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Posted on 2007-04-07
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Is there a firewall I can download (free or not) that will block the websites I specify, even if the computer is linked to a "system" (in this case, it's a school district)?  I downloaded SURFCONTROL and loaded everything, but to continue, it says I need to "Select the Microsoft server SLQ database that SurfControl Web Filter will use".

I used Belarc, and it gave me the following info, but I'm not sure what it all means.

  Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet for hp
 primary   Auto IP Address:  10.40.40.184 / 22
 Gateway:  10.40.40.1
 Dhcp Server:  10.40.40.2
 Physical Address:  00:11:85:0F:B0:85
HP WLAN 802.11a/b/g WL500
 
Networking Dns Server:  10.40.40.2

In the end, is there just a local firewall I can use that "isn't aware" it's connected to the district's system?
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Are you trying to stop websites from being accessed ONLY from your computer?

The program you are installing is designed to protect an entire network. It is asking for a SQL database server it can use for saving all of the data on what websites are being accessed and blocked. You would have to install a SQL database program of some sort such as MSDE and then use that.

But the question is, are you trying to make a SurfControl implementation to protect the entire school, or do you just need an application that can stop people from surfing from your PC to certain places?

Andy
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If you just want software you can run to keep your PC free of unwanted websites, you can try:

http://www.cyberpatrol.com/      (They are SurfControl, but this is a software for PC that protects 1 PC)

http://www.netnanny.com/products/home (Net Nanny is a similar product)

Also, to protect the PC from possible malware for hitting "Bad" websites I'd strongly recommend installing Spybot search and destroy, a program that can "innoculate" your computer against websites that try to install bad things on your computer.

http://www.spybot.info/en/spybotsd/index.html (It's a free product, and it's a great idea to use it in addition to any other programs to protect your PC)
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I should be clearer.  My main concern on this computer is to prevent a user from visiting as site such as Ebay.   The district does not prevent a user from going there.  I want to prevent any user from visiting.
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You want software like the programs I listed. They will allow you full control only on that one computer that allows you to make sure they cannot use stuff like websites, instant messenger, etc. If your concern is ONLY websites in a web browser, the above solutions will still work. They look to offer a free 2 week trial, maybe give that a try and configure it up?

Sounds like it will be fine to me. :)
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