I'm having trouble trying to block IP addresses using the Windows hosts file trick. The only lines in the hosts file (besides the original commented out (#)) lines are these:127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.0.1 aim.com 127.0.0.1 aimexpress.aim.com 127.0.0.1 aimexpress.aol.com 127.0.0.1 my.screenname.aol.com 127.0.0.1 toc.oscar.aol.com
My goal is to block my browser from reaching the above AOL websites. Despite these entries, the browser still reaches these sites. I've also tried adding these sites to to the Restricted sites zone in Internet Explorer to no avail. Furthermore, it doesn't really matter what domain name I put in the hosts file or the Restricted sites zone, the sites are still accessable to my browser--even after I've cleaned out the cache and rebooted.
I'm running WinXP Home and connect to the internet through a LinkSys BEFSR41 v2 cable modem to RoadRunner.
What am I missing?