How to Bypass Net Nanny

By Ty Arthur

The Net Nanny program is a filtering tool that is meant to prevent users from accessing websites with objectionable material such as pornography or hate literature. In some instances the program may also be setup to block more benign websites such as online games or chat rooms to prevent students or employees from accessing non-work related web pages. There are many different methods of bypassing the Net Nanny program depending on what version of the program is installed.

Step 1

Tun on the PC and wait for the operating system to fully load. Open the Start menu by clicking on the Windows icon on the desktop tool bar. Navigate through the Programs menu and click on the Net Nanny option.

Step 2

Type the phrase "~frontdoor" into the password field and click on "OK" if your computer has Net Nanny version 5.0 or earlier installed. Check all of the boxes under the "Allow" field. Change all of the drop down boxes at the bottom of the window to the "Allow" setting and then click on "OK." Open a web browser and attempt to access a blocked website.

Step 3

Press the "Ctrl," "Alt," and "Delete" keys at the same time to bring up the task manager window. Click on the "Processes" tab to find a list of all the program files your computer is currently using. Click on the entry named "Ocraware" and then click on the "End Process" button. End the processes for the entries named "Wnldr32" and "Net Nanny." Close the task manager window and open a web browser. Attempt to access a blocked website.

Step 4

Open the Start menu and click on the search box. Type in "msconfig" and hit Enter. Double-click on the MsConfig program when it appears in the search results. Click on the "Startup" tab. Un-check the check mark boxes labeled "NNSvsc" and "nntray.exe." Restart the computer and attempt to access a blocked website.

Step 5

Open a web browser and navigate to a proxy website such as "StupidCensorship." Enter in the address of the blocked website you want to access in the proxy's address field. Hit the Enter key and see if the Net Nanny program blocks the proxy from functioning.

Tips & Warnings

  • The administrator of the Net Nanny program must manually enter in the web addresses of proxy servers to block, so if one does not work you can continue trying others until you find one that hasn't been blocked yet.
  • The system administrator for your network will have setup Net Nanny on your computer for a good reason. There could be serious disciplinary repercussions if it is discovered that you are routinely bypassing Net Nanny without permission.