Disable Content Advisor Censorware in Microsoft Internet Explorer
Follow these three easy steps to disable the Content Advisor
Microsoft Internet Explorer. After you complete these steps, Internet
Explorer should let you visit all sites free of restrictions.
You may wish to print these instructions so you can look
at them after you've closed Internet Explorer.
- Select either the No PICS or PICS Off package below,
and save it to your desktop.
- Close all Internet Explorer windows, so that only the Desktop is
- Double-Click the file you downloaded to open it. Select OK on
the dialog box that appears.
These packages were created at around noon time on
Thursday, February 11, 1999, and
represents about 5 minutes of work.
Depending on your web browser, you may
have to hold down shift while clicking on these links in order to
save them to your desktop.
- No PICS - Completely disable Content
and change the password to '12345'. Use this if you forgot your
Content Advisor password. If it's important for the person who
set up Content Advisor not to find out that you've disabled it,
use the PICS Off package below instead.
- Toggle PICS Off - Disable
Content Advisor Censorware. Does not change the password.
- Toggle PICS On - Re-enable content
Advisor Censorware. Use this package after using the PICS Off package
if you want to cover your tracks.
- After toggling PICS off, I get an annoying dialog box every time I
open Internet Explorer
Apparently the inner workings of Content
Advisor have changed in recent versions of IE, and adjusting them directly
via the picsoff.reg registry patch doesn't have the desired effect. Instead,
use the nopics.reg file to set the password to 12345 and then use that
password on the content advisor settings dialog to complete the disabling
- The changes don't seem to take effect
Explorer is used for many things, including browsing the hard
drive and active desktop. If all Internet Explorer windows are
not closed when you open the package, your changes may be
overwritten. If you want to be sure all Internet Explorer
windows are closed, you can use the Windows NT task manager or
the Windows 95/98 control-alt-delete close programs dialog.
- I just realized I'm using Netscape Communicator...
You'll need to use the
Netscape PICS Censorware Disabler instead.
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Brian Ristuccia. All rights reserved.
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