I'm sorry - I don't mean to be so blunt, but someone in my household goes to unGodly sites when I go to church at night and when I come home all of my history is always deleted.
One day, I noticed as I was entering www (to go to a site I needed to go to), I accidently hit the "e" button and a drop down porn link came into view. Well, this person in my household has obviously gone there, now even after deleting history and temporary internet folder, it still comes up if I hit the "e" button, does anyone know how to erase that link? and prevent it?
Type: hosts for the keyword.
Change the search location to C:\Windows (may have to click the drop down and choose 'Browse')
When the file 'hosts' is found... Double-Click it to open it... Since this file has no extension, windows will bring up a message saying search for a program online, or to choose the program you want to open it. Choose to select the program from a list.
Locate Notepad in the list and hit the ok button.
Once notepad is open.. go to the end of the file and create a new line. On this line type the following:
Hit File, then choose Save. Exit out of the file.
Now when you go to offendingdomain.com it will try to connect to the IP 127.0.0.1 and unless you run a web server on your PC, then it should just come up Can Not Find Server.
And to erase the link from your dropdown list (Address Bar).
Assuming you use Internet Explorer... On the top menu bar, hit Tools, Select Internet Options. Locate the TAB that says Content, and click on it. Select the AutoComplete button. And then hit Clear Forms.
Thank you very much. I did what you told me to do on your first reply and I have a couple of questions:
1. After I went to search for the files or folders I typed:"hosts for the keyword". exactly like that. or was I suppose to type:"hosts"? I think I did it right, cuz then it showed me 158 files and then "Hosts" was the first file. So then I went from there and when I typed: 127.0.0.1 offendingdomain.com, I saved it. But there was already that same number typed and it said localhost next to it.
And then I was wondering about when you said when I go to offendingdomain.com it should say it cannot find sever. What exactly do you mean by that? I or this person wouldn't ever go to offendingdomain.com. do you mean "it" knows that these sites are offending so it stops all of them. or what?
also, i did that auto complete clear form thing and when I enter www.e - that drop down link still shows up. do i need to shut down? i did open up a new browser.
First... There will be an entry with '127.0.0.1 localhost' Just leave that alone, it's supposed to be there..
Second. You need to replace offendingdomain.com with the domain that you want to ban from being seen on your computer.
I am not sure about the auto-complete thing.. You may need to close all browsers and then reopen them. Better yet... To remove that domain from your address bar, Click Tools, Internet Options, and then click the button that says Clear History. That should remove it.
The orginal poster did not give me the impression that malware/spyware was involved. It seems that while the poster is at church, someone else in the household used the computer to visit a site that the poster did not want accessed.
My little tutorial that I gave, will allow the poster to stop the person from being able to access the domain on the computer in question.
Do I need to add another line and enter the same number as what's already there? if so, I did that and entered that domain, and then I entered another line with that same number and entered another domain name as a test and it does not prevent me from going there. have i done something incorrectly? or maybe...should i restart?
JDMundo: Hi, I only know this one that I accidently found out about and it's eroticafanDOTcom Somehow it has stuck itself to my address bar. Also, I'm really not sure about ALL the sites this person goes to, all I know is that when I come home from church my history is gone. I have just put 2 and 2 together and figured there's more porn sites this person is going to, but you know what I can't stop that because I don't know the address. Oh well, I would like to get rid of eroticafan from dropping down though.
Here are some examples:
After you save the file, and possible after shutting your browsers down and reopening them... You should no longer be able to access the domains pointed to 127.0.0.1.
If that does not work, then perhaps you should try to restart your computer. Then again try to access the domain. If the domain still pulls up, it may be cached in your browser... If that's so, then hold the CTRL key and hit the Refresh button in your browser and it should try to pull a new page instead of using the cached version.
The purpose of the file named 'hosts' is so you can override what IP is assigned to a certain domain name. Since 127.0.0.1 is the local IP for your computer, by pointing a domain to it.. The domain should try to pull from your local computer (where it doesn't exist) which will effectively block any person in your household trying to reach the said domain.
there is something i am doing wrong and can't seem to figure it out. i'm not sure what it is because i've read your instructions carefully to be sure that i'm doing it right, but to no avail. i even shut down my computer.
You need to cover all the bases, depending on exactly what is typed into the address bar. Not everyone types the http:// or the www.
Sometimes you need to specify more than just the base domain, I would also (as was posted by someone previously) suggest you check into a child safe surfing program. No doubt you have a teenage boy in the house.... we've been through it with all 5 of our boys at varying times....
Last edited by jamesyeeoc; 06-23-2005 at 09:15 PM.
Make sure these are at the TOP OF THE FILE, hopefully there is nothing else in the file. Let us know if there are any other lines which begin with numbers.
After editing the file, make sure you purge the Internet Explorer file cache: (do it again!)
Click Internet Options
Click Delete files button
Put checkmark in 'Delete all offline content'
Click on tab 'Content'
Click on 'Auto Complete' button
Remove checkmark from 'Web Addresses'
Click Ok (again)
Close the IE browser.
Now, that should clear the Temporary cache, as well as the address bar entries. If you don't want to see what the other family member has been browsing, then leave the Web Addresses unchecked. If you (as a parent/spouse) do want to see any further evidence, then you will have to go back in and put the checkmark back on.
Type: command <== if you are running Windows 98/ME
Type: cmd <== if you are running Windows XP or 2000
You will have a DOS window open.
Type: ipconfig /flushdns (notice the '/')
Once rebooted, open Internet Explorer and verify the address bar does not auto-complete the web address as it did before.
You also should not be able to browse to the sites you put into the HOSTS file at this point.
The only other 2 things I can think of which may circumvent these procedures would be either a PROXY setup in IE, or an infectious item of some sort (hijacker/redirector/etc).
i am using windows 98. i copied and pasted my hosts file, here it is:
# Copyright (c) 1998 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP stack for Windows98
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 22.214.171.124 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 126.96.36.199 x.acme.com # x client host