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How To Remove The IE Content Advisor Password

How to recover from a forgotten IE Content Advisor and Ratings password

Internet Explorer has a very useful feature called Content Advisor, which allows you to set "acceptable" ratings for the website content that you wish to view or block.

You can choose to block websites with various types of content that you don't wish to view (or allow your children to view). You can still choose to view a blocked website by simply entering the Content Advisor password. Sounds great, right? It is!

There is one problem though: If you forget the password, or even worse, if someone else (say your child) creates one without your knowledge, you may find yourself blocked from viewing websites that you really want to view.

This is a very common occurrence, but it's a very easy problem to fix. Simply delete the registry key that defines the password and ratings! Here's how:

  1. Understand that things sometimes go wrong! - This procedure involves editing the Windows registry. Making changes to the registry can cause serious problems if done incorrectly.

    If you perform this procedure, you need to understand that should something go wrong you may need to re-install Windows. Be careful, and understand that you are solely responsible should anything go wrong. If you still wish to proceed, go on to step 2.
  2. Back up the Registry - Let me say this again. Back up the Registry! Here's how:
    • Open the registry editing utility. Click Start, then Run. In the box, type regedit and the registry editor will open.
    • Click File, then Export. Enter a name for the registry backup file in the File Name box and then click Save. Write down the name of the registry backup file in case you need it later.
    • Back up the Registry. This step is for those among us who decided to skip step 2. Yes, it's that important!
  3. Using the navigation tree on the left side of the registry editor window, navigate to this registry key:

    Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\Ratings]
  4. Click on the key to highlight it, then press the Delete key. You have just deleted the registry key that contains the content ratings and password.
  5. Click File, then Exit to exit the registry editor.
That's all there is to it! You can always create a new set of Content Advisor ratings along with a new password if you wish.

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