How to Disable Web Filters

By Diana Braun

Web filters are used to control and censor which websites and content can be accessed from a computer. Oftentimes, Web filters are used to protect a viewer from websites that may contain malicious or pornographic material. Both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox contain Web filter settings that allow the user to control how and what kind of content may be viewed on a given computer. Disable the Web filters from the Internet options if the Web filters are blocking sites that users wish to access.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer. Click "Start" from the system tray at the bottom of the screen. Click "All Programs" and click "Internet Explorer" from the applications list.

Step 2

Click "Tools" from the top menu and click "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Click the "Security" tab from the Internet Options window.

Step 4

Click "Internet Zone" and click the "Custom Level" button.

Step 5

Scroll down the security settings in the Internet Zone window to "SmartScreen Filter." Click the radio button next to "Disable."

Step 6

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

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Launch Mozilla Firefox. Click "Start" from the system tray at the bottom of the screen. Click "All Programs" and click "Mozilla Firefox" from the applications list.

Step 2

Click "Tools" from the top menu and click "Options" from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Click the "Security" tab from the Options window.

Step 4

Uncheck the box next to "Block reported web forgeries."