Thursday, October 21, 2010
Download T3Desk and install it. Once the application starts all you need to do is right-click the minimize button of the window or hold SHIFT, CTRL and ALT key while clicking the minimize button. This will 3Dmize (minimize in a 3D) instead of simply minimizing it. To open the window again, double click the 3Dmized window. Double click the notification area icon to customize the tool to suit your needs.
It brings a nice soothing desktop experience staying minimal with its memory requirements. It can really help people used to work on a desktop overpopulated with windows and applications. The tool works on Windows 2000/NT/XP/VISTA/WIN7.
I really missed it on my dual screen. The 3Dmizing only happens to work on the main window. So if you use dual screen try 3Dmizing windows after bringing them into the primary display. Let us know how it worked for you.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
All of us love to have animated GIF images as your display pictures on our Instant Messengers, social network profiles and what not. However, very few can actually create their own GIF images according to their own liking. Today we present to you five of the easiest online tools which you can use to create your own GIF images and then use them wherever you like:
Probably the easiest tool to get hold of in order to make animated GIF images, Imator just does that and more. The great thing is that there seems to be no limit to how many images you can upload and convert them to GIFs. Also, you can create animated banners and avatars for use on blogging websites and forums to let everyone see your creativity. Images can be uploaded from your PC and/or any URL. The simple drag and drop interface easily lets you work and animation speeds of your images can be selected from a pre-defined drop down list.
Another great website which allows for creation of animated GIF images, Loogix helps you create your own animated GIF in just three steps. First you need to upload an image (PC or URL). Next, you are required to select the size and speed of the animation you want to apply and finally generate the desired animation and that’s it. Your GIF animated image is ready. Maximum pixel size which can be set is 400 pixels using Loogix.
The great thing about Gickr is that it allows you to upload images from YouTube as well, making it easy for you to make animated images out of video clips. Simply Specify a YouTube video URL and you’re on the go. There is a limit of 10 pictures maximum for Gickr which might be a turn off for many. Also a YouTube video converted will only contain a maximum of 45 frames. However, the ability to make animated images from YouTube videos is just amazing. Created GIF Images are downloadable to PC as well.
Picasion gives you the ability to resize your images before you actually turn them into animations and also lets you upload pictures from many services like Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, MySpace, Flickr etc. Moreover, you can also rotate the pictures and add color effects to them while turning them into cool animations.
Make A GIF
The best thing about Make a GIF is that you can add multiple images at the same time up to a maximum number of 12 with each image not being more than 1MB in size. Also, you can edit and resize the image before applying the animation and animation time can be set even in milliseconds for some more precision. However, one bad thing about Make a GIF is that it doesn’t provide the user with the ability to one-click download the created GIF and you have to manually save it from your browser.
Stream Play Youtube Videos in VLC
- Open VLC Media Player (download vlc).
- Go to Media > Open Network Stream.
- Paste the Link of any online video, For eg: I am using Chris Brown – Forever
- Click on the Play button.
Now you can watch the video inside VLC itself
Here is a video guide to the process I found on youtube.
Advantage : Record Youtube Videos in VLC by Network Stream
There is only one advantage of this method and ie, to download or save the streaming video in any format of our choice.
1. In the Open Network Stream page Click on the down arrow of the Play Button.
2. Select Convert. (see pic. right)
3. Add your desired Settings in the window as below.
After the streaming is complete you will get the full video saved in format you set.
This way, you don’t have to use any online youtube downloader, or install any app. to convert youtube videos to your required output. Enjoy !
This is an excellent post which can really make your life easier in the *NIX world. But, for many, it is a Windows kind of life. So, for those of you out there, I have put together some Windows command line tricks that might make your life easier.
15 Popular Command Prompt Tricks & Hacks
Save A List of Files to a Text File by Extension
dir *.ext /s /b > files.txt
This command line will create a file called files.txt. When you open this file, there will be a complete list of all the files in that directory and all subdirectories with the .ext extension. You can then open up this text file in any text editor and work this the information.By changing the ext part, you can select different files. For example, if you wanted to list all of the PDF documents, you would type:
dir *.pdf /s /b > files.txt
Get Your IP Address Information
This will retrieve a pile of information about your network connection and IP information. From this command, you can get:
- Host Name
- Primary DNS Suffix
- Node Type
- IP Routing Enabled
- WINS Proxy Enabled
- DNS Suffix Search List
- Connection-specific DNS Suffix
- Network Adapter Description
- Physical (MAC) Address
- DHCP Enabled
- IP Address
- Subnet Mask
- Default Gateway
- DNS Servers
Get Installed Driver Information
It can be very useful when troubleshooting to know what drivers are installed on a system. This command will give you a complete listing of the drivers and when they were installed.
Copy Files Via Infrared Port
This will fire up the Wireless Link dialog so that you can copy the specified file via an infrared port.
Find Files Opened By Network Users
If you are running a system and you want to know who has files open on your computer, this command will provide you a list of those users and the files that they have open.
Note: If you get an error saying The system global flag ‘maintain objects list’ needs to be enabled to see local opened files, you can fix this issue by typing
openfiles /local on. You will have to reboot the system but it will resolve the issue.
Monitor Port Activity
netstat -a 30
This will show you all of the TCP/IP ports that are being used on your system and what they are connecting to (or being connected from). It will continue to monitor these ports and refresh the information every 30 seconds. You can change the refresh rate by changing the number at the end of the command.
