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Garethm1976
Hi,
Not sure if anyone can help me with this, but what I want to do is restrict certain websites from being viewed on a pc.
I have a Dlink G604 T ADSL Router with 3 pc's connected to it, it is one of these pc's that I want to put the restriction on.
I also have Mcafee Security Suite but the privacy service on that is too harsh, as it is only certain sites that I need to block.
I have also tried going into my host file (c:windows/system32/drivers/etc) and typed in 127.0.0.2 upwards and put the websites in after each ip (example 127.0.0.4 www.mymadeupsite.com) but that does not seem to work, I really dont want to download anymore software.
Hopefully can someone help me ??

Thank you for any help you can give.
wumingsden
Garethm1976 wrote:
Hi,
Not sure if anyone can help me with this, but what I want to do is restrict certain websites from being viewed on a pc.
I have a Dlink G604 T ADSL Router with 3 pc's connected to it, it is one of these pc's that I want to put the restriction on.
I also have Mcafee Security Suite but the privacy service on that is too harsh, as it is only certain sites that I need to block.
I have also tried going into my host file (c:windows/system32/drivers/etc) and typed in 127.0.0.2 upwards and put the websites in after each ip (example 127.0.0.4 www.mymadeupsite.com) but that does not seem to work, I really dont want to download anymore software.
Hopefully can someone help me ??

Thank you for any help you can give.


What about ZoneAlarm? You can a block a lot of catagories, some of which include the following catagories:

gambling, instant chat, porn, nudity, free downloads, occult, illigal stuff, gay and lesbian, jokes, hacking/proxies, streaming, pay 2 surf sites, religion, political, games, weapons, violence and .....
web hosting Confused

The list goes on. The site will be impossible to enter and to get to it you will have to un-check on what to block, which requires a password.
Garethm1976
Quote:
What about ZoneAlarm? You can a block a lot of catagories, some of which include the following catagories:

gambling, instant chat, porn, nudity, free downloads, occult, illigal stuff, gay and lesbian, jokes, hacking/proxies, streaming, pay 2 surf sites, religion, political, games, weapons, violence and .....
web hosting

The list goes on. The site will be impossible to enter and to get to it you will have to un-check on what to block, which requires a password.


Its only about 5 different websites I want to block, cos my younger brothers keeps going on them and my mum has asked is there anyway of doing it, Its not specific catagories ie online gambling etc just these sites.
Thanks
wumingsden
It should work, don't know why it wouldn't. I don't know a thing about routers but maybe you can change your IP to localhost ?
Garethm1976
Quote:
It should work, don't know why it wouldn't. I don't know a thing about routers but maybe you can change your IP to localhost ?



I have figured out that adding the website address into the HOSTS file only seems to work if the sites start with www it doesnt seem to work when the sites start http://manchester........ if that makes sense, so I am really baffled now. Confused

Thanks again for the replies
Bones
Put a keylogger on the system and have your mother tell him that if he visits the sites again that he wont be allowed on the pc.

AFAIK there is no effective way in Windows to block specific sites that he will not be able to easily undo. If you really need to block specific sites then you are going to need some software
andycool87
try net nanny ... works wonders
arclight
You can try net nanny. Or if you dont want to go for this then you can always utilise the content advisor in internet explorer and specify the sites that you want to block. The two drawbacks with this option are that each time a blocked site is opened, IE asks for password and although the user wont be able to access it but he'll come to know that someone has blocked it intentionally. Secondly if a person knows well about windows and registry then he can disable content advisor by deleting a registry key.
Ratman2050
Bones wrote:
Put a keylogger on the system and have your mother tell him that if he visits the sites again that he wont be allowed on the pc.

AFAIK there is no effective way in Windows to block specific sites that he will not be able to easily undo. If you really need to block specific sites then you are going to need some software


DO NOT PUT A KEYLOGGER on your system.
Keyloggers are not good programs, sometimes they cause errors in your firewall as when you use a remote one.
In internet explorer there is a Privacy and Security tab. In Tools button.
In there you can add a list of sites you can block.
Put a password on to change it as well.

In Internet Explorer::
Go to Tools
Then Internet Options at the bottom
Then go to Security
Then go to Restricted Sites( It should be a red icon)
Then add a Site to the list or more
At the moment I forgot how to add a password, I did this to my sister a while ago sorry.
But that should help.
Bones
arclight wrote:
You can try net nanny. Or if you dont want to go for this then you can always utilise the content advisor in internet explorer and specify the sites that you want to block. The two drawbacks with this option are that each time a blocked site is opened, IE asks for password and although the user wont be able to access it but he'll come to know that someone has blocked it intentionally. Secondly if a person knows well about windows and registry then he can disable content advisor by deleting a registry key.


The problem with content advisor is that it only works for web sites that use content ratings. Unless of course you want to manually specify which sites are allowe and which ones are blocked.

The other problem with content advisor, is that anyone with 2 clues can bypass it in about 30 seconds.

Errors in your firewall caused by keyloggers? I suppose if one was designed to corrupt your firewall, but then thats your own fault for not being careful with what software you install, or not scanning it. Not all keyloggers are malicious, and many network admins use them.
Indyan
If you use Opera Browser ( www.opera.com) just use its content blocker.
For eg. if you want to ban frihost ( i know you dont want to do that Razz ), you will need to add something like this
*frihost.com/*
mathiaus
I've never used D-link myself so I was hoping like my router they would have a website filter. After a little research it seems they dont though they do have a basic filter so if you can find out the IP address of the server the domain points too you will be able to block it Smile

find the ip
windows: start->run->cmd (type it)->ping domain.com (again type it)
should come up saying pinging domain.com [IP], you want the bit in the square brackets

block it
in the browser go to your http setup for the router -> advanced -> ip filters
outbound block
choose either your whole network to block it from or a particular pc
the ip of the server
should only reallly need to block port 80 destination but may as well block it all
TCP
block
then click apply and it should now block that site Very Happy
Agent ME
Elaborating on the above post - most routers you need to go to http://192.168.1.1/ or similar and type "admin" as the password to get into settings.
lookahead
Use Content advisor feature of Internet Explorer(IE)
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