How to Remove Web Filters

By Kefa Olang

Web filters are browser security programs that block questionable material such as pornography, sites that promote alcohol or drug use and social networking sites. They protect children and users from objectionable material in homes and public institutions such as libraries. While they are important tools, they can also cause problems and interfere with legitimate web browsing. As the administrator of a web-filtering program, you can uninstall and remove them from your computer.

Step 1

Uninstall the web filter from your computer. To do so, click the Windows "Start" button and click the "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to launch the programs window if you are using Windows XP. If you are using a Windows Vista system, click "Program and Features" and click "Uninstall a Program" to launch the programs window.

Step 3

Scroll through and click your web-filtering program such as "K9 Web Filter." Click "Remove/Uninstall" and click "Yes" to confirm.

Step 4

When prompted to, type in your administrator password and click "Uninstall" to remove it from your computer. You cannot uninstall a web filter without the administrator password. If you have forgotten your password, contact your web filter manufacturer. They will likely ask you a few questions for verification purposes before reminding you of your password.

Step 5

Remove your web filter folder. To do so, click the Windows "Start" button and double-click the "C:" drive. Double-click the "Program Files" folder. Locate your web filters folder and right-click it. Click "Delete." Empty the recycle bin.

Step 6

Close your web browser once you complete the uninstallation. Click the Windows "Start" button and click "Restart."