Written by Pavan Kumar on September 18, 2009
Well, its time for change. We have always discussed about using proxy to open blocked websites or unblock twitter / other sites with proxy servers. There are serious cases when you need to block websites as there is a chance that your computer may be used by kids to browse internet. Always block inappropriate websites and safeguard your kid and / or your credit card 😉
Though there are many commercial softwares available in the market, there are some problems associated with them. To be more particular, many of the softwares are not free and another fair reason is that software blocking can be easily undone if your kid knows which software is used to block sites. This is even worse if the software itself does not have a password lock.
Here is the most easy way to block any website from being accessed on any Windows computer, not just your kid, any non techie person cannot unblock it easily even though the trick is so easy and can be executed in a minute. Here we go with procedure.
Browse on your computer to following location which hold hosts file. Browse according to the OS you are using, the drive letter may change based on your OS installation. If you don’t find any such file, you might need to view hidden files.
Windows Vista C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows XP C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Hosts file has no extensions, so you have to force it open in Notepad or any other text editor.
Once you have opened the file, you will find some details as shown above. Below you can find the IP address of localhost. Then, you add custom lines as below to block the websites of your choice.
Blocking websites this way, makes it impossible to access blocked websites unless you are using an anonymizer service.
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