Does Google Filter Adult Content?

By Alan Sembera

Google's SafeSearch completely blocks adult sites.
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Google's SafeSearch filter can help prevent your search results from getting buried in an avalanche of adult content sites. While Google automatically filters out most adult sites when you enter generic search terms, the SafeSearch feature provides even stricter filtering when you're searching for terms that could be interpreted in more than one way. You can enable or disable the filter at any time.

Navigate to the Google home page, and complete any search to bring up the Google toolbar.

Click the "Gear" icon on the toolbar, and select "Search Settings."

Check the box next to "Filter Explicit Results" to keep adult-content sites from appearing in your search results, or clear the check box to allow adult content. Click the "Save" button to apply the change to future searches on that computer using that particular browser.


Google also offer a "Lock SafeSearch" option on its settings window that allows you to lock the content-filtering setting so that others can't change it. This option, however, has little practical value, as anyone can change the setting simply by clearing your browser's cookies.