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Using Host Files to block websites doesn't work. Help please.


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shoichi

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I've been trying to find a way to block some websites but for some reason, doing it through host files does not work.

I right click on Notepad on the Start/Programs list and then run Notepad as Administrator. Then a blank Notepad page opens. I go to Open and then open a host file that I had previously tried to use to block a site. I am trying to block facebook on my work computer so I'll just paste the text that I've added to try to block facebook.

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# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
127.0.0.1 facebook.com

"


Then I save the file and close it. I open facebook on a browser and it loads and opens. I search facebook on google and open the its page and it opens. This is what's SO frustrating because I've searched the web for a whole week and keep coming across page after page that says the way to block a site is through host files. I follow instructions and still can't block the sites I want blocked.

I did read on a blog that when you're trying to use host files, your anti viruses and firewalls must be shut off. But I don't know how accurate that information is since I was never able to find more information on it.

Hope someone here can help me.

Thank you in advance for your time. I'd really appreciate any help.

Shoichi.
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Why do you need to block websites anyway?
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Why do you need to block websites anyway?



Because I need to :D

After reading my question, do you know why sites aren't being blocked?
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With all due respect, "because I need to" isn't a valid answer and doesn't help your case.

In order to comply and prevent a breach on my part of the Terms of Use of this website ( http://www.geekstogo...tion=boardrules ) I would appreciate it if you could please state why you need to block websites.
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With all due respect, "because I need to" isn't a valid answer and doesn't help your case.

In order to comply and prevent a breach on my part of the Terms of Use of this website ( http://www.geekstogo...tion=boardrules ) I would appreciate it if you could please state why you need to block websites.


Kids are spending too much time on certain websites instead of doing homework. That's the reason. :D
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@kneel jones!: Its good u dont know and r trolling arnd

add a "www"in the beginning. So thats www.facebook.com. U can also use ping www.facebook.com in the cmd prompt and find the ip and input that instead but i suggest u go with www.facebook.com. I know facebook is [bleep] addictive and using in hosts might help..

This post was deliberately posted so that any googler might find it useful. Sorry for replying to a really old post topic

Edited by Mohsin Mohammed, 19 August 2011 - 04:13 PM.

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