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How can I block 1 user from AOL and Facebook during working hours?

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I have one user who is using his/her office computer to access the AOL website, AOL mail, and some game on Facebook.  What can I set on his/her computer to block access to those sites?  If they try to access the sites, I want the browser to just redirect to http://www.google.com.

The web browsers installed on the computer are:  IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Thanks for your help.
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Question by:LessonsLearned
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by:LessonsLearned
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Oh, the operating system is Windows XP.
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by:ZamZ0
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Write them up. Tell them if they do it again they are fired.

:|

Or make a GPO:

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/07/how-to-use-group-policy-to-allow-or-block-urls/
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by:LessonsLearned
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I appreciate the link, but it looks like that applies to the IE browser only.  I would like to block the entire computer, regardless of browser used, from AOL and Facebook.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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LessonsLearned:

I added the following topics to your question which may attract more experts:

-Windows XP Operating System
-Windows Networking
-Windows 7
-Microsoft Operating System

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ZamZ0 earned 500 total points
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Either a proxy server, or through GPO, you can set a new HOSTS file with this line:

0.0.0.0 www.facebook.com
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by:LessonsLearned
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Are you saying that all I have to do is edit the hosts file that is located here:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

and add the following two entries:

0.0.0.0 www.aol.com
0.0.0.0 www.facebook.com

and that will solve the problem?
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by:ZamZ0
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Yes
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by:LessonsLearned
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I just tested it, and it did work!  Thank you.

I hope no one will be able to delete those entries!
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by:LessonsLearned
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The solution works GREAT!

Thank you!
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by:ZamZ0
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You can change the permissions on that file to deny everyone edit access except admins or just you etc

You're welcome :)
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