Many adults use Windows parental controls, also known as the Content Advisor, to protect young children from viewing inappropriate websites. If you have set the Content Advisor to block certain sites–but now you want to access these sites–there are a few steps you can take.
Bypassing Windows Parental Controls
- Start Internet Explorer and click on the “Tools” button, then click “Internet Options.”
- An “Internet Options” pop-up screen will display. Select the tab titled “Content” and click on “Settings” under “Content Advisor”.
- You will be asked to provide an administrator password. Type it in to access and disable the Content Advisor.
- If you forget your password, click on “Start” on the bottom-left corner of your screen and click “Run.”
- In the text field, type in “RegEdit” and click “OK.” A “Registry Editor” screen will display.
- Click on the “Plus” button to expand the “H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” file.
- Expand “Software,” “Microsoft,” “Windows,” “Current Version” and “Policies.”
- Open the “Ratings” folder under “Policies.” On the right side of the “RegEdit” window, you will see a “key” icon.
- Right-click on the “key” icon and select “Delete.”
- Select “Registry” and “Exit” to exit “RegEdit.” This deletes the Content Advisor password.
- Restart your computer
- Open Internet Explorer and repeat the first two steps. When you are asked for your password this time, click “OK” without entering a password. You should now be able to bypass parental controls.