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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.2.4

Version 4.2.4 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Date Added October 18, 2011
Version 4.2.4

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Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

Block pornographic images from your computer. Traditional porn blocking tools limit your choice of image search engines, rely on constantly outdated URL blacklists, and are easy for any tech savvy teenager to circumvent. Picblock uses revolutionary filters to block pornographic images by examining images for pornographic content, whether accessed from a Web page or loaded from a USB thumbdrive. Picblock also analyzes address and page content for sexually explicit keywords in dozens of languages, resulting in a powerful, two-pronged approach to filtering out pornographic content. Features include: . Detect pornographic images in web pages, e-mail messages, iTunes album art - any HTTP-based content. Block pornographic images from being displayed in Windows Explorer or loaded in any viewer program. Filter for sexually explict words in dozens of languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic. Facial recognition reduces false positives by identifying whether a questionable image is actually a person's face. . Customize filtering sensitivity levels . Require a password to unblock content or change settings. Create a list of 'safe' sites manually or as a result of an unblock action. View a tamper proof log of all block/unblock activity. Very tamper resistant, even for computer savvy individuals. Enterprise installation options for mass distribution . Silent Mode for stealth filtering. Developer SDK (API) available . Is easy to install, configure and operate. Best of all, it's absolutely free for personal use.