troubleshooting Question

Hosts file website blocking in VISTA

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Ray ErgenbrightFlag for United States of America asked on
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I created a HOSTS file that contains 3 web addresses that I wish to restrict user access. I put the file on two XP workstations and the effectively blocked access to the sites. However I have two Vista machines and when I put the HOSTS file on those machines and typed in the web address, the browser took me to a Google search. The site was listed at the top and I clicked on it. It took me straight to the web site I was trying to block.

The files I want to block are EBAY.com, YOUTUBE.com, and FACEBOOK.com.

I have a linksys WRT120N router and put these addresses in INTERNET ACCESS RESTRICTIONS. But could still type the URL and go straight to the website.

I know that a I can purchase a firewall but is that my only option to restrict access to certain websites by users on a 8 workstation LAN.
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