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f4a's avatar

How do you block a website?

Asked by f4a (601 points ) June 29th, 2009

how do you make a website not visible when you use the net?

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sanari's avatar

You don’t go to it.

Can you give more details, such as the purpose, breadth [do you want your entire network to not be able to go there], and whether you want to prevent incoming and outgoing communications?

Solutions need a scenario.

f4a's avatar

so other people would stop using the comp. w/o permission.

Bri_L's avatar

You could use some parental soft ware. That would enable you to set parameters as to where people could browse.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

If you are not using a goddamn mac, open the file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts in a text editor. If you want to block, for example, www.aol.com, add the line

127.0.0.1 www.aol.com

use 127.0.0.1 as the IP address for every website you want to obstruct.

Bri_L's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex – how the hell do you know that?

I use Mac and PC and, don’t hate me, prefer Mac for my own reasons but don’t hate pc. And I LOVE learning stuff like that but just can’t on a functional level.

Darn impressive. Lurve despite the hate speech.

Vincentt's avatar

Heh, on Linux (and I suppose OS X and BSD as well) you can use @IchtheosaurusRex‘s tip in the file /etc/hosts. Basically, what it does is redirect the given URL to your local server, which will in most cases display nothing.

An easier way perhaps is to install Adblock Plus, but that only works in Firefox.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@Bri_L , I don’t hate Macs, I just like to tease Mac users. Point of fact: Mac OS X is just gooey candy over a Unix core. I wish every computer ran Unix. The Microsoft NT kernel isn’t at all bad, but the crap they pile on top of it fills me with rage. It fills everyone with rage, though, and that’s why I have a job.

Anyway, your Mac has a file called /etc/hosts that does the same thing. There are various lists of obnoxious URLs you can get to populate your hosts file, or you can do it piecemeal.

Bri_L's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex – Peace, Love and Unix

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