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I am looking for inexpensive web filtering and monitoring software that can be controlled at the user level on my windows 2003 domain.  I would prefer hosted software so that computers outside the domain can be monitored as well.  I have tried opendns.com but have not been a fan yet.  What are other options out there?  Thanks...
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Untangle.  It's free, very easy to use and configure and very efective.  

http://www.untangle.com

Good luck.
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To be more specific, Untangle is a linux distribution that we use as our firewall, but the lite distribution comes with web filtering, spam filtering, anti-virus, anti-spyware and much more.
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Very interesting.  I have it installed...not sure how it works in terms of blocking traffic because I set it up and it just started working without doing anything else to my network.  However, I can't figure out how to make it user level blocking.  For example, I don't want my computer blocked, or at least on a lesser level.
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Another low cost option is DansGuardian.  It is linux based and does require some tweaking to get it just right, but there are lots of walk throughs and step by steps if you have very little or no linux experience.  It is NOT free for commercial use, but less than $100 for a single organization with less than 100 users.  http://dansguardian.org/?page=buying   You do need to provide your own hardware, but if you are running ubuntu for the OS the specs of the system can be quite low.  It does work very well under a virtualized session(that is how I set it up)  also if you are inclined to do so.  It does support per machine or per user filtering and offers different levels of filtration based on groups that you create.
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For user level web filtering what I do is assign my computer a reserved IP address (or you could simply put in a static IP address).  Then go into the web filter component and click on the "Pass Lists" tab, then enter the IP address of your computer in the "Edit Passed Client IP's".
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I would recommend "WFilter Enterprise", or "Websense".

These two products allow you to monitor internet traffic from a mirroring port, which is easier to deploy, and can be integrated with your AD.
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I appreciate everyone's help, but at this time none of these solutions are what I am looking for.  I think I found something pretty good in GFI web monitor.  My problem with the free one above is that it does not have user level control, just computer level control.  None of the rest really met the criteria I set above either.  I certainly apologize for taking anyone's time.  Thanks for your responses.
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There didn't seem to be anyone that addressed all of my concerns.  I found a solution on my own that seemed to work best.  Thanks for the help though!
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