I am using the hosts file for blocking websites, and when we try to open that website the browser shows some default message, but I need to display my own message.

Is there any possibility for displaying a user-defined message?


Run a web-server on your local machine on the usual port (80) and set a custom error page

In your hosts file use as the address for blocked domains


If you have Perl installed, you can use something like this (start it from a command prompt)

use strict;
use warnings;
use HTTP::Daemon;
use HTTP::Status;

my $d = HTTP::Daemon->new(LocalPort => 80);

while (my $c = $d->accept) {
    while (my $r = $c->get_request) {

Other scripting languages are available. Batteries not included.

  • how to run web-server on port (80),. Can you please explain clearly – vijay P Dec 7 '11 at 14:26
  • @vijayP: First select a simple web server. If you are a Windows user, you might want to use IIS. Second, read it's documentation. Third, if you can't see how to set a custom page for 404 errors, ask here (or maybe in webmasters.stackexchange.com) – RedGrittyBrick Dec 7 '11 at 14:44
  • @vijayP: Answer updated – RedGrittyBrick Dec 7 '11 at 15:34

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