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I'm setting up a PC for a 5-year-old. I want to allow access to the Internet to a handful of sites only.

  • Tried IE Content Advisor, but it doesn't support blocking all (or I missed something)
  • I tried the proxy method, where you set a fake proxy and make the required sites to bypass proxy. I don't like this method as it blocks whatever other software that uses IE settings.
  • No such option in Windows 7 parental control
  • BullGuard's parental control, has options to trust a site, but doesn't block all except few.

Any other suggestions?

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Microsoft Family Safety (part of the Live Essentials suite) has this feature. You can BLOCK ALL except for the list of sites that you maintain.

To enable this feature:

  • select the user in question
  • go to Web Filtering
  • turn on web filtering
  • move the slider all the way up to "Allow List Only"

Separately you can maintain the list of sites that you allow in "Web Filtering Lists".

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I found the answer to this one for IE only here:

  1. Copy the following text into Notepad and save it as “noaccess.rat” in the Windows\system32 directory (or another directory of your choice). Be sure that the file extension is .rat and not .txt. You can download a zip file containing noaccess.rat here.

    ((PICS-version 1.0)
     (rating-system “http://www.microsoft.com”)
     (rating-service “http://www.microsoft.com”)
     (name “Noaccess”)
     (description “This file will block all sites.”)
      (transmit-as “m”)
      (name “Yes”)
       (name “Level 0: No Setting”)
       (description “No Setting”)
       (value 0))
       (name “Level 1: No Setting”)
       (description “No Setting”)
       (value 1))))
  2. In the “Control Panel” double-click on “Internet Options” and click on the “Content” tab. If in Internet Explorer, click on “Tools” and “Internet Options” and click on the “Content” tab.

  3. Click “Enable.”

  4. Inside the “General” tab click on “Rating System.”

  5. Remove all entries and click “Add.” Add “noaccess.rat” from the Windows\system32 directory.

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  6. Click on the “Approved Sites” tab and add all the websites you wish to allow access to.

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Also, remember to tick off the box on Content Advisor -> General -> "Users can see websites that have no rating." Obviously other browsers will ignore these settings, but in my case I did use Parental Controls to avoid this.

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I have problems with this. IE behaves very strange with redirects. Do you know of any known problems? As soon as I turn it off everything goes back to normal. –  Gunslinger Feb 26 '14 at 10:26

The article addresses IE9. I'm using IE11, but I put Content Advisor back in after MS took it out.

I cannot make the "Noaccess.rat" file work. First I cut and pasted the provided text into a Notepad document. But it did not load and gave an error message. Then I typed it in fresh myself into Notepad and it loaded.

Once it loaded it still did not work. It did a wonderful job blocking almost everything and allowing what was in the "Approved Sites." But below the domain in the Approved Sites list it faltered and starting blocking those URLs under the domain.

I tried every possible configuration I could think of. I used TRACERT to get the IPs for the domains. This did not work. I put in the http:// and https:// with the regular URLs and the IP addresses without success. I tried it in an administrator account and in a regular user account to no avail. I thought maybe the homepage for the browser would always get through but it didn't. I tried adding more elements to follow the URL or the IP in the Approved Sites list and still it failed.

I really want to lock a computer down to only two sites and the URLs below those sites/domains. I don't want people in our public library using the computer to go to Facebook and Google, etc.

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This is not an answer to the original question. Please ask your own question. You can refer to this question for context. –  DavidPostill Dec 5 '14 at 18:22

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