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Old 07-22-05, 10:17 AM
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Is there a way to limit webpage views or completely cut it off without software?

Say I only wanted a PC to only be able to view hotmail.com? How would I go about doing that?
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I suppose you could do something like change your network properties to NOT use a DNS server, and then only define hotmail.com's ip address in your hosts file.
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Interesting question.

If you only allow hotmail.com, wouldn't you prevent any embedded images from loading that are housed on non-hotmail.com servers? Doesn't seem like it would be worthwhile any more.

You mentioned no software but maybe you could use a firewall (possibly the one built into XP?) to control web access.
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It's a Win98 machine.

Are there any free software solutions?
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Originally Posted by kantonburg
It's a Win98 machine.

Are there any free software solutions?

I can't vouch for these applications but they turned up during a quick search. Both are shareware, but cost $25 if you decide to register them.

Web Padlock - http://download.lockergnome.com/download/103119

Web Padlock gives you control over what Web pages can be viewed on your computer. Once installed, it blocks other Web browsers ( Internet Explorer, etc.) from running, leaving Web Padlock as the only Web browser. Only Web sites on the password-protected user-defined authorized list can be visited.

Web Site Zapper 1.1 - http://www.softforall.com/Internet/T...er06120298.htm

Web Site Zapper is a Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP software program (does not work on NT) that closes Web browsers that are displaying undesirable Web sites. It can be used for several purposes:

1) Blocking your browser from being redirected to dangerous or undesirable sites, such as those infected with viruses.
2) Blocking popups
3) Access control, to allow parents, schools, and employers to prevent children, students, or employees from going to undesirable sites, such as pornography or gambling sites.
4) Controlling when people can access the Internet. Web Site Zapper has a password protected switch to turn off blocking, so you simply have Web Site Zapper block all Web sites until you are present and can turn off the blocking. Parents can use this to control how much time children spend on the Internet.

With Web Site Zapper, you compile a list of good and bad Web site titles and/or URLs (Web addresses). You can add Web site titles and URLs to these lists manually, or have Web Site Zapper build these lists automatically in learning mode.

Once you have built a list of Web sites, Web Site Zapper can operate in either of two modes. It can either close down any site on the bad site list (Block mode), or close down any site NOT on the good site list (Allow mode). You would use Block Mode if you want to allow general browsing, but block access to some objectionable sites. You would use Allow Mode if you want to restrict access to a few specific sites or subjects. The Allow mode is most common for businesses, where the work requires the employees to access certain sites, but the employers do not want the employees doing general Web surfing on company time.
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The Linksys WRT54G router I own can limit or cutoff internet access by service (http, pop3, etc). It can limit it by day and time or cut off a PC completely. It can only block URLs though...there is no allow hotmail but deny everything else setting.

MacOS X has Parental Controls by account. You can create an account and then define what websites an account can access. There is a ton of other stuff. Don't know if Windows has controls per account like this or not.

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