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Editors' Review

For a free Internet filter, K9 Web Blocker does its job well, providing a broad collection of options for customizing your remote Web supervision needs.

To run the program, you must register on the Web site to get the free activation code. The control panel is accessible only through the Internet. Uninstalling requires removing the app from the Task Manager, then using its password to delete it from the Windows Control Panel, and finally, rebooting. Because the password gets sent to the e-mail account of the person who registered the program, it's possible that an enterprising user could disable K9 on a shared computer.

Despite those drawbacks, K9 comes with a handful or so of predesigned filters and an option to customize. With more than 50 categories for organizing Web sites, and the keyword-free proprietary K9 rating system, the Web monitoring and blocking aspects of the software functioned well. K9 also has categories for blocking sites that have been detected as potential malware threats. Equally impressive, and a little bit scary, was the log that detailed not just blocked Web sites but also every Web site visited.

K9 Web Blocker is a good, free program for those who are concerned solely with Web surfing, but the lack of a chatware filter leaves some holes for predation.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.4.276

Version 4.4.276:
  • Windows 8 Metro App filtering support
  • Implemented experimental Advanced YouTube Filtering
  • Added additional configuration options: Disable HTTPS block notifications, Disable Google SSL redirection, Separate Option for YouTube Safety Mode
  • Improved HTTPS filtering
  • Compatibility with more Antivirus and Firewall vendors

General

Publisher Blue Coat Systems
Publisher web site http://www1.k9webprotection.com/getk9/k9-web-protection-browser
Release Date July 15, 2014
Date Added July 15, 2014
Version 4.4.276

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Parental Control

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 2.39MB
File Name k9-webprotection.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 455,553
Downloads Last Week 516

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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