Blue coat k9 web protection is an open source software that can be used to block any website or type of websites on your computer and it also logs your Internet activity. It’s a very useful and robust application (you can’t remove k9 web protection easily without password) that can help administrator to regulate web browsing on his/her computer. It makes web browsing suitable for children at home, for employees at office and for students at colleges.
NOTE: I may refer to “Blue coat K9 web protection software” as “k9 web protection” or “k9 protection” or just “k9″. They are same.
Why I am sharing these k9 removing hacks ?
If someone, an ex-employee or unknown person had installed it on your computer ? Of course you’ll not be comfortable with it or if you want to visit a blocked website, you have to enter password each time that you don’t know. So, you can uninstall it but unfortunately again it will ask password. It’s a crap now I am going to provide you a few ways to remove it without password and administrator privilege. Note: Removing is different from un-installing.
Message: Please do not remove k9 web protection from your computers as your parents had installed it only for your welfare.
By-pass k9 web protection
If you want to visit a blocked website then you don’t need to remove k9, the quick solution is to open a proxy website and connect to required site. A proxy website is website that connects you to a specific website from their computers and provides the same functionality.
Click here to Access Blocked Websites with Proxy Websites.
If you want to remove k9 protection from your computer, you have to delete all working files of Blue coat K9 web protection but unless the program is running you can’t delete or modify any file and the rule is applied to most of programs. K9 begins active when you start your system and you have to stop it.
Remove k9 by booting system in safe mode
Start your computer in safe mode. Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started and therefore k9 doesn’t run automatically. Now you can remove k9 web protection by deleting its folder from C:\program files\Blue coat, restart your computer in normal mode and you are free from k9 protection and now you can do unrestricted browsing.
Safe mode steps: Go to start then open ‘Help and Support’ or just press F1 on desktop and search ‘Start your computer in safe mode’.
If your are lazy or unable to find safe mode boot menu then there is a shortcut for you (NOT RECOMMENDED). Just power off your system directly (without shutting down) and you will be at Advanced Boot Options next time when you boot the system, choose safe mode and delete K9 folder. Simple!
Remove k9 by renaming it
Goto C:\program files\blue coat k9 web protection\ and delete as many as files you can delete, rename the remaining files (rename k9 filter.exe to k9 filter.xxxx ) change the extension so that it is no more remain an executable(.exe) file.
Now, goto C:\windows\system32\drivers it may be D: or any other drive. You must locate to ..\windows\system32\drivers. Now look for the “bckd.sys” file
and move this file to a different folder then restart.
After restart, for safe play delete the remaining k9 files and log folder from C:\program files\blue coat k9 web protection\ folder and now you can enjoy unrestricted browsing.
Restoring your system to Remove k9
System Restore is a utility that helps us to restore our computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. It’s a way to undo system changes to our computer without affecting our personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or any photo.
Now you have to restore your system to a date prior than when k9 was installed and it will completely remove k9 from your system.
Win 7 : Goto start > all programs > accessories > system tools > restore system
Win xp : start > run and paste the command %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
Reinstall k9 Web Protection to Own it
Visit www1.k9webprotection.com/get-k9-web-protection-free and fill the License Request with your information (correct email necessary) and request it. Open your email, now you have a license, download k9 and run it, enter license and now k9 is yours. Configure it and enjoy.