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Net Nanny 5.5

by Contentwatch
Windows Vista / 2000 / XP
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Remote Management - Net Nanny 5.5 will allow you to manage your family's Internet policy and from anywhere you have access to an Internet connection-even from work or on vacation!
  • Enhanced Reporting - Review detailed interactive charts and graphs that provide information about where, how long and how often your family members are spending on certain web site
  • Manage access to Instant Messaging applications and see the full text of all Instant Message conversations
  • Windows User Integration - You can utilize your Windows user accounts for ease of use and management
  • Advanced filtering technology - The new Net Nanny 5.5 integrates seamlessly with Safe Search options found in popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, AltaVista, and Lycos.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 2000 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000S61NHA
  • Item model number: NN55-RET-BOXM2
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 18, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,757 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Net Nanny is a powerful filtering tool that allows you to determine what Internet content enters your home. It comes with maximum protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family's unique needs

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works Well, But.... September 9, 2007
Net Nanny 5.5 effectively blocks users from internet content that parents deem inappropriate (not only porn, but news or hate/violence, etc.). Parents can select what types of websites and online activities to block their children from viewing or using. Should individual sites mistakingly be blocked, they can be individually set as an exception. Also, the program may be de-activated with a user-set password. In fact, all changes to Net Nanny require this password. Overall, Net Nanny 5.5 works as advertised, and works very well.

Perhaps a little too well. Net Nanny protects itself so deeply in the system that attempts to tamper with it in the registry or with third-party programs can cause serious damage to the operating system of the computer.

I had installed and run Spyware Doctor to block spyware from my system; Spyware Doctor mistakingly identified Net Nanny as a malicious program and blocked key aspects of it from operating as well as deleting several Net Nanny files. After a re-start, Windows would boot up but no longer connect to the internet; I could no longer move files, and certain programs failed to run at all. System Restore would no longer work, even in safe mode, and I couldn't re-install Net Nanny because it requires an internet connection to do so.

Thanks to this Catch-22, I had to install Windows on a fresh hard disk in order to utilize my old files. While this may seem to be more of a complaint for Spyware Doctor, it demonstrates that Net Nanny is protected so deeply in the system that if anything goes wrong with it, it can wreak serious havoc in the operating system.

Another complaint about this program is that it runs without regard to Windows profiles.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good To Have While It Lasts November 2, 2008
I purchased Net Nanny about a year ago. It did not have as many options and features as I had expected but it did offer some degree of protection for my kids while online. The ability to limit the time my kids spent online was my favorite feature. The reason I'm giving it a low rating is because after a year, it just stopped working and gave me a message about my license having expired. This came as a complete surprise to me. When I paid for Net Nanny software, I expected to have Net Nanny protecting my computer until I decided to upgrade it or to use someone else. Please be aware before you buy this product that after a year, you will have to pay again for Net Nanny or some other security software.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good in Theory, Poor in Execution September 28, 2010
This review is for version 6.5, which I suspect is not available on Amazon due to the poor reviews of previous Net Nanny editions.

Anyway, I did a free trial of Net Nanny for two weeks and then thought about it for awhile before paying for a two-seat license. Honestly, the two weeks wasn't enough for me to really get a feel for the program, but being concerned about my children getting older and knowing what's instantly available on the Web, I went ahead and paid for Net Nanny.

Well, after a few days of usage, it became clear that Net Nanny is an insufferable piece of nagware. It seems like every site you visit, you get at least one popup message from Net Nanny. Soon, this gets really annoying (and time consuming). Also, I never really fully understood the paradigm of Net Nanny. I was forced to use two different passwords, one being my user password and the other my "override" password? It seems that the design of Net Nanny is kludgy and ill-conceived. Installing Net Nanny nearly renders the Internet unusable. It's behavior reminds me of Norton, McAfee, and other bloatware I can't stand.

