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Long story short I need to block certain websites, mainly social networks and streaming video websites (netflix, hulu, etc) on a computer.

Its running Windows 7
I DO NOT have access to the router so I cannot block them that way


I thought about just going the HOSTS method, but as I understand google chrome ignores those? Is there possibly an open source program, or free, that can restrict certain websites without being too intruding on the computer? Im trying to go about this in a stealth manner.

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[s]What browser are you using? You could use this extension [url="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/blocksite/?src=ss"]https://addons.mozil...ocksite/?src=ss[/url][/s]

Edit: Just saw you mentioned Chrome, try this https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/website-blocker-beta/hclgegipaehbigmbhdpfapmjadbaldib

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Try [url="http://www.opendns.com/home-solutions/parental-controls/"]OpenDNS' Parental Controls[/url]. They have a free solution which can block access to parts of the Internet. However I haven't used it before myself, so I can't tell you how it exactly works. Though it's been a recommended solution for a while.

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If you use avast Anti Virus, it has a web site blocker. Also, check the settings of you firewall. It probably has a website blocker as well.

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Sorry if I sound like an ass, but not having access to the router you want to block the sites from? sounds shifty. Seriously though, the easiest way.

[quote name='thatguyandrew1992' timestamp='1367698844' post='595672360']
If you use avast Anti Virus, it has a web site blocker. Also, check the settings of you firewall. It probably has a website blocker as well.
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yeah and you can disable notifications on that so you don't get that annoying pop-up when it blocks something, if not, it's alarm time! :p

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[quote name='Draconian Guppy' timestamp='1367699282' post='595672368']
yeah and you can disable notifications on that so you don't get that annoying pop-up when it blocks something, if not, it's alarm time! :p
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Haha, oh god, there's a gazillion pop ups! :p

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[quote name='Draconian Guppy' timestamp='1367699282' post='595672368']
Sorry if I sound like an ass, but not having access to the router you want to block the sites from? sounds shifty. Seriously though, the easiest way.



yeah and you can disable notifications on that so you don't get that annoying pop-up when it blocks something, if not, it's alarm time! :p
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I knew someone would be that "guy"
I work for an electronics retailer, we have a contract with the Childrens Hopsital of Orange County providing electronic equipment loaners, troubleshooting, and really anything I can do to make their stay here that much better.
I work with one other employee, we have an office in the hospital. This other employee spends a good deal of time on non-work related websites, and I'd lke to block those. I understand educating him as to why he shouldnt be on there is the best idea, but I have moved passed that. Because our office is located in the hospital, I dont have access to the routers, otherwise I would just blacklist them that way or use OpenDNS, but those two dont really work out here.

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[quote name='Circaflex' timestamp='1367701672' post='595672398']
I knew someone would be that "guy"
I work for an electronics retailer, we have a contract with the Childrens Hopsital of Orange County providing electronic equipment loaners, troubleshooting, and really anything I can do to make their stay here that much better.
I work with one other employee, we have an office in the hospital. This other employee spends a good deal of time on non-work related websites, and I'd lke to block those. I understand educating him as to why he shouldnt be on there is the best idea, but I have moved passed that. Because our office is located in the hospital, I dont have access to the routers, otherwise I would just blacklist them that way or use OpenDNS, but those two dont really work out here.
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Well since you took the time to respond, why do you care at all what the other person does? Not that it's my business, but this is teh interwebs.

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Just report it to your supervisor or boss and allow them to deal with it. Unless you are his boss, it's not your place to dictate what he can and cannot do during work hours.

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[quote name='Javik' timestamp='1367708850' post='595672546']
Just report it to your supervisor or boss and allow them to deal with it. Unless you are his boss, it's not your place to dictate what he can and cannot do during work hours.
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Which is exactly why I was asking why it's his business

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[quote name='Draconian Guppy' timestamp='1367709130' post='595672552']
Which is exactly why I was asking why it's his business
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Because its a waste of time and unproductive. I care because i do the right thing at work. I love the typical neowin response on these forums, you ask a question and get belittled for it.

thank you Marshall and Daedroth for providing me some good solutions, Ill look into those thanks.

Ive found my answers, if a MOD can close this thanks.

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[quote name='Circaflex' timestamp='1367777058' post='595673528']
Because its a waste of time and unproductive. I care because i do the right thing at work. I love the typical neowin response on these forums, you ask a question and get belittled for it.

thank you Marshall and Daedroth for providing me some good solutions, Ill look into those thanks.

Ive found my answers, if a MOD can close this thanks.
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I questioned your question is all, not in a bad way, not in a rude way :)

In all honesty, Javik is right, you're been more counterproductive than your coworker! As long as the guy gets his job done, I really don't see the fuss and unless you're his boss... But then again, what do I know :)
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[quote name='Circaflex' timestamp='1367777058' post='595673528']
Because its a waste of time and unproductive. I care because i do the right thing at work. I love the typical neowin response on these forums, you ask a question and get belittled for it.

thank you Marshall and Daedroth for providing me some good solutions, Ill look into those thanks.

Ive found my answers, if a MOD can close this thanks.
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I'm not belittling anybody I just find it strange that you seem to think you have the right to act as this guy's judge, jury, and executioner when you're his boss. I volunteer at a computing charity as the deputy manager and I often sit at my computer playing games to keep me busy when there's a lull and I have no work to do. Ok, so I don't get paid for my work but if someone other than my boss tried doing this to me I'd be mad as hell and probably not work for them again. That's no intention of belittling, just an objective position of fact. It's not your business or your place to tell the guy what to do. Most businesses have a command structure for a reason and employees taking the law into their own hands never has a tendency to work all that well.
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I don't think you should go vigilante on the guy. Perhaps getting the IT dept involved. I have several suggestions for them to get around the issue if they don't have something, which I am very sure they do (I also did work for a hospital and know what they have in place).

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