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HOW TO: Use the Internet Explorer 6 Content Advisor to Control Access to Web Sites in Internet Explorer

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This step-by-step article describes how to use the Internet Explorer 6.0 Content Advisor to control access to Web sites. You can configure Internet Explorer to control the kinds of content users can view in the browser.

You can control content in two manners. You can use content rating systems, or you can specify Web sites. Administration of content-rating systems is done by independent organizations. Internet Explorer defaults to the ratings from the Internet Content Ratings association.

Enable the Content Advisor Feature

  1. In Internet Explorer, click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
  2. Click the Content tab.
  3. Under Content Advisor, click Enable to open the Content Advisor dialog box.

    NOTE: For this rating system to work, the Web page must be rated by the author. If the author posts objectionable content but does not program the page to expose the rating, Content Advisor will block the page regardless of its content. You can change this setting so that users may view Web sites that have no rating. You may also create a password that allows users to view restricted content. The Approved Sites feature can also be helpful in this situation.
  4. To enable ratings, click the Ratings tab of the Content Advisor dialog box. For each category of objectionable content, adjust the slider bar to the level you desire. Click OK.

Specifying Web Site Access

  1. Click the Approved Sites tab in the Content Advisor dialog box.
  2. Enter the Web site address you want to block or allow in the Allow this web site box.
  3. If you want to allow the Web site to be viewed, click the Always button. If you want to block the site, click the Never button. An entry for the site is created in the List of approved and disapproved web sites box.
  4. If you want to remove a site from the list, click that site in the List of approved and disapproved web sites box, and then click Remove.

Creating a Supervisor Password

  1. Click the General tab in the Content Advisor dialog box.
  2. Under Supervisor password, click Create Password.
  3. In the Create Supervisor Password dialog box, type the password in both the Password and Confirm password boxes.
  4. Type a hint for the password in the Enter a hint for your new password box. If you forget your password, you can answer the hint to gain access to the Content Advisor.


  • After you enable Content Advisor, sites that are not rated are also blocked. To change this setting, click the Users can see sites that have no rating option on the General tab in the Content Advisor dialog box.
  • If a site is blocked by Content Advisor, a dialog box appears to inform the user of that fact. By default, any user that knows the supervisor password can type the password to change the setting for this site. To prevent this, click to clear the Supervisor can type a password to allow users to view restricted content check box on the General tab in the Content Advisor dialog box.

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For more information about the Internet Content Ratings Association, click the More Info button on the Ratings tab of the Content Advisor dialog box to view the following Internet Content Ratings Association Web site: NOTE: As of 1999, the Recreational Software Advisory Council (RSAC) has been "folded into" a new organization, the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA). For additional information, see the following Web site:

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Article Info
Article ID : 310401
Revision : 5
Created on : 12/5/2003
Published on : 12/5/2003
Exists online : False
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