Blocking Websites In Windows® XP®
Get to know more on blocking websites in Windows XP.
Windows XP comes with a default Internet Explorer browser and it supports many web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc. All of these can be configured to block some websites that the users choose. Web site blocking is usually provided in ‘Internet Options’ tab of the browsers including that of Internet Explorer. Windows XP users can also consider installing third party applications such as Netnanny to block some websites. If users of not want to install any third party software and still block sites, then even this can be done by modifying the host file on Windows XP. After entering “C:WindowsSystem32Driversetchosts” users need to make the file editable by upchecking the read-only box. Once this has been done, the file should be opened with notepad and users have to find the 127.0.0.1 local host file and then add a list of all websites to be blocked after the local host file and the save the changes made(the file would look like 127.0.0.1 name of page to block). Once the system has been rebooted, the entered websites would be blocked.
The following gives users more information on benefits of blocking websites on Windows XP:
- Prevent Data Thefts
- Avoid Malware Infections
- Safeguard OS
Prevent Data Thefts
There are plenty of clickjacking websites in existence. Such websites would produce tracking cookies on the system when they are visited and such tracking cookies would be then used to steal data from the system such as bank account details and passwords. Blocking maliciously coded or dangerous websites would ensure that the sensitive data on the system would always be safe and secure and that users private information would be secure avoiding identity thefts.
Avoids Malware Infections
Modern day malware spreads without requiring any assistance from manual hackers. Blocking potentially dangerous websites on Windows XP would greatly reduce the chances of malware infecting the drivers installed on the system. If the drivers installed on your system operating on Windows XP get corrupted, they would cause malfunction of hardware components and such corrupted drivers would be also impossible to remove.
Blocking unwanted or potentially dangerous websites would safeguard the Windows XP OS installed on your computer. If some of the operating system files get damaged, then in most cases, users would have to reinstall the OS. Blocking websites that transmit malware ensure that the OS would remain intact and that the system would be working at maximum possible efficiency.