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Subject: How to Disable the Content Advisor Password in Internet Explorer
Keywords: content advisor disable password internet explorer password
Tech Article Number: WBTA00000911

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This fix will work in all versions of Windows and all versions of Internet Explorer (Pay attention to the notes for versions 4 and older)

The content advisor in Internet Explorer can become corrupt, or kids may enter a password in there and neglect to tell their parents causing the content advisor window to ask for a password to any website.

The following are steps you can take to disable the content advisor:

  1. Click on Start and choose Run.
  2. Type in RegEdit and select OK.
  3. Click the plus sign for H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  4. Continue down through:
    +H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    +Software
    +Microsoft
    +Windows
    +CurrentVersion
    +Policies
  5. Click on the Ratings folder.
  6. In the right pane of the RegEdit window, you'll see an icon called Key.
    Click on it and press Delete.
  7. Exit the registry editor
  8. Restart the computer and run Internet Explorer again.
  9. Choose Tools, then Internet Options (View > Options in IE 4 and below)
  10. Click on the Content (Security in IE 4 and below) tab and if the 'Enable/Disable' button still says Disable, click on it.
    When asked for a password, just enter a null (blank) password.

This will disable Content Advisor because there's no longer a password.


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