How to Disable Web Content Filters

By Dustin Thornton

Web filters are in place to protect a user from Phising, or the process of a malicious website acquiring sensitive information like passwords from a user, or other confidential information. They work by checking the sites that you visit against the company's database of known Phising websites. Some users feel that this is an invasion of privacy. You may choose to disable these web content filters, if you already have security software equipped to protect you from Phising sites.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Step 1

Start the Internet Explorer browser.

Step 2

Click on "Tools" and select "Internet Options". The "Internet Options" window will appear.

Step 3

Select the "Security" tab and click on "Custom Level". The "Security Settings" window will appear.

Step 4

Scroll through the settings and locate the "SmartScreen Filter". Click on the option for "Disable" to turn off the web content filters in Internet Explorer.

Step 5

Click "OK" to close the "Security Settings" window and save the settings. Click "OK" to close the "Internet Options" window.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Start the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Step 2

Click on "Tools" and select "Options". The "Options" window will appear.

Step 3

Select the "Security" tab and remove the check-marks next to "Block reported attack sites" and "Block reported web forgeries".

Step 4

Click "OK" to close the "Options" window and save the settings.