How To Block Any Website Without Using Any Software

by Salman on January 19, 2009

Well many of you wants you wants to block any webiste from your computer either for children saftey or for blocking any software from getting black-listed, then here are simple and few steps to do it:

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Before continuing let me tell how it works, well Microsoft Windows uses HOSTS file located in [%systemdrive%/windows/system32/drivers/etc] to maintain a personal list of web addresses. Any time a request is made for a URL, the HOSTS file will be checked first. If a corresponding address is found you will be directed to that IP without first consulting a DNS Server. The original intent of this file was to define where sites exist; we will use it in this context to define where they don’t exist.

STEPS:

  • Type [C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetc] in your adress bar and press enter key, you will be directed to home directory of HOSTS file

Directory of HOSTS File

  • Right Click and open the “hosts file” with notepad.

OpenWith

  • By default your host file will look like the screen-shot below.

Default

  • Now in the screenshot below, 192.168.15.1 is the default address of my router, when the user/application will try to access the blocked site, it will be redirected to this IP rather than going to the original website. Note that IP [192.168.15.1] is followed by the name of the website you want to block. Here i blocked the official website of Internet Download Manager, so that IDM may not able to blacklist my key. [Obviously its valid if you are using a pirated fake key].

After Adding Sites

  • Well here you go, you can add as many websited you want to block in the list like above.
  • Now its the time to test that the tricked worked or not???
  • Type [http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com] in your address bar and see what happens

Testing

  • So the page redirected to my router’s login page instead of going to http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com
  • NOTE: ONCE SITE IS BLOCKED THROUGH THIS METHOD, NO BROWSER, NO APPLICATION OR ANY OTHER MEDIA CAN ACCESS THE BLOKED WEBSITE.
  • I have tested it in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 6,7. All of the browsers were re-directed to my router’s login page rather than going to the original website.

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1 Vince 06.10.10 at 10:25 PM

But u can still access those sites by using google. so all they ahve to do is google the site and press the link tadaa

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