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How to block a website ??

by mariasimpson / June 19, 2004 5:45 PM PDT

Hi I don't know where to post this, but hope somebody out there can help. My daughter keeps on going to a Teen website which I don't like, is there a way for me to block the website so she cannot access it anymore? thank you. Maria

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Hosts file.
by Kees Bakker / June 19, 2004 6:47 PM PDT

Yes, there is. You can block the site in the hosts file.

For Windows 98 it's in c:\windows. For XP it's elsewhere but I don't know why, so you have to search for it in Explorer. It's just hosts (not hosts.dat or hosts.txt). See if you have it. There might be a host.sam (sample) with one example and instructions.

All you've got to do is add 1 line like
127.0.0.1 www.myteenagesite.com
and it will be blocked.

Follow the link in http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=25637&messageID=287527&tag=srch to download a proven anti-malware hosts-file. It blocks sites considered harmful. You can edit it as you like, and add your own sites as shown above.

A google search for HOSTS will provide a lot of information also.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Great tutorial on HOSTS files
by LarryD / June 19, 2004 7:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Hosts file.
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Content advisor.
by Kees Bakker / June 19, 2004 7:43 PM PDT

A good alternative is to use the Content Advisor feature of Internet Explorer 6.0 to block individual websites. See http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/using/howto/security/contentadv/config.mspx
for a good introduction.

Note the difference:
- Usings hosts will result in a 'page not found' error.
- Using Content Advisor will ask for a password

Also remember that your daughter can view the sites you block on any other computer, say at school or with a friend. Parental control is only limited.

Kees

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Avoid the 'Page not found'...
by Edward ODaniel / June 20, 2004 4:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Content advisor.

rather than using a normally accepted format on the hosts file such as:

0.0.0.0 123banners.com
or
127.0.0.1 123banners.com

use one like
198.187.189.83 123banners.com (takes one to the Walt Disney Kid's site)
198.187.190.55 123banners.com (takes you to the same place through a redirect)

One can actually have fun with their hosts! Wink

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How to block a website ??
by mariasimpson / June 20, 2004 11:16 PM PDT

Thank you very much for all the replies, will try all the suggestions. Maria

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