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Old 07-16-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Revere, MA
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I need to block some sites on my computer. I googled this and I tried going through the command prompt and typing 127.0.0.1 etc and also tried going into the internet options box and typing in the sites name and adding it to the block list, but when I type the site in my browser I am still being allowed to go to it....I did restart my computer to see if the changes would take effect but I guess it is not working
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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I need to block some sites on my computer. I googled this and I tried going through the command prompt and typing 127.0.0.1 etc and also tried going into the internet options box and typing in the sites name and adding it to the block list, but when I type the site in my browser I am still being allowed to go to it....I did restart my computer to see if the changes would take effect but I guess it is not working
You could edit the 'hosts' file to redirect the url to a different ip address (such as the local machine 127.0.0.1, or google)..

HOSTS file
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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Or do what I do and use this one:

Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File

It blocks a lot of garbage and the sites you are concerned about might just be included.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Revere, MA
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Yes, i tried to do that. It tells me the path and file name are not correct.
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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Or do what I do and use this one:

Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File

It blocks a lot of garbage and the sites you are concerned about might just be included.
Or/and use this OpenDNS | Internet Navigation And Security and block whole categories of sites, such as porn, file sharing, etc. and they keep everything updated. There is a free version for individuals, and it will protect all computers you have if you configured DNS in your router to use their DNS servers.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Are you are using Win7? If so, you cannot easily edit the hosts file.

You could add the site you want to block to the .txt file then follow the instructions on the site MVPS site (How To: Update the HOSTS file in Windows Win7) for saving it in the proper location.
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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I'm going to second using OpenDNS, far simpler for the novice and much more control.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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One more recommendation for OpenDNS... If you're techie enough to use and understand your hosts file, then you can get OpenDNS working.

My only gripe with it is that it'll resolve names that shouldn't be resolvable. Sometimes I actually WANT that SERVFAIL response...
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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One more recommendation for OpenDNS... If you're techie enough to use and understand your hosts file, then you can get OpenDNS working.

My only gripe with it is that it'll resolve names that shouldn't be resolvable. Sometimes I actually WANT that SERVFAIL response...
You did notice this thread is a year old, brought back to life by a spammer (which I reported).
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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You did notice this thread is a year old, brought back to life by a spammer (which I reported).
Nope, I didn't. Doesn't hurt to have the info there, though. A lot of people find these old threads via search engines.
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