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onadietcokebreak Mon 10-Jan-11 19:20:16

I need to block mumsnet and facebook from my laptop so I can get sme study done.

I have zero discipline.

Please can someone help me?!


PS I still want to be able to sneak a peek from my ipod!

NetworkGuy Mon 10-Jan-11 19:36:27

What browser do you use ?

For Firefox, there's an Add-On called "LeechBlock" which can block sites during certain hours, or allow some limited time per day (eg 30 minutes).

As for you having an iPhone, no suggestions - you will be able to view from that anytime - so it will be down to willpower on the iPhone.

NetworkGuy Mon 10-Jan-11 19:38:05

(OK, iPod not iPhone... running similar OS so same applies - only willpower will stop you spending too much time online).

onadietcokebreak Mon 10-Jan-11 19:59:29

Hi Networkguy.

I have windows explorer.

Ipod - Im fine with - when using that Laptop isnt fired up with work that needs doing!

WPOnline Mon 10-Jan-11 22:07:19

open up this file in notepad


(remember the file above does not have an extension like .txt .doc its just called hosts)

add this line to the bottom of it

save the file

voila !, you now cant browse mumsnet any more smile

good luck

Niceguy2 Mon 10-Jan-11 23:52:04


You haven't told OP how to undo and she hasn't been back so I am sat here imagining her following above and thinking....."ok, now how do I get back? grin

onadietcokebreak Tue 11-Jan-11 00:02:38

Can you tell me how to undo as I post from iPod <grin>

onadietcokebreak Tue 11-Jan-11 00:03:38

Tbh not tried it yet- how do you get into notepad?

SlobbyBOB Tue 11-Jan-11 00:13:19

can you not just use

internet options > security> restricted sites

then add mumsnt there ?

onadietcokebreak Tue 11-Jan-11 00:27:30

Yes but I know the password and it's very easy to override

<must become more disciplined!>

WPOnline Tue 11-Jan-11 07:23:54

Lol, surely it's not that hard!!

Just remove the line you added to the hosts file and mumsnet will be available again smile

WPOnline Tue 11-Jan-11 07:25:10

To get to notepad:
Start - run

In the run box type
Then press enter

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