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Using hosts file to stop myspace usage

All our users are thin client users.
We do not have any web filtering so I would like to stop them from using myspace by the hosts file
I did a whois for www.myspace.com and it comes up with
So I tried to build the hosts file to say

I thought by doing this it would send myspace requests to the localhost which is a dead page.
However, it is not working.  What did I do wrong???
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You're mapping an IP to an IP - that won't work - you need to map an IP to a NAME

Try:     www.myspace.com

This says when "www.myspace.com" is in need of resolving, resolve it to

You might also want to add:   myspace.com
I would try:      myspace.com

This should redirect all subdomains myspace might have outside of www.myspace.com. I would also put the entry in the lmhosts file as well for good measure.
your entry should be     localhost  http://www.myspace.com

You have to flush the DNS cache before it will use the host file. Open run and type ipconfig /flushdns.

Alternately there is a great free service that can provide content filtering service site wide. The address is

Hope this Helps,

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Putting the entry in LMHOSTS is pointless - that for Windows name resolution on the local network.  And overcld9's post is incorrect.  While you SHOULD have an entry for localhost, you would NOT have http:// in it AND, keep in mind - the idea is to BLOCK access to MySpace - a corrected entry (without http://) would actually guarantee access if DNS failed.
Sorry I gave you the wrong entry for my space .. you would want to change the ip addess for myspace.com .. I wouldn't use as there are a number of apps that use the localhost designation.

for myspace localhost myspace.com

btw .. is disney.com

funny I was fixing the post before I noticed any one else was commenting ...
Michael WorshamInfrastructure / Solutions ArchitectCommented:
An easy solution would be setting up an open source (aka free) Untangle application server between your router and your internal network in transparent bridge mode. The Untangle appliance has a Web Content Control module that blocks user access to specific Internet websites. The Web Content Control also enables you to choose among these categories to define web content control policies in your workplace. can can use custom URL blocklists for hosts, domains, and file types to block additional content.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Actually, if you're trying to redirect, I to another page, I would suggest creating a web page on your intranet that explains the acceptable use policy for your internet connection... then redirect your users to THAT page.
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