On top of that, when I installed it on my Windows 7 desktop computer, it destroyed both my Firefox and Internet Explorer (IE) installations. Firefox can no longer browse ANY secure SSL websites. IE now gives me an error message every time I shut it down. When I emailed Content Watch, they didn't offer suggestions on how to fix it, they only blamed me for not shutting down my firewall before installation. If that's how they program over at Content Watch, I'd be wary of other claims about their software's performance.

The final kick in the shins is that they refused a refund even though I uninstalled it from both my computers literally days after purchasing. So, I now have about 358 days remaining on a software license I don't want.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review after a year of use... December 24, 2009
Now, if you're reading this review, you're one of 3 categories of people:

1. A Parent wanting to protect your child from internet smut/garbage.
2. A Parent wanting to regulate your children's internet usage by setting time limits.
3. Like Me - An adult who's wanting to protect yourself from internet smut/garbage or simply regulate time online.

So, here's what NetNanny will do for #1-2:

- You can filter all web content based upon language, images, etc.
- You can block specific sites (like Youtube).
- You can regulate computer games from being run at certain hours.
- You CAN disallow IM or E-mail by simply disallowing the site/program during certain hours, (it seems some reviewers are confused on this), though this will NOT FILTER your e-mail account or those of your children if they're getting "buy viagra here" e-mails.
- You can have it e-mail you immediately if there is attempts to get around the software, and see the log of where the culprit was (on the web) when the attempt was made.
- You can set time limits to the web.
- You can shut off basically all the web except specific sites (though this takes a little know how and I haven't tried it).

On the whole, you can maintain a fair amount of control with your kids and NetNanny. I'm not sure if there are better products for sale that will do this all, but when I was shopping a year ago, NetNanny was definitely at the top of the game.

So, here's what NetNanny will do for #3:

I'm a pastor, and I want to protect myself from web-smut and other trash. I don't go out searching for it, but it's around enough and far too easily. My wife is jealous for my eyes, and I covet them for her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It was good when it worked....then it stopped working.
The first several months Net Nanny did what it was supposed to do, but then it started denying my daughter internet access even when it should have. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tina Pippin
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I recently downloaded Net Nanny for Mac and was only after I had numerous teething problems that I found some reviews on Amazon complaining about the same issues however I can't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tanya Adey
2.0 out of 5 stars Albeit challenging, it can be a decent Product - IF/WHEN it actually...
IMHO -
If you or your teenager have a Samsung Galaxy S4 device and you want it protected w/the latest version --> not so fast!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heros_N_Zeros
2.0 out of 5 stars Overblocks--obsolete
I have used Netnanny for some time on our computer. The interface is pretty user-friendly with plenty of options for parents. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gift Recipient
1.0 out of 5 stars Took 5 mins to remove
i bought it to test its quality, it only took me 5 mins to delete it without using my password. it also locks up everything but the google home page, wont even let you search in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Akk32
1.0 out of 5 stars Caused problem with Kids computer OS / locked
We downloaded the 2 week trial version. I just went in and set the dates and times the kids could be on the internet. I left all other settings on default. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by M. Hanna
1.0 out of 5 stars the nanny sucks
This software has to be the most annoying crap I have ever subjected myself to. If there are any words in the user words setting it will stop access to email, sites that you need... Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by kdad27
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read the reviews first
I think the operating system may have been effected. I wanted to protect my child and this may have harmed her PC. Nothing seems to be working anymore.
Published on December 28, 2010 by White Roses
1.0 out of 5 stars Net Nanny Wiped Out Windows
Similar to another reviewer, I downloaded the trial version of Net Nanny over the internet. I don't think my spyware filter caused it (WebRoot) because it prompts for decisions. Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by J. Windes
1.0 out of 5 stars Slows down all browsing even on unfiltered accounts
I've had NetNanny for a while. On an two different older computer it slowed everything down. The time came to replace the family system and I got a faster system with windows 7,... Read more
Published on April 8, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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