Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Norton Parental Controls has been replaced by OnlineFamily.Norton. Please see our review of OnlineFamily.Norton, or one of the Norton flagship products that includes internet filtering:
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With Norton’s knowledge of port controls, it was disappointing to see that no peer–to–peer blocking was implemented. The overblocking worked extremely well. Even though there was no override function for a blocked site, most of the time you wouldn’t need an override.
This product wasn’t as easy to use as some of its competitors’ products. You have to look for certain functions and they are not where you would expect them to be.
There were some major problems during installation and while trying to access the web. The setup took longer than most of the competing products.
The overblocking (websites that were blocked by mistake) worked extremely well. Even though there was no override function for a blocked site, most of the time you wouldn’t need an override. The underblocking (websites that should have been blocked, but were not) left a lot to be desired. Many websites that should have been blocked were allowed through. Most foreign objectionable websites were allowed right through.
As of this review, you can’t just buy the parental controls; you have to buy the entire suite. If you are buying this product, buy it for the Anti–Virus and Firewall, not the parental controls.