How can I reconfigure the IE Content Advisor?

Question

I have windows 95. I keep getting an error message stating that someone may have tried to tamper with my Content Advisor Settings, and that I may want to check the settings. I am unable to check the settings as the system keeps asking me for A SUPERVISOR PASSWORD..But, I do NOT know the supervisor password.How can I reset a supervisor password. This was a used system that I bought and it may have had a password set up by someone else. Therefore,I need to bypass this somehow and set up my own password so I can change or check the CONTENT ADVISOR SETTINGS.

THANKS SO MUCH,

Wendy Grellinger

Answer

This question was answered on December 5, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I'm assuming it's not a virus, adware from some previous porn surfer, or some program to keep kids from looking at adult sites Run a virus check, and disable any such software There are online virus checks available Also, install and run a free program called AdAware which can be found at tucows.com

I'm also assuming you're not a kid trying to get around your parent's permissions.

In order to get around the content advisor settings, you have to hack the registry This is not something for the squeamish First, back-up the registry You may need to do a Google search to find out how to do this I found good directions by entering "backup Windows 95 Registry" into the search criteria There are also directions on how to restore the registry

Should you need to restore the registry, you will have to do so on a machine which will probably not boot into Windows Better print out the directions, first Also, be sure you have created an emergency startup disk It's good practice to have one, anyway Directions for this can be found in your Windows Help files.

The registry editor is a lot like a text editor It's pretty intuitive, and has a search function Just be careful what you do Changes are saved immediately There is no second chance; it will not ask "Are you sure?"

go to Start > Run and type regedit Find the following entry:

Hkey_localMachine>software>Microsoft>Windows>CurentVersion>Policies>Ratings

Remove the key called Ratings Close the registry editor.

Open explorer, go to view > options > disabled ratings, and hit enter when asked for the supervisor password.

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on December 5, 2002