Disable Facebook Applications on the Network

Is it possible to only block Facebook apps but not facebook?

We have a relatively liberal computer use policy.  Facebook is allowed but I want to disable the facebook gaming and (to a lesser extent chat).

Is there something I can do to allow people to comment and update statuses but disable Farmtown  and the like?

Also is it possible to disable gmail chat (not the google chat app because I won't let them install it)?  

Thanks,
JOe K.
ClaudeWalkerAsked:
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OnityCommented:
you could try blocking the address http://apps.facebook.com , i m not sure about the chat though.

I ve just tested adding apps.facebook.com to the restricted sites in internet explorer and it wouldn't load farmville, not sure about other browsers through i ll have a test later when i have more time :)
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OnityCommented:
another alternative is to add "127.0.0.1 apps.facebook.com" to the hosts file of the computer (ive just tested this on win 7 but should work on xp as well) the advantage of doing it this way is you could have the address route to an internal webpage saying don't play games...
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ClaudeWalkerAuthor Commented:
Good idea.  I'll give it a try.  Any ideas on google chat.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Block the following:
talk.google.com:443
talk.google.com:5222
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Plus the apps here: http:Q_21766604.html
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ClaudeWalkerAuthor Commented:
I just found this:


Disabling chat features for your entire network

We understand that it's sometimes necessary to disable instant messaging services on a network. If you need to prevent users on your network from chatting, we suggest blocking DNS look-ups to the following domains by returning 127.0.0.1.

    * To block Gmail chat: chatenabled.mail.google.com
    * To block iGoogle and orkut chat: talkgadget.google.com
    * To block the Google Talk client and other desktop clients: talk.google.com and talkx.l.google.com


Thanks guys!
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