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How do I block access to specific websites using Firefox?

Asked by tranquilsea (17226 points ) February 12th, 2013

There used to be a good add-on that allowed me block websites but now it’s lapsed. I tried blocking websites by altering the hosts file but it doesn’t seem to be working and I can’t figure out what is going on.

I followed this advice to block the sites and the only issue that arose was my anti-virus popped up saying “In accordance with security guidelines, the Administrator has blocked access to the Hosts file” and I’m trying to figure out if Avira blocked access to the hosts file or if the stupid (but seemingly effective) software is not blocking access to the hosts file. If so how to I get the antivirus software to unblock the hosts file? (I’ve checked online and not found anything helpful thus far).

Can the techies of the group help me?

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tom_g's avatar

Not sure what’s going on with your hosts file. That is definitely the hardcore way to do it. I use “StayFocusd” for Chrome. I have heard that LeechBlock allows for similar functionality in Firefox, although I haven’t tried it.

muhammajelly's avatar

You should be using your own DNS server for all sorts of reasons. Once you do it will be easy to block sites by configuring the DNS server to respond with an IP address you use to capture attempts to access such sights.

gambitking's avatar

Yeah StayFocused and similar productivity-improving site blockers can work well for this purpose.

I’d advise using a different browser, preferably Chrome, but if you’ve got your heart set on Firefox, you might consider removing it completely, along with profiles and starting fresh with a reputable tool.

reijinni's avatar

use your router to block them out.

muhammajelly's avatar

If all the other answers are too complex you could simply send a bogus DMCA notice to their hosting provider. It works! DMCA Safe Harbor states clearly to follow the takedown to avoid liability and hosting providers don’t care nearly as much about their clients as the possibly of a lawsuit.

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