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Parental Filter

By NWSP Software Design Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Blocking porn may be this application's target, but it seems to arrest online access all around.

Parental Filter uses Allow and Ban lists to stop pornographic Web sites from loading on your PC. Its interface is straightforward, though it's crude and could stand some sprucing up. Initiating the program's filters is pretty effortless; simply click a button to enable either list. The control lists are kept in Notepad files for you to add or delete entries. Parental Filter uses IPs rather than domain names to sort out porn sites so as not to miss any associated links. A gargantuan list of banned IPs is included in the program.

Surfing was pretty taxing while this application was in effect, though. Page after page of clean sites had difficulty loading and eventually produced error messages. Once we disabled the ban list, the trouble ceased. Parental Filter guards your configurations with a user-defined password, although we were able to uninstall the app without it. We would like a few more parental control features, but that's the least of this program's problems. Free, yes, but unless you want to bar Internet access altogether, you'll need a program that isn't this severe.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added December 11, 2006
Version 3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Popularity

Total Downloads 204,083
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Parental Filter is a freeware porn blocker. It specializes in blocking porno Web sites nothing more, nothing less. Sometimes kids come over your house and they say can we go in the Internet, and you think what if porno sites start popping up. This software stops that from happening. Version 3 includes unspecified updates.