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[AK]Hardnok
08-08-2008, 09:34 AM
I have a need to block any access to www.myspace.com from being accessed through a specific computer in the house. I need a solution that will block it from being accessed with any browser used. I really need to do something about this soon if anyone could fill me in on how to possibly do this through windows. I apprieciate any and all help with the options. Thanks

[AK]Beaker
08-08-2008, 10:01 AM
Sounds like there's a story here!!!

Wish I could help hope someone who uses myspace can help you.

[AK]Clay
08-08-2008, 10:05 AM
I think this is what netnanny does. I'd start there.

[AK]Hardnok
08-08-2008, 10:27 AM
Well, my friend's son is almost 17. He was at his dads house and was allowed to do anything and everything. he was smoking the maryjane like it was cigarettes. He flunked all of last year and his father completely aloowed it. Now he is with his mom to try and get back on track. He uses myspace to keep in touch with all his bad influences and she wants his access to that cut off. She doesnt want to have to pay for a program to achieve this. I know there is a way to go into DOS and cut off the access to certain addresses.

[AK]Nuts
08-08-2008, 11:06 AM
I can't test this at work but I would think that you could edit the host file and redirect myspace to cnn... or better yet, back to itself.

You can find the host file in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\host. Open in notepad

127.0.0.1 myspace.com


It's been a while since I played with host, but theoretically this should work.

[AK]The Beast
08-08-2008, 11:14 AM
Nuts's solution is theoretically correct; I add this caveat: make sure the account the kid uses to access the computer doesn't have administrator rights or he can just go back in and undo that change to the file.

[AK]Hardnok
08-08-2008, 02:44 PM
It worked..Thanks guys

[AK]Clay
08-08-2008, 03:59 PM
if the kid's this messed up, blocking myspace probably isn't going to stop him for long. At a start, I'd yank his ethernet card.

[AK]Brorlis
08-08-2008, 10:05 PM
The Beast;84436']Nuts's solution is theoretically correct; I add this caveat: make sure the account the kid uses to access the computer doesn't have administrator rights or he can just go back in and undo that change to the file.

It's more than just theory. I do the same thing to guys in my office that abuse the internet and they usually don't ever think to look there. Hell their PC guys. I would normally just block the unwanted sites through the router but this method works great in a pinch.

[AK]Bribo
08-10-2008, 11:53 AM
For a more robust solution try this: http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

I use this on both my kids Windows PCs. It's light-weight and free and works great.

[AK]Gunny Highway
08-11-2008, 04:39 AM
You just have to hope he inst smart enough to either check the host file or learn that you can bypass that by simply typing in the ip address.

[AK]Hardnok
08-11-2008, 10:13 AM
thanks to all the help from all of you guys. I will look up whato. Bribo posted too. No, he isnt savvy enough on a pc to know where to look but i now have to figure a way to block IM services..

[AK]Hardnok
08-11-2008, 10:15 AM
I would be interested in how to block site through the router too. The knowledge is nice to know..guess I'll try looking that up online unless there is a simple explanation.

[AK]Bribo
08-11-2008, 10:59 AM
One nice thing about the K9 software is that you can block or allow parts of a website by using a URL wildcard. For instance, say you want your kids to be able to get to www.myspace.com/Hardnok. You can set K9 up to allow that. This way they can get to certain portions that you deem acceptable.