Blocking certain HTTPS addresses

Hi Experts,

I am running windows xp prof (sp2) and would like to block access to certain "https" addresses.
I this possible to achieve locally?
Note: I have the Zone Alarm Pro firewall installed on the pc.

Thanks,

Neville
N_JoshiAsked:
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and235100Commented:
Not natively in XP.

I don't think the majority of third-party firewalls (such as ZoneAlarm) monitor https:// websites fully - and are unable to block access.

You could however add the https:// addresses to your hosts file - with an address of 127.0.0.1
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and235100Commented:
Find your hosts file at %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\

Open with notepad, make changes and save...
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rindiCommented:
I'm not sure why you would want to block secure sites which https sites are. It would be more logical to block insecure sites (http).

Findo out the corresponding ip address to the site you want to block and then edit the \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file and add the entries there:

xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx  www.NameOfSite.com
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and235100Commented:
e.g.

--------start of hosts file-------
127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 https://secure.example.com
127.0.0.1 https://secure.another1.com
--------end of hosts file--------
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and235100Commented:
Said this rindi...

Refresh the page...
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rindiCommented:
Sorry, my mistake, replace xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx with 127.0.0.1 like mentioned above.
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N_JoshiAuthor Commented:
I would like to block certain remote https proxies. For example:

I typed "127.0.0.1 https://www.megaproxy.com" excatly under "127.0.0.1       localhost", but it did not work.

Am i making some blunder somewhere or can the hosts file not block https requests?
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rindiCommented:
Try without https://, but rather

127.0.0.1    www.megaproxy.com
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N_JoshiAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot,
It has worked now.

Regards,
Neville
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and235100Commented:
No assist with coming up with the answer first?

No surprise there then!

Thanks for nothing. What a waste of my time.

Nice how people repeat the information, then get the points. I wish Experts would read the rules - especially long-term users of EE.

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and235100Commented:
And N_Joshi - don't bother coming back to this website if you are not going to be guided by the etiquette of EE!
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rindiCommented:
Thanks, but I agree you should have split. I can reopen the Q so you can do that.

rindi,
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N_JoshiAuthor Commented:
I am new to experts exchange. Infact your answer has helped me a lot and i am extremely grateful to you for this.

I thanked rindi for his answer because it was the final post which worked for me. This has nothing to do with points. I
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rindiCommented:
So shall I reopen the Question so you can split?
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rindiCommented:
Actually I have already reopened it. So you can do the split now.
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N_JoshiAuthor Commented:
I had no idea i was suppose to take part in giving the points. i am new to EE and thought the points are managed by the moderators.

Since rindi too has taken a part in answering the question, looking at everuthing, rindi should not be given 0 points.

I would give and235100: 225 points and rindi 25 points.
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rindiCommented:
You can do that yourself. accept one answer, and then you should have a split button with which you can select the assisted answers and you can also divide the points the way you like.
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and235100Commented:
If you had looked here before asking a question: http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi69

Then there wouldn't have been any problem.

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N_JoshiAuthor Commented:
If i am to split the points, please let me know.
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and235100Commented:
"....and thought the points are managed by the moderators."

Actually - this is not a bad idea - at least they would do something productive then.
And we wouldn't get issues with points allocations such as this.
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and235100Commented:
Thank you N_Joshi - I am glad you got your problem resolved.
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N_JoshiAuthor Commented:
i have split the points and hope everything is fine now.
Sorry for errors caused from my side.

Thank you,
Neville
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N_JoshiAuthor Commented:
You are welcome, and235100.
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rindiCommented:
Yes, thanks.
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