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    harryprivate Guest

    Default Spysite Blocking Question

    Just a general question, is there anyway to
    prevent a user from
    visiting porn websites (Not FHM, Maxim type sites) with Zone Alarm Pro 7? More along the sites of like www.xxx.com.
    I know Zonealarm with web filtering had this feature before it was discontinued.





    Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
    Software Version:7.0
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro

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    watcher Guest

    Default Re: Spysite Blocking Question

    DISREGARD

    Message Edited by WATCHER on 10-08-2007 04:46 PM

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    watcher Guest

    Default Re: Spysite Blocking Question

    Dear harryprivate:

    You can add individual sites to be blocked by clicking the Firewall panel, Zones tab, and click the Add button near the bottom. Click Host/Site. From the Add Host/Site dialog box, click the down arrow by Zone, click Blocked, add the URL to the Hostname field, a Description, and then click OK.

    Another option is to use the HOSTS file to create a blacklist of bad sites. You can download various lists off the Internet to use. The school I attended used this method(thousands of entries). The downside, though, is that if the people you want to filter content for find out about this file, they now have a list of URLs for some of the worst websites out there.

    A better method is to use commercial content-filtering software. The programs are usually password-protected and no changes can be made to the blacklist without it.

    Hope this helps.

    WATCHER

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    harryprivate Guest

    Default Re: Spysite Blocking Question

    Thanks, but what if I want to block porn sites before a user accidentally gets redirected to them. Lots of spyware and hijackers will redirect you automatically to those type of sites. By the time you actually put the site into your block list it's too late and spyware might get installed. I remember ZA with web filtering had a preventable feature that prevented users from accessing porn sites right when they typed www.xxx.com. Does ZA Pro have this type of feature. I don't go to porn sites, but I just want to prevent malicious sites from installing unwanted software onto my machine.

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    watcher Guest

    Default Re: Spysite Blocking Question

    Dear harryprivate:

    ZAPRO has the OSFirewall, on by default, which detects when other programs, like spyware, attempt to use the operating system to perform suspicious actions. You can find the setting for this in the Program Control panel, Main tab, and under the Program Control section, click the Custom button, then the OSFirewall tab.

    Redirection is usually done by altering the HOSTS file. ZAPRO does not allow this by default. It locks the HOSTS file, preventing changes to it. To find this setting, click the Firewall panel, Main tab, and click the Advanced button. Look under General Settings section. Antispyware programs also have the capability to detect and alert you of changes to the HOSTS file.

    By scanning regularly with ZAPRO's antispyware component, you will prevent spyware from taking up residence on your computer. ZAPRO's is not the greatest so I would recommend having another good commercial antispyware program like Spy Sweeper or CounterSpy with their real-time scanner activated. Use ZAPRO's only for on-demand scanning.

    Browsers also have security features where you can block websites as well as other content.

    Hope this helps.

    WATCHER

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    harryprivate Guest

    Default Re: Spysite Blocking Question

    Thanks for the tips. Just another general question, but why was ZA with web filtering canceled? That was a great feature for the firewall. I had a trial of it when I purchased my router a few years back and it was great. I wish that ZA would reinstate this feature.

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    watcher Guest

    Default Re: Spysite Blocking Question

    Dear harryprivate:

    Sorry, I'm not familiar with that product so I couldn't answer your question. I'm sure there must be something similar out there either free or commercial that would work as well. Since you know how that product functioned, try Googling it to see if there is anything similar that might show up in the search results.

    WATCHER

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