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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Sep 15, 2010
    Locked out of my Imac
    Out of curiosity I decided to check out the parental control feature on my IMac.
    Huge mistake.....

    I have an admin account on my imac, and my son
    's that is it. I wanted to see if I could block certain sites from coming up....

    Well, I clicked to turn on the parental controls on my admin account and now it will not let me turn it off. It comes up with the login to put in account name and password, it will not take it!

    I know my account name and password, but I am now stuck in parental mode with no way of turning it off?

    I feel like an idiot and in the meantime I cannot do anything!

    What is the best way to correct this?
    Thanks for any help.

  2. #2

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    I thought you could not enable parental controls on an admin account.

    Are you sure you are in your admin account or have switched back to your sons account
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  3. #3

    Member Since
    Sep 15, 2010
    It definately locked out my admin account, it didn't even give me a warning .

    I rebooted from the start up disk using C, hoping I could make a new admin account but it would only give me an option of changing the password, I know my password so that wasn't the issue....

  4. #4

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Been using Time Machine? If you've been making backups, just restore back before the problem occurred.

    And, I agree with louishen. You should not be locked out of your Admin account by setting parental controls. ?? Try creating another admin account. Then log on to the new admin account and see if you can remove the parental controls from the original admin account that way. If not, you may be forced to reinstall.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Feb 05, 2013
    Locked out of Admin Account because set Parental Controls
    You can DEFINITELY be locked out because of setting parental controls. I thought I was setting them for my son's account. When I clicked them on, the box by 'Allow user to administer this computer' was unchecked. It didn't ask if this was what I wanted to do at all!

    This is an incredibly poor design flaw...

    So now I can not get into my preferences or do anything that requires a password. Lovely. So there is nothing to do but reinstall and lose what hasn't been backed up? No other options?

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