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change dns so that it always take me to one site

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is there an example somewhere that i could find to do the following:
when i open my browser, it will always direct me to one website. so say i want to go to www.cnn.com, it will take me to www.yahoo.com and www.google.com, it will take me to www.yahoo.com

in c# please. thanks
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by:Paul MacDonald
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I can't think of any legitimate reason for this.  Can you explain what it is you're trying to accomplish?  Why can't you change DNS manually?
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it doesn't have to be an app. is there a way to change the setting in ie manually?
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

change proxy
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You can edit the "hosts" file on the system.  That will accomplish much the same thing, but it will be for all applications, not just IE.

Here are generic instructions for a Windows system:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27350/beginner-geek-how-to-edit-your-hosts-file/
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by:StewSupport
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yes but that will prevent the user going to that site, what if i want to redirect them to one site.
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Change the IP address in the hosts file so it appears to be a particular host name.  In other words...
     w.x.y.z     www.yahoo.com
...where w.x.y.z is the IP address for cnn.com.  Then, whenever someone tries to go to www.yahoo.com, they get sent to cnn.com.

If you have a proxy - and your closing reason implies you do - that might be a better/easier solution.
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can we use webproxy in c# instead of host file?
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If you mean "webproxy" as in the .Net control, the answer is no.  

I meant "proxy" as in a device that sits between the client and the Internet to control access.
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ok but instead of listing out the address can we do like * for all addresses? that way you only do it once time and do i need to restart the machine for this to work?
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No, you can't use wildcards (at least not on Windows machines).
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