

    Pros

    Free and blocks lots of sites

    Cons

    No key logger like some other programs

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  • 1 stars

    "Uninstalls Poorly"

    December 10, 2010   |   By foxfire0002

    Version: The Web Blocker 2.0

    Pros

    Filters results. blocks sites like it advertises.

    Cons

    doesn't uninstall correctly.

    Summary

    for a while it blocked the very Cnet.com site to download it in the beginning. blocks sites that can be used to remove it.supposedly uninstalled. and left files in the C Drive.
    unpredictable on what sites it blocks and those it doesn't and for some reason allows access to sites that it previously blocked. leaves services running in task manager even when it was

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.0
    Version 2.0 includes the functionality of White Lists (Allow Lists) and improves controls.
    General
    Publisher Webstart Studios
    Publisher web site http://www.thewebblocker.com
    Release Date June 09, 2013
    Date Added June 09, 2013
    Version 2.0
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Monitoring Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 2.28MB
    File Name TheWebBlocker.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 75,067
    Downloads Last Week 1,831
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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