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Removing IE's Content Advisor password

Password resets are a fact of life for IT support pros, but what do you do when you can't reset a password? Reinstall the application? One user turned to our Technical Q&A and found a simpler answer.


So you have a user who's forgotten his or her Internet Explorer Content Advisor password. Now what? You can't reset the password without knowing the original password, and reinstalling IE won't solve the problem, because the password settings are stored in the Windows registry. When faced with such a dilemma, it's time to fire up Regedit and go to work.

Word of warning
The following article suggests ways to edit your System Registry. Using the Windows Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system and could result in data loss. TechRepublic does not and will not support problems that arise from editing your registry. Use the Registry Editor and the following directions at your own risk.

Passwords: Easy come, easy go
TechRepublic member kevg recently turned to the Technical Q&A discussion board for a solution to this problem. “How do I delete the Content Advisor password in Explorer 5?” this member asks.

Members Anna777 and soulrider quickly answered the call, and each offered a slightly different version of the following directions. Anna777 offers, “The following steps will remove any password set in the Content Advisor and allow you to reset the program to its original state.”

Figure A

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the registry key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\
    Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Rating.
  3. Locate and right-click the binary value named Key as shown in Figure A. Select Delete from the drop-down menu and select Yes when asked if you're sure you want to delete the value.
  4. Exit the Registry Editor. You've just deleted your original Content Advisor password.
  5. Restart the computer and run Internet Explorer again.
  6. Open the Internet Options window (how you do this will depend on your particular version of IE), select the Content tab, and click Disable. When asked for a password, don't enter anything; just click OK. This will disable Content Advisor because there's no longer a password. These instructions should work for IE 3.x, 5.x, and 6.x.

More Windows registry resources
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