Get Parental Control off my PC

By franl155 ·
I use MS Office 2007 on XP, with IE 8.

Following a recent "update" I now find that I have a Nanny sitting on my PC that refuses to allow me access to certain websites - not all of them "naughty" - it even blocked me downloading an update of Adobe Reader, so I can't even access my PDF files.

I looked around for some help; went into IE Internet Options, opened Content Advisor and had to fill out a password to enable me to set all the sliders to "push off, Nanny" - with no effect at all.

I emailed Microsoft, and actually got a response. However, they said, go to Control Panel, User Accounts, then click on Parental Control. I could do the first two, but the third doesn't appear as an option. I emailed them to tell them this, and their response is to tell me to post a question in the Microsoft Answers Forum - they obviously find my question too difficult for their tiny little minds.

Just to set the record straight: I'm 60 years old, there are no children in my life, much less on my PC - I think I'm old enough to be able to decide for myself where I want to go and what I want to see (that's what the little x in the top forner is for) and I strongly object to being controlled by *someone else's* idea of what I may or may not be allowed to do!

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by franl155 In reply to So did you try turning Co ...

I went to Smart Screen Filter as you said, but the sub-menu says "turn on SmartScreen Filter" which seems to suggest that it's not on at the moment.

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XP homeless is it?

by Who Am I Really In reply to Get Parental Control off ...

there is no "run as administrator" in XP homeless and stand alone or workgroup XP-Pro systems doesn't require it if the user is in the administrators group

in XP homeless you can access "The Default Administrator" account only in safe mode
other users in the administrators group still don't have full access to do administrative tasks
eg. security tab on NTFS files / folders properties dialog only appears in "The Administrator" account in safe mode

here's a thought:

some malware infections set these types of restrictions
including but not limited to:
- parental controls
- disabling windows update
- blocking access to certain anti-virus / anti-malware etc. sites
- blocking downloads
- etc.

make sure your system is 100% clean

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by franl155 In reply to XP homeless is it?

I have XP Pro, and am the only user. I went into Safe, then Control Panel, Administration - couldn't see anything that I recognised as being relevant, and didn't want to fiddle aimlessly, in case I couldn't undo it!

Just tried it again, as me: found Amin Tools, under Securtiy Settings there's Policies for: Accounts, Local, Public Key, Software Restriction and IP Security on Local Computers, but when I clidk on each, none has anything that I can see might be relevant

The Internet Options Content Advisor says "enable", which i take to mean that it's not currently set, but it's still blocking.

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Specific message

by glen.harris In reply to Get Parental Control off ...

Could you possibly intentionally visit a naughty site and let us know the specific message you are receiving? It could be something simple such as your router being set to use a service such as open dns. I've seen these on a couple of occasions where others have added the 'public ip' to their open dns account and blocked inappropriate content. They then loose the ip address at the end of its lease, it gets re-assigned to the ip pool and is assigned to someone else later on but open dns still enforces the parental controls as it is still attached to someone elses account.
This of course may not be the scenario at all but a specific error message would help us here to help you.

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by franl155 In reply to Specific message

Sorry, this is going to be a long answer, but has to be to get all the data in.

I have been trying to visit a specific

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by franl155 In reply to Specific message

As a faint chance, I tried "Contact your network administraror", filled in name, email and message, cliked Send and got "error sending message" - maybe it knows it's daft to send an email to myself asking why I'm blocking access to my chosen website!
maybe someone else cold follow that link and "contact network administrator" see if I get an email!

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Have you tried disabling Content Advisor?

While logged in as Administrator, open Control Panel, then Internet Options. Click on
the Content tab at top, then click the Disable button under Content Advisor.
Rather than highlight each little area of "concern" and move the slider.

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by franl155 In reply to Have you tried disabling ...

it IS off, apparently - the tab says "enable" which seems to suggest that it's not currently abled (if that's a word) still blocks

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Just in case you don't notice this one above Frani

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Get Parental Control off ...

Then try this.

In IE left click on Tools and from the Drop Down List highlight Smart Screen Filter. A Sub Menu appears and you need to left click on Turn Off Smart Screen Filter and follow the prompts.

I seem to remember Smart Screen Filter was a Add On to IE a while ago so it may have been a update to that recently which is what your problem currently is. I don't think it's in any way related to Parental Controls but I could be wrong.


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IE security issue

by RSmiedy In reply to Get Parental Control off ...

Go to the IE Security settings and add the site to your trusted sites in the security tab. If that doesn't work turn Content Advisor off in the content tab.

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