Proxy sites allow users to surf the web anonymously. Thus, if your child or student visits a proxy site, she can use the site to browse banned or inappropriate websites without this behaviour being detected. Fortunately, you can remain a step ahead of your child or student by blocking access to these proxy sites for free. In the Windows Vista and 7 operating systems, you can block access to proxy sites in all Internet web browsers.
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Click "Start" and "Computer."
Type "System32" into the "Search Computer" box, and press "Enter."
Double-click the "System32" folder, double-click the "Drivers" folder and then double-click the "Etc." folder.
Double-click on the file named "Hosts," and select "Notepad" when asked what program you would like to use to open the file.
Scroll to the bottom of the file and add the following line: "127.0.0.1 www.blockingsite1.com" (without the quotation marks). Replace "www.blockingsite1.com" with the URL of the proxy site that you want to block access to. Simply repeat this step to block access to additional proxy sites.
Click "File" and "Save."
Close Notepad and restart your computer.
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