blocking through host file

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by emma, Apr 28, 2004.

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  1. emma

    emma Registered Member

    Apr 28, 2004
    How do I block sites while using a proxy? I added I've checked "Bypass proxy server for local address" but I can still access the site.
  2. Paranoid2000

    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

    May 2, 2004
    North West, United Kingdom
    Welcome to the forums Emma,

    If you are using a proxy server then the hosts file will have no effect. This is because all network access will be via the proxy's IP address rather than the site itself (the proxy will access the site on your behalf - unless it has its own hosts file).

    If there are sites you wish to avoid then you could configure your browser not to use the proxy to access them (the hosts file would then have an effect) but this is only feasible for a small number of sites.

    For larger numbers, consider either using a filter (Proxomitron is one of the most powerful, but can be initimidating to get to grips with, WebWasher, JunkBuster and AdSubtract should be easier alternatives - also some personal firewalls like Outpost and Kerio can filter selected sites) or, if you use Internet Explorer, add the site(s) to your Restricted Zone (in this case, also consider downloading IE-SPYADS, a pre-prepared list of advertisers and sites known for pushing adware and spyware onto visitors).
    Last edited: May 3, 2004
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