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Blocking Websites on Individual PC's

Posted on 2011-03-01
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Hello,

Does anyone knows how to filter/block Internet content on individual PC's - e.g. how to block Facebook, YouTube on some PC's on the network, but not others.

Using DNS to block them is not a solution to my problem (b/c Primary DNS has to be Windows Server IP...)

any ideas?


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by:avilov
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if your users are not sophisticated you can modify c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file and "block" all sites you want
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Even better : Use Group Policy to do this.

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by:bhartwell
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An alternative solution to modifying the Hosts file would be to use the content advisor in IE and password protect it, MS has a good how to guide:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Using-Content-Advisor-to-help-block-inappropriate-web-content

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by:KenTankrus
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You can do it one of three ways:

1.Using Internet Explorer going into tools->internet options->restricted sites and adding the url
the bad thing about this option is, it's easier for the user to access this and change it back or install another browser and access the site through that
2. Going through the Host file which should be located at C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
you should be able to right click and open this with notepad and enter 127.0.0.1 then the url. It should look something like this:
127.0.0.1 facebook.com
3. You can opt for a browser. For example http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ offers a great filter/blocker that will block specific urls as well as url types (violence, nudity, etc)
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by:Paul Sauvé
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You can also use Parental Controls for individual users. You must have an administrator account on each PC to accomplish this.
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by:teomcam
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If I were I would use K9 Web protection. This software previously was paid but now its free for home users. Works with any browser. Probably the most popular in this area.
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by:Kaptain1
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Sorry for delay, please split points evenly between jrwarren, avilov and KenTankrus. It seems that I can't close this question anymore...
Thank You
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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