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Attempt to block .biz in WinXP - Pro SP2


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#1 Adas

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:41 AM

Hello everyone

Is there a way to prevent any browsers or other type of applications on a WinXP - Pro SP2 machine from loading websites that end in ".biz" aka dot biz? Top level domains I believe it's being called.
I tried using the hosts file in WinXP - Pro SP2 but it does not support wildcards.

Edited by Adas, 22 April 2010 - 06:48 AM.


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#2 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 09:05 AM

Host file doesn't support wildcards. I suppose someone could write a parser that would, but by default it can't.

You can usually block TLD's in your router. Most can even block them during certain hours and allow them in others on a per machine basis..

I block all traffic from about 80 countries for the mail servers, but that's using an ACL.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 10:59 AM

First question is why haven't you upgraded to SP3 for your machine?

Why do you want to block .biz TLD's?

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 11:58 AM

Because biz TLD represents a useless human thing, that I don't want to deal with it.
About the upgrade, I'm not sure how to do it ... and why should I do it ... I'm a little out of touch with the requirements these days.

Edited by Adas, 22 April 2010 - 12:04 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 12:12 PM

Download this: Windows XP SP3 Download

Just how are you using the hosts file

An entry should be like this:
127.0.0.1 .biz

Edited by cryptodan, 22 April 2010 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 01:18 PM

I did that, and it had no effect at all.
I can still go to "biz"

#7 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 07:33 PM

For others looking for a way to do this without a router...
http://forums.opendns.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=1338

Adding a linksys router would probably be easier.




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