Block Unwanted Sites on Your PC

Satheesh C B | Thursday, June 12, 2008 | 0 comments

1. Know the list of sites you want to block make sure your computer has an internet connection.

2. Start > Run > type nslookup

3. Note down this IP address for future reference type in the name of the site you want to send them to when they visit one of the sites you don’t want them to go to. Ie. www.google.com etc…

4. Found on XP Find the “HOSTS” file on your PC.It will be located under  C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\etc

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5. Double Click on the file named “HOSTS”, there is no extension for this file. Select NOTEPAD to open and edit this file with Your PC should ask what program you want to open this file with. Select “Browse” and the select Notepad as the program you want to use.

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6. Basic HOST file setup there is some basic instructions on how to enter things in here. 127.0.0.1 is the universal IP address for the “loop back address” on every windows PC in the world. By using this entry, any request to a certain address will send the request back to your PC.

7. Don’t just block them, send them somewhere useful Start by entering the IP address you jotted down earlier. Followed by the name of the site you want to block

8. One drawback to this is that you will need to enter the domain name twice Once as the domain name, and once with WWW in it.

10. Save the file.

11. Open browser and try to visit the site, you should be redirected back to where you wanted them to go. if you use 127.0.0.1 and are not running a web server on your computer then your browser should return the standard ( 404 page not found error )

Useful link:Hosts File FAQ

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