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duncan
06-15-2010, 23:21
Is it possible to limit user's access to most of the Internet except for one or two specific sites?

Running Win 7.

srhoades
06-15-2010, 23:45
I'm not personally familiar with it but you can install additional parental control through windows live that will accomplish that.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Looking-for-web-filtering-and-activity-reports-in-Windows-Parental-Controls#section_2

kc8ykd
06-15-2010, 23:53
^ that safe family filter looks pretty efficent, also:

a non-easy way is to edit the hosts file to basically null route those addresses.

the easier way (if your hardware supports) is to block them at the router.

check your router to see if it will do blocking, it should be pretty evident if it does.


to edit the host file in windows 7:
open notepad as administrator
open the file called 'hosts' at:
c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\

at the bottom, make a new line and add the entries as needed:

127.0.0.1 (tab) website address

save the file and reboot

(the website address should be www.google.com instead of www.google.com/search or anything like that, you want just the domain and any prefixes like search.google.com)
this will redirect the web browser back to your computer when someone tries to access that address. since your computer isn't (probably) running a web server, it will just say 'page cannot be displayed'.



editing the host file will effect all users of the singular machine. blocking on the router will effect all users across your network.

both are obscure enough that unless the user is advanced, they probably won't figure out what's going on other than the site is unavailable for some reason.

srhoades
06-15-2010, 23:56
^ that safe family filter looks pretty efficent, also:

a non-easy way is to edit the hosts file to basically null route those addresses.

the easier way (if your hardware supports) is to block them at the router.

check your router to see if it will do blocking, it should be pretty evident if it does.


to edit the host file in windows 7:
open notepad as administrator
open the file called 'hosts' at:
c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\

at the bottom, make a new line and add the entries as needed:

127.0.0.1 (tab) website address

save the file and reboot

(the website address should be www.google.com instead of www.google.com/search or anything like that, you want just the domain and any prefixes like search.google.com)
this will redirect the web browser back to your computer when someone tries to access that address. since your computer isn't (probably) running a web server, it will just say 'page cannot be displayed'.



editing the host file will effect all users of the singular machine. blocking on the router will effect all users across your network.

both are obscure enough that unless the user is advanced, they probably won't figure out what's going on other than the site is unavailable for some reason.

He doesn't want to block one or two websites, he only wants to allow one or two websites. So unless you are volunteering the edit the host file to include every domain on the internet that isn't going to work.

kc8ykd
06-16-2010, 01:22
that's what i get for trying to speed read :(

MavsX
06-16-2010, 12:17
He doesn't want to block one or two websites, he only wants to allow one or two websites. So unless you are volunteering the edit the host file to include every domain on the internet that isn't going to work.


thats what i was thinking. the host file is a pain in the ass to deal with. It's nice and easy if you just want to blackhole one site like facebook. But, other than that...there's probably better alternatives out there.

duncan
06-16-2010, 15:24
Thanks for all of the help.

Yes, I only want this one kid accessing one website for a while. School.

No YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Sometimes you have to step back to move forward.

MavsX
06-17-2010, 11:12
i'm sure there are some 3rd party programs you could download

im sure some of them cost a nominal fee