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Calling all you IT people - how do you block access to a specific website?

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paolosgirl Wed 13-Aug-08 20:15:23

I use Vista - sometimes IE and sometimes Firefox, and I need to block access to a website that I'm fed up of my son using.

EvelynsDad Thu 14-Aug-08 10:39:57

Hmm, there might be an option in your router/firewall, if you have one or block it in the hosts file. NOTE: It's harder to change it on Vista.

paolosgirl Thu 14-Aug-08 13:48:13

Crikey - that hosts file thing looks a bit scary. I think I'll get dh to decipher it - computers are not my forte! We have a firewall - AVG, I think - so will maybe try that. Thanks smile

toy23 Thu 14-Aug-08 14:16:21

if you use fireffox try
BlockSite lot easyer than messing with host files if youre unsure

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3145

Sadly i dont use anything microsoft (aka bloatware) related so cant advise on IE

paolosgirl Thu 14-Aug-08 15:00:10

Ahhh, that looks a bit more do-able to someone with my (extremely) limited IT capabilities! Thanks.

EvelynsDad Thu 14-Aug-08 16:20:51

I don't think blocksite will help much. If he's got any nous at all he will just switch to using IE and you'll be no further forward.

The hosts file method will stop it completely.

If you have a separate router that will also be able to block it completely.

paolosgirl Thu 14-Aug-08 22:21:07

Thanks ED - I've passed it on to dh, who knows the mystery ways of the computer

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