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CyberPatrol Parental Controls 7.7

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
2.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Protect up to 3 PCs with one license
  • Protect an unlimited number of users per PC
  • Block harmful websites and images
  • Restrict chat and instant messaging
  • Block downloads of games, music, images and videos
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Product Description

It's a fact. Many kids don't tell their parents what they do online. They give out their personal information to people they don't know. They're stalked by predators in chat rooms and social networking sites. They're cyber bullied by other kids. They visit websites that contain content you don't want them to see. They download files that are illegal or harmful to your PC. As the use of the Internet has expanded, so have the threats to young children and teens who use it. And the more frequently they use it without supervision, the greater the danger. The problems are growing every day, and the risks to victims of these abuses are very serious. It's never been more important to make sure your family is protected. CyberPatrol Parental Controls puts you in control. It lets you monitor and manage your children's Internet use in a flexible way that best suits your family…yet still allows the freedom to explore safely. It's easy to use, and fully customizable to fit each child's age, needs and interests. With CyberPatrol Parental Controls, you can: Limit or prevent access to programs -- Protect against revealing personal information online -- Stop inappropriate language in chat & IM sessions -- Protect against online predators and identity thieves -- Manage time spent online or using programs -- Monitor Internet activity -- Customize filtering for each user – Install on up to 3 PCs CyberPatrol's Parental Controls software comes complete with an Online Safety Guide for Parents written by Linda Criddle, a recognized expert in online child safety. The guide features important information about how to make surfing the Internet, participating in chat groups, and using other online tools safe and secure for kids.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001KF284U
  • Item model number: CPC-1-12-N-SBXRT
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 5, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,542 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Tried the parental controls in Vista and my security suite but they didn't have all the features I was looking for. Decided to try Cyberpatrol based on good reviews I had seen. Has everything I wanted and more. I have kids ages 8, 13, 16 and they all use the same computer. Best thing is that I can set different filtering rules for each of the kids. Doesn't just block bad websites, also lets you set time limits, keep track of where they've been going on the `net, even block them from sending out personal info. Easy to use especially if you just want to use the default settings, just install and go, but lots of ability to configure it the way you want.
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My husband and I installed this on our 5 and 7 year olds computer so they could surf without gross things popping up. We tested it out for about an hour and it is a very effective tool. They can access their websites with no problem and the bad stuff can't come through. We recommend!
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I purchased this software based on reviews and the fact that it could be used on 3 computers for the price of one. It worked great for about four months and then it just stopped working. I still don't know what happened. There was no error messages or any indication that it was failing. It just didn't work one day and even uninstall/reinstalling it didn't fix the problem. I contacted customer service but their support requires you to contact them and wait for an email response with a code. that code is only good for a few hours and you have to contact them with that code to proceed through the troubleshooting process. Of course they are only available M-F, 8-5. You literally have to take off work just to get support. I was so disappointed because it was so effective until it just wasn't. If they can resolve the support issues it is a great buy until then it's just a waste of money.
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When my grand children visit, they are always using my PC. I was afraid that they might end up on the wrong web sites. Somehow they always end up going to places that mess up my computer. So I installed CyberPatrol. It works great and it even let my control when the kids could use my PC. Great stuff!
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I ordered and then returned this product.

Pro:
I think this is a well-established product and consistently the highest rated product for protecting kids and teens on the Internet, and protection is highly recommended if you know the facts. [No need to be paranoid but some common sense supervision of your kids while on the Internet and a product to cover the remaining situations is a good idea.] This product gets consistently good reviews and has many good features.

Con: The version 7.7 does NOT list Windows 7 compatibility. If you buy it and it does not work with Win7, it's your problem, according to the Amazon sub-vendors. I had checked and was told that it does work with Win7 and the info on Amazon will be updated, bought it, but when it arrived, the packaging still did not list Win7, so I asked the manufacturer and learned that they view it as Win7 compatible (despite not showing same...), but only with the 32-bit version, NOT tested with 64-bit, and we have 64-bit (Win7 Home Premium) so we returned the software, taking a hit on return shipping costs that neither the vendor nor Amazon would address. The vendor's position was understandable, not frivolous or mean, but also not very gracious. Many people do not have the savvy to even look at system requirements in the first place much less determine 32-bit vs. 64-bit.

Just note that "officially" it is not compatible with Win7 despite that operating system being out for a long while now and being the default system provided with new computers (a very common situation when buying new software...), which is a pretty dumb situation and a likely pitfall for consumers.

Summary: If you have WinXP, etc., it should be a great product. If you have Win7, you are rolling the dice, may work fine or not work
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Attempted to run CyberPatrol 7.7 under windows 7 64-bit. Internet Explorer ended up to be completely unworkable (slow) if any filtering of content was taking place. Once filtering is disabled then IE performance is okay, but whats the point of that. Otherwise I thought the software looked pretty good, but really never got to fully test it.

The CyberPatrol website does NOT make it clear that this software is NOT supported under Win7 64-bit. They just say "Windows 7". Well if your going to put it that way, then I'm going to assume *any* version of Windows 7, not just the 32-bit one. See for yourself - hopefully they fix it: [...]

I tried the mfg suggestion of disabling AV software and clearing temp files and history under IE. Did a complete reinstall after those, but got the same sluggish performance.

The response I got back from tech support: "Also, please note that presently, 64-bit OS's are not officially compatible with, nor supported by CyberPatrol. We have seen some cases where it was successfully installed and functioned on 64-bit Windows 7, but it is not guaranteed to do that, as it was not developed for, nor tested in a 64-bit environment."

If you have Windows 7 64-bit the I'd recommend staying away.
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