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how do you block websites?

how do you block websites from your computer?

TigerNod5 years ago
Right click on the internet logo, select that thing the on the bottom of the list, a window will open. On top are seven tabs. Select the bottom-left one. Then click internet-restrictions and you will get a list containing thing you can block; for example, violence, drugs, weapons (warning: may block some knex instructibles), gambling, sexual material, etc. If you rather want to block IMVU or "this is not a drill you have won 1 million dollar" pop up ads, you can download the google toolbar or select the privacy tab where there should be something to block those pop ups. And finally, if you wan't to block just one or two webpages, select the privacy tab again and click "websites". Then enter the URL's of the websites you want to block. Hope this helps!
Correction: Right click on the Internet logo, select that thing the on the bottom of the list, a window will open. On top are seven tabs. Select the Bottom right one.
jamesd12 years ago
This post is really helpful, but I also recommend a really easy way to block websites: using StopDistractions. Check it out: http://www.StopDistractions.com
Chicken22095 years ago
There are several programs you can download. Lots of schools have these on sites so kids cant go on myspace during school
Our school blocks the websites we're supposed to be on. They haven't blocked Instructables yet, but give them a week.
Our school has blocked instructables under the reasons of "Blog/Personal Pages." BS.
same here theve blocked wiki and tons of other iste that we could use
i know, schools are way too strict now.
now they've made a big mistake. they blocked gmail chat.
lol at my school we got a new system and my friend got on playboy .com and other crap
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What do you mean "?"? I mean that they block any website they want, including some of the gadgets on iGoogle.
Oh... so it's not just "block anything we don't want them on", but "block anything and everything that comes to mind"?
Exactly! Bit of both, basically
If you have a Windows machine, there is a fairly easy and reliable way.

First, a little background. Whenever you type an address into your browser, link to another web page, or look at a picture in your browser, you are probably using a domain name. Google.com is an example of a domain name. To actually communicate with the Google computer, though, your computer usually needs to contact a name server and ask it "what number to dial" to get to Google.com. For example, "66.102.9.99" is one of Google's IP numbers.

But you can short circuit this lookup process. Whenever Windows needs to look up an IP address, it firsts looks locally in a special text file called Hosts, often stored in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts." This file keeps a local record of the correspondence between IP address and domain names. If you tell your computer that Google's IP address is actually "127.0.0.1" (which is the address for "nowhere") then it will never actually make contact with Google.

You can download a new Hosts file that contains a huge list of annoying domain names, all redirected to go nowhere. One example can be found here.



I'm assuming you are trying to block ads or another annoyances from loading automatically. If you are actually trying to enforce some rules on the people using the computer, the solution to that is generally not software. Despite what vendors will promise, software solutions both leave loopholes and block significant numbers of legitimate sites.

You can help prevent children from visiting sites you disapprove of by placing the computer in a very public part of the house or building. Adults can be dissuaded by appeals to decency, pride, productivity, or if necessary, the desire for continued employment.