Internet Explorer Content Advisor: frequently asked questions


Here are answers to some common questions about Internet Explorer Content Advisor.

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What is Content Advisor?

Content Advisor is a tool for controlling the types of content that your computer can access on the Internet. After you turn on Content Advisor, only rated content that meets or exceeds your criteria can be viewed. You can adjust the settings to suit your preferences.

What settings can I control with Content Advisor?

You can do the following:

  • View and adjust the ratings settings to restrict or allow content in each of the following categories: language, nudity, sex, and violence.

  • Create a list of websites that should always be blocked, regardless of how their content is rated.

  • Create a list of websites that can always be viewed, regardless of how their content is rated.

  • View and change the ratings systems Content Advisor uses.

Is Content Advisor turned on by default?

No, you must turn on Content Advisor if you want to use it.

How do I turn on Content Advisor?

To use Content Advisor, you first need to create the supervisor password, and then you can specify the filters and rules you want applied to your children's web use. To learn how to turn on and use Content Advisor, see Using Content Advisor to help block inappropriate web content.

When Content Advisor is first turned on, what level of restriction does it have?

Content Advisor is set to the most conservative (least likely to offend) settings when you first turn it on. In addition to blocking objectionable content, it also blocks any unrated content. You can adjust these settings to match your preferences.

How do I allow people to view content that is restricted or unrated?

Follow these steps to set Content Advisor to allow others to view restricted or unrated content:

To allow others to view restricted or unrated content

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

  3. Click the Content tab, and then, under Content Advisor, do one of the following:

    • Click Enable. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    • If you've previously enabled Content Advisor, click Settings, and then type the supervisor password. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. To allow others to view restricted content, click the General tab, and then select the Supervisor can type a password to allow users to view restricted content check box.

  5. To allow others to view unrated content, select the Users can see websites that have no rating check box, and click OK.

  6. If a supervisor password has not previously been set up for Content Advisor, you will be prompted to create one.

Note that allowing unrated websites might allow users to browse to objectionable content.

How do I change the type of content that is allowed?

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

  3. Click the Content tab, and then, under Content Advisor, do one of the following:

    • Click Enable. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    • If you've previously enabled Content Advisor, click Settings, and then type the supervisor password. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Click a category of content in the list, and then move the slider to set the limits you want. Repeat this for each category you want to change, and click OK.

  5. If a supervisor password has not previously been set up for Content Advisor, you will be prompted to create one.



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