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how to block and allow sites through the host file

I need to be able to block users from accessing websites.

We have 3 websites we want to allow access to, but the rest to be blocked.

How do I do this.

I know there is ISA server but we only have sbs 2003 standard.

ive also looked at web filtering programs and they all look quote big and bulky.

ideally we would like to this through the server, but Im ok doing it on each client.
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Cheryl Lander
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Doc_McAlisterCommented:
If they are limited to Internet Explorer this would work:

http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/browser/restrictie.html
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Cheryl LanderAuthor Commented:
NO they use firefox also
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Netman66Commented:
Winproxy might be in the cards for you then.

www.winproxy.com

It's not all that expensive and works very well.  Simple to use also.

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Cheryl LanderAuthor Commented:
Cant buy it anymore.
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Netman66Commented:
Hmmm...I had no idea...too bad really.

If you're a hardcore tech, you may want to try SquidNT:

http://squid.acmeconsulting.it/SquidNT25.html

It's not simple, but it's free.

Or try CCProxy if you like/need a GUI.

http://www.youngzsoft.net/ccproxy/
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Cheryl LanderAuthor Commented:
SO is there no way to do it via hosts file
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Netman66Commented:
HOSTS simply redirects "blocked" sites to localhost (127.0.0.1) - you cannot include every site on the Internet except 3 - it's not practical.

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Cheryl LanderAuthor Commented:
ok cool.

I thought we might be able to do a wildcard etc.

im looking into cc proxy. thanks.
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