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How does one block Facebook from their computer?

By learninmypc
Nov 27, 2011
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  1. A friend has asked me how to block facebook from a computer & I read some place where its a router setting? Is that true?? TIA
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,822   +706

    Blocking a website for ALL users is easy. Exit your email program and any browser

    using an admin login, get a command prompt
    cd \windows\system32\drivers\etc
    attrib -r hosts
    notepad hosts​
    at a minimum you will see
    #
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    # ​
    anywhere below the line reading LOCALHOST, you add
    # kill these websites
    127.0.0.1 facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
    # ​
    make sure there is at least one space (or tab) between the address and the domain name

    save the file

    run the following
    • attrib +r hosts
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    • net stop "dns client"
    • net start "dns client"
    from then on, no one (including the admin) can access facebook.com
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,897   +348

    Thank you, will let my friend know
     

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