How to Set Strict SafeSearch Results on Web Search for Windows 11


According to Internet Live Stats, 102,920 searches are performed on Google every second. When we need to find something, our first port of call is usually the search engine of our choice.

But the web also contains a lot of adult content that you and your family wouldn’t find suitable, especially age-inappropriate content that your kids shouldn’t watch. However, you can customize web search for your family and prevent adult content from showing up on your child’s PC. Let’s explore how.

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If you’ve been around Windows 11, chances are you’ve noticed that the search bar can search the web. And if you enter adult terms in the search bar, Windows 11 will offer age-inappropriate content in response.

That’s where enabling SafeSearch comes in. Once enabled, it will block adult content from your web previews so your family won’t find something they’re not supposed to when searching. with Windows 11.


Windows Search uses Bing to determine if search results include sensitive content before presenting them in web previews. If Bing determines that the results are deemed to include adult content, the preview pane will instead display a View web results so you can open the results in your web browser instead.

Windows SafeSearch settings allow you to change your search filter levels to suit your needs. Here’s how:

  1. Hurry Win + I keys together to open Settings.
  2. In the left pane, select Privacy and Security, and in the menu that opens, select Search permissions.
  3. The Search permissions settings will open and you will see the three Safe Search settings:

  • strict– filters adult text, images and videos from your search results.
  • Moderate– filters adult images and videos, but not text, out of your search results. This is the default setting and will be enabled.
  • Stopped — does not filter adult content.

You can now choose between these three parameters to filter the search according to your needs. If you select strict, your setting will be shared with Bing in your browser. And this Strict setting on your PC will override your Bing SafeSearch setting on the Bing.com Settings page.

If you select Moderate Where StoppedBing search will default to your Bing SafeSearch setting on the Bing.com Settings page.

You can set a Strict filter to restrict abusive and adult content or images with extreme violence for the PCs your children or family members use.

How to Lock Windows SafeSearch to Ensure Safe and Strict Results on Your Child’s PC

Although you can choose to set the Strict filter for your child’s PC, it can be changed easily in Windows settings. However, there is a way to lock down the strict search for a PC – surely you would want this for your children of a vulnerable age.


To ensure strictly safe search results for your children’s computers, you can map www.bing.com to strict.bing.com. Only users who are administrators on the PC can undo this change.

Here’s how to lock SafeSearch for your child’s PC:

  1. To research Notepad on your Windows computer.
  2. Right click on Notepad and choose Execute as administrator to open Notepad.
  3. Click on Yes when Windows asks if you want this program to make any changes.
  4. In Notepad, click Case then on Open to open your hosts file. A hosts file is a text file that stores information used to map servers or hostnames to IP addresses. By editing the hosts file, you can trick your computer into looking directly at the IP address you specify. In most Windows installations, the hosts file is located in C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts. (If Windows is in a different location, you can find the hosts file by typing the following command in the command prompt: cd /d %systemroot%system32driversetc).
  5. If you don’t see the hosts file or you see a blank window, edit the Text documents (*.txt) Possibility of All the files.
  6. Then type ordered in Windows Search, then tap Walk in.
  7. In the command prompt window, type:
    ping strict.bing.com

    Type it exactly as you see it above, with a space after the word ping. Note the resulting IP address that appears. It will look like this: 204.79.197.220.

  8. Now create an entry at the end of the hosts file that looks like this:
    204.79.197.220 www.bing.com
  9. To finish, to safeguard the file. Windows will now use strict.bing.com to ensure strict SafeSearch results on your child’s PC.


If you ever want to undo this change, you can delete the entry you made in the hosts file and save the file.

According to Microsoft:

The SafeSearch setting filters explicit results, such as pornography or violent content, to prevent them from appearing in your search results. Although no filter is 100% accurate, enabling this setting allows you to avoid explicit content when performing a search.

How to Set Up Google SafeSearch on Your Child’s Windows 11 PC

Google is the most popular search engine, and you and your family will use it to search for many things every day. Your kids may be using it for schoolwork, learning new things, and exploring fun content and games.

Google also integrates SafeSearch to protect your children online. However, SafeSearch can be disabled without much difficulty, especially when your kids are browsing without logging into an account. So you can lock SafeSearch on your child’s PC to filter out adult content.

You can do this by mapping Google domains to forcesafesearch.google.com. This method leverages SafeSearch’s virtual IP address to force all users on your network to use SafeSearch on Google Search while allowing a secure connection via Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). It works for all browsers on your PC and only device administrators can undo this change.

Here’s how to apply Google SafeSearch on your child’s Windows PC:

  1. To research Notepad on your Windows computer.
  2. Right-click on Notepad and choose Execute as administrator.
  3. Click on Yes when Windows asks if you want this program to make any changes.
  4. In Notepad, open your hosts case. In most Windows installations, it is located at C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts. (If Windows is in a different location, you can find the hosts file by typing the following command in the command prompt: cd /d %systemroot%system32driversetc).
  5. Click the Windows key, type ordered, and press Enter. This will open the command prompt.
  6. Enter the command:
    ping forcesafesearch.google.com

    Note the IP address, which will look like: 216.239.38.120.

  7. Create an entry at the end of the hosts file with the IP address you obtained, like:
    216. 239.120 www.google.com #forcesafesearch

    You can also copy this line for any other Google country domain you like, for example, www.google.co.uk

  8. To finish, to safeguard the hosts file.

To confirm that SafeSearch is enabled, go to google.com and verify that SafeSearch is enabled by default and cannot be disabled.

Remember that SafeSearch may not block all adult content. As Google says:

Although SafeSearch is not 100% accurate, it is designed to help block explicit results, like pornography, from your Google search results.

Secure the web search for your family and children

Today, the web is like a lifeline, connecting us and our families to sources of information, knowledge, art, technology, games and entertainment. However, many contents are bad and unsuitable for your loved ones, especially innocent children.

It’s best to keep them safe while they’re using the PC or browsing online, and you can do that with Bing and Google SafeSearch settings.

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