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Should I remove Net Nanny?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #24,270
United States Rank #14,141
Reach 0.0076%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.82 days
348.77 days >
Average installed length: 183.25 days


VersionDistribution 0.68% 17.01% 3.40% 21.09% 1.36% 6.12% 2.04% 2.04% 2.04% 3.40% 20.41% 0.68% 2.72% 14.29% 2.72%

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Net Nanny

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Net Nanny is a program developed by ContentWatch. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is agent.exe. The software installer includes 39 files and is usually about 79.29 MB (83,139,469 bytes). updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 87% of users of Net Nanny come from the United States, it is also popular in Netherlands and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.contentwatch.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ContentWatch\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{757C330E-5EBD-4F54-9A17-EA392132612E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Warning, the uninstaller has been known to not fully remove the program.
Estimated size: 79.29 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Net Nanny

Program executable:agent.exe
Additional files:
  • updater.exe - Net Nanny (updater
  • cwagent.exe - Net Nanny Parental Controls
  • cwdaemon.exe
  • cwregistration.exe
  • cwupdater.exe
  • cwupdateragent.exe
  • cw_ie_bho.dll
  • cw_ie_bho32.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • cw_ie_bho32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Net Nanny Enhanced' with the class of {04530550-d6b5-49be-a534-555fc991eab2}.
2 Services
  • cwupdater.exe runs as a service named 'ContentWatch Updater Daemon' (CWUpdaterDaemon) "Provides update capability for the ContentWatch family of products.".
  • cwdaemon.exe runs as a service named 'ContentWatch Daemon' (CWDaemon) "Provides support for the ContentWatch family of products.".

How do I remove Net Nanny?

Quickly and completely remove Net Nanny from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Net Nanny from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Net Nanny, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Net Nanny.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Net Nanny you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 10 71%
Win XP 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 70.75%
Windows 7 27.89%
Windows Vista 0.68%
Windows XP 0.68%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 31.29%
Windows 8.1 18.37%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.61%
Windows 7 Professional 10.88%
Windows 10 Pro 7.48%
Windows 8 4.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

86.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 86.84%
  Netherlands 2.19%
  Canada 2.19%
  Australia 1.75%
  United Kingdom 1.32%
  Ireland 0.88%
  Israel 0.44%
  Turkey 0.44%
  Costa Rica 0.44%
  Pakistan 0.44%
  Sweden 0.44%
  Poland 0.44%
  Romania 0.44%
  Hong Kong 0.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 41.07%
Dell 24.11%
ASUS 10.71%
Lenovo 8.93%
Toshiba 8.93%
Acer 1.79%
Samsung 0.89%
Sony 0.89%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard 700-010xt 5.08%
HP Compaq dc7900 Small Fo... 3.39%
Dell Inspiron 3847 2.54%
Dell XPS 8700 2.54%
Dell Inspiron N5110 1.69%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55D-A 1.69%


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