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Blocking access to MySpace without buying special software


Usually, I have to advise people to purchase special software to block certain classes of content on the Internet, but here’s a quick tip to make your kids really, really angry by blocking a pesky social networking time-wasting annoyance of a website.  This trick works on Windows 2000 and XP and blocks all installed browsers; I’m not really sure about Vista.

  1. Go to [Start] and click on “Run…”
  2. Copy and paste in the following text (without the quotes):  “notepad %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts”
  3. Add the lines below to the end of this file, save the file, and close Notepad.  Laugh at your kids, then lock them into a “Limited” account to keep them from undoing the changes.

— Copy the text below this line — myspace.com www.myspace.com images.myspace.com browseusers.myspace.com search.myspace.com forums.myspace.com music.myspace.com vids.myspace.com classifieds.myspace.com events.myspace.com forums.myspace.com blog.myspace.com collect.myspace.com ksolo.myspace.com games.myspace.com signup.myspace.com latino.myspace.com about.myspace.com faq.myspace.com signups.myspace.com

— Copy the text above this line —

To undo this, simply open the file again and delete these lines from the bottom, save, and close.