How to Turn Off a Smart Filter

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How to Turn Off a Smart Filter
Turn off a Smart Filter setting on your network by using a Web proxy. (Internet image by arabesque from

You will find the need to turn off a McAfee Smart Filter restrictive setting when you are unable to access useful and informative Web content through your network. The Smart Filter security product is used by network managers to filter websites that could damage a network, or sites that host inappropriate content; however, Smart Filter may occasionally restrict reliable and forthcoming Web destinations. If you are faced with this type of situation, you can successfully turn off a Smart Filter setting on your network by using a proxy site to access the restricted Web content.

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    Navigate to the proxy site to swiftly turn off the Smart Filter restrictions on your network (see Resources). is a free proxy that will allow you to surf the worldwide Web regardless of the restrictions administered on your network. When you browse through your information and surfing activities will be kept secure and anonymous.

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    Type the address of the online destination Smart Filter is blocking in the text bar featured on the lower, left side of the screen. The text bar will have the YouTube URL already displayed in it.

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    Click the "Begin Browsing" tab and standby while turns off the Smart Filter restrictions on your network and sends you to the Web page you could not access.

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    Visit the proxy website to turn off the Smart Filter settings hindering your Web browsing restrictions (see Resources). offers its visitor a gateway to turn off any Internet filtering software including Smart Filter settings. When you access websites through the server, your IP address is kept hidden to ensure your anonymity and security.

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    Enter the URL address of the site Smart Filter is denying you access to in the dark blue text bar displayed at the bottom of the page.

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    Click the button next to the text bar that says "Go!" and will turn off the Smart Filter setting and redirect your desired Internet destination.

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    Go to and turn off the Internet filters stemming from the Smart Filter software (see Resources). With you can unblock Web content on any network and turn off the Smart Filter restrictions crippling your browsing abilities. also keeps you anonymous by using its IP address instead of yours when surfing to any website.

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    Type the URL of the website your are unable to view due to Smart Filter in the inconspicuous text box placed in the centre of the page below where it says "Enter URL."

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    Click the "Browse" button next to the text box and the Smart Filter restrictions will be turned off so you can access the website you needed to use.

Tips and warnings

  • Network administrators may easily turn off a Smart Filter security setting through the software's interface; however, a network admin will not turn off the security setting on a network because the rest of the network will become exposed. Therefore, the most viable way to turn off a Smart Filter is to use a proxy site.
  • Visit the website to access more proxy sites you can use to turn off a Smart Filter block on your network.

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