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Setting up parental controls in XP

By learninmypc · 7 replies
Feb 9, 2018
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  1. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,450   +546

    Ok, I went into Control Panel>Internet Option>Internet Properties>Content Advisor>Approved sites & added 2 approved websites, how do I block bad websites?
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,208   +1,361

    Edit Drivers\Etc\Hosts

    insert "127.0.0.1 bad_domain_name" (not the full url)

    Save and reboot
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,450   +546

    Ok & pardon my ignorance, but how do I get there to do that?
    @jobeard , is this correct
    1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories.
    2. Right click “Notepad” and select “Run as administrator”
    3. Click Continue on the UAC prompt.
    4. Click File -> Open.
    5. Change the file filter drop down box from “Text Documents (*.txt)” to “All Files (*.*)”.
    6. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
    7. Select “hosts” and click “Open”. Got it here https://www.google.com/search?q=Edi...i57j69i59.733334j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,450   +546

    Now I'm more confused
    Microsoft XP/2003/2000

    1. Browse to Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad.
    2. Click File > Open.
    3. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
    4. Select “All Files (*.*)” from the Files of Type drop-down menu.
    5. Select “hosts” and click “Open”.
    6. Insert the test servers IP and your domain name. For example: 100.100.100.100 mywebsite.com.
    7. Close Notepad. Save when prompted.
    8. http://www.dirigodev.com/blog/web-d...w-to-edit-your-hosts-file-on-mac-and-windows/
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,208   +1,361

    It should ALWAYS BE 127.0.0.1 mywebsite.com, and never the real IP of the PC.

    Here's how it works;
    • The DNS lookup for mywebsite.com returns the 127.0.0.1 from the Hosts file
    • the browser then attempts to open port 80 (for http) or 443 (for https) to get to the websever
    • and that open fails because you don't even have a websever on the PC at any address
    • and the browser can't show anything - - AKA you've successfully blocked mywebsite.com
    This works for first level access (such as a manually typed URL) as well as any secondary access within a webpage such as advertisements.
     
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,450   +546

    I will try my best, if all else fails, I'll reinstall, I guess :)
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,450   +546

    Ok, I don't know if I did it right or not but since their kids will be closely watched by an adult, I'm just going to add account logins for their kids. I thank you for your help :)
     

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