Here's the story.
I am currently using a Dell Inspiron B130 Notebook (Windows XP, SP2). I use it wireless using Intel PROSet Wireless. It connects with a Netgear WGR614 v6 Wireless Router. The Netgear router is connected to a Westell 6100 modem/router for Verizon DSL. The Westell moden/router has an ip of 192.168.1.1 so I had to change the ip of the Netgear Wireless Router to 192.168.7.1 If I change the DNS Client to Manual or Disable, I do NOT connect. I have to repair it with the Wireless Network Connection Program. When it's complete, it say it could not clear the DNS Cache, please check with the person that set up your program. If I leave the DSN Client on Automatic, I can connect most of the time, however if I need to go to CMD and type ipconfig /flushdns it will work. If on manual or disable I cannot use that command.
Phone line >>> Westell 6100 >>> Netgear WGR614 v6 >>> Wireless and Wired
I just wanted to block a few websites like myspace.com and a few others that get by that I find with the spyware removal tools.
I tried the WinsockXPfix tool and tried to back up the registry first. Got error message for all 7 items. I then clicked repair and it repaired it, I heard a ding. Then it prompted me to restart my computer, which I did. It would not connect. It couldn't find an ip address for me at all. I tried ipconfig /release and it told me it was already released. I then tried ipconfig /renew and it would not work. I had to use system restore to get things back to normal.
Can I just use the hosts file and just make it smaller to suit my needs?
If I can use a smaller Hosts file, do I still need to change the DSN Client to Manual or disable or can I leave it on automatic?
Depending on what your answers are, I will then have to make a decision on that.
I can block these websites on the Netgear router but...my wife doesn't want me to (and it also blocks the other computer that's wired to the Netgear Router). I am trying to keep this to the older computer. I end up with browser helpers and for the first time, I have found something using C W Shredder. I do NOT want this on the Notebook. I even went as far as entering them into the restricted sites, but it seems to let you there. I even entered the into Mozilla Firefox and I can still go there. I have to do this in such a way that the Notebook is protected from going to myspace.com and so it can block the few other websites. I don't care if it goes on the old desktop and gets tons of spyware, I do not have them networked, just sharing the internet connnection.
What is the next step to try? I will back up the computer with System Restore before I try the next thing.