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Using wildcards in names in Windows hosts file

I'd like to block connections to specific domains.

I know about the HOSTS file on Windows, but unfortunately it does not support wildcards. Basically, I'd like to block all connections to *.somedomain.com. The point is that the * can be almost anything so I cannot hardcode all possibilities.

Therefore, how can I block connections to those domains (including all subdomains) on Windows?

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marked as duplicate by Nifle, studiohack Apr 17 '11 at 12:51

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@Nifle: Thanks, but if I'm not wrong I'm going to need to install additional software, is that correct? –  pimvdb Apr 17 '11 at 9:03
    
You only need to change you'r DNS-server setting in windows if you use opendns (They have a free option). You might also want to check out windows Parental Controls as mentioned in one of the answers in the linked question. –  Nifle Apr 17 '11 at 9:05
    
I think my question is relevant... superuser.com/questions/250193/… –  Shiki Apr 17 '11 at 9:18
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I think using softwares like Privoxy will do the trick. Give it a go :)

Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk. Privoxy has a flexible configuration and can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes. It has application for both stand-alone systems and multi-user networks.

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