Recover Information From A Corrupt File
If you have a disk with damaged sectors, you can attempt to recover as much information as possible from the damaged file. Data that is not damaged can be retrieved but data in damaged sectors will be lost.
Defragment Remote Computer
rexec remotePC defrag C: /F
This command used the rexec command to force a defragment of the C: drive on the computer named remotePC. You can use whatever you want to for the command (I just used defrag C: /F as an example). This is very useful for remote maintenance.
Retrieve Detailed System Information
With this command, you can retrieve the following information:
- Host Name
- OS Name
- OS Version
- OS Manufacturer
- OS Configuration
- OS Build Type
- Registered Owner
- Registered Organization
- Product ID
- Original Install Date
- System Up Time
- System Manufacturer
- System Model
- System type
- BIOS Version
- Windows Directory
- System Directory
- Boot Device
- System Locale
- Input Locale
- Time Zone
- Total Physical Memory
- Available Physical Memory
- Virtual Memory Max Size
- Virtual Memory Available
- Virtual Memory In Use
- Page File Location(s)
- Logon Server
- NetWork Card(s)
Automatically Defragment C: Daily
schtasks /create /tn "Defrag C" /tr "defrag c: /f" /sc daily /st 23:00:00 /ru "System"
This will set your computer to automatically perform a complete defrag of the C: drive each day at 11:00:00 PM (23:00:00). It does this by creating a scheduled task called Defrag C. It will run this command under the computer’s system account.
Map A Drive Letter to a Folder
subst W: C:\windows
Sometimes, your directory structure can get pretty deep and complicated. You can simplify this a bit by mapping a drive letter to commonly used folders. In the example that I have given, this will create a drive letter W: and map it to the C:\windows directory. Then, whenever you go into My Computer, you will see a W: drive and when you browse to it, it will automatically take you to the contents of the C:\windows folder.
You can do this with any unused drive letter and any folder that exists on your system.
List All Tasks Running On The Computer
It’s always good to know what is running on your system. This is the command line version of the processes tab in Taks Manager.
Kill A Program
taskkill /im programname.exe /f
If, when using the tasklist command, you discover that there is something running you just want killed. This is the way to do it! Just note the program name and use it in place of programname.exe.
Reboot a Remote Computer
shutdown -r -f -m \\remotePC -c "System will be rebooted in 20 seconds"
Sometimes, you just need to reboot a system. This will do it remotely and give the user a 20 second warning.
Tip : To open Command Prompt, click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
If you are curious to know that someone has blocked you on Gtalk then you can easily find the person who avoiding you and blocked you. Sometimes you noticed that your friends is not contacting you , even when you send messages to them they never reply back. It means either he/she avoiding you or blocked you in gtalk.Would you like to find out who are those people who have blocked you on GTalk?
Here’s an easy way to do that.This can be done using the chat client Pidgin. Pidgin allows you to chat across multiple networks simultaneously. It means that you can chat with your MSN, GTalk, Yahoo and other online buddies all at the same time from one single IM client.
Just follow the simple steps :
Step 1 : Download & Install Pidgin.
Step 2 : Configure Pidgin for Google Talk using the following steps :
a) Add Gtalk account to Pidgin, Go to Accounts > Manage > Add, this will bring a new window Add Accounts ;
b) Enter you gmail account details as shown in the following image, Keep Protocol as XMPP , Domain as gmail.com and Resource as HOME,
c) Now click on Advance Tab in the same window; and make the settings as shown in the following figure.
d) That’s it. You are done with Pidgin settings. Now lets find out who has blocked you on Gtalk.
Step 3 : Sign in to Pidgin with your Google Talk account, Go to Buddies > Show Offline Buddies.
Step 4 : If someone has blocked you on Gtalk , then they appear offline just like other offline contacts who are really offline.
Step 5 : Select the contact from the list and then Right click, click on Get Info.
Step 6: Once you click on Get Info then it will show the some info about the profile of the person. But if the person has blocked you on Google Talk, you won’t be able to see his/her full profile. You can’t even see his/her profile name.
So if you get the profile info like the left side image means this person has not blocked you. But if you get the blank screen like the right side image, it means this contact has blocked you and doesn’t wish to talk to you.
Firefox Add-ons can now help you in everyday e-learning, no matter if you are a student or a parent who’s helping his/her children. Today we wanted to share with you a list of Firefox extensions that can help you out with your daily learning and studying sessions.
So here there’s a list of tools, from subject-specific tools to tools to help with research and productivity to tools that give parents control over the safety of the family computer, there are sure to be plenty of great options for you.
Here’s the list:
Download these add-ons to have access to everything from calculators to math encyclopedias.
- Open Mathematical Encyclopedia
Find theorems, basic problems, and axioms listed in this great resource for students learning math.
- Wolfram MathWorld
Search one of the biggest math resources available on the web with this tool.
Use this tool as a calculator extension in Firefox.
- Simple Calc
Here’s another calculator extension available for Firefox.
- Fire Cal
This calculator suite provides specialized functions such as compound interest, temperature, wind chill, body mass index, and more.
- Graphing Calculator Toolbar
Enter up to five equations with this tool and see results graphed.
For upper-level students in math, physics, or engineering, this tool will help generate math equations.
Convert measurements, time zones, or temperatures with this tool.
- Forex Currency Converter
Learn the current conversion for any currency in over 180 different exchange rates.
- Open Mathematical