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Remove the Internet Explorer Content Advisor Password

Users wanting to disable the Internet Explorer Content Advisor will sometimes find they have forgotten the required password. Fortunately, this annoying little problem can be solved quickly with a Windows Registry edit.

Problem

The Content Advisor in Internet Explorer is a fine example of good intentions sometimes leading to undesirable consequences. As users surf the Web under the watchful Content Advisor's eye, there will likely come a point where the restrictions imposed will become undesirable, even if only temporarily. However, users wanting to disable the Content Advisor will sometimes find themselves barred from making changes because they have forgotten the required password. Fortunately, this annoying little problem can be solved quickly with a Windows Registry edit.

Solution

Edit the correct Windows Registry key

Removing the Internet Explorer Content Advisor Password from its Windows Registry key will disable all of the restrictions. If you have ever edited the Windows Registry, the procedure will seem quite familiar. However, if you are new to the experience, don't worry—as Registry edits go, this one is fairly painless. (Always back up the Windows Registry before you begin editing.)

Here is the basic procedure:

  1. Open regedit.exe (usually performed via the Run command).
  2. Navigate to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

\Policies\Ratings
  1. Right-click the key and delete it.
  2. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to Tools | Internet Options | Content.
  3. Disable Content Advisor. (Enter a new, more easily remembered password if you want.)

This simple Windows Registry hack will disable the Internet Explorer Content advisor and return Internet Explorer to its default state.

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

1 comments
Lynxious
Lynxious

Thank You! I tried first going to microsoft support, and they were telling me I needed to sign up for some stupid thing to fix this "big problem". You're a lifesaver man!

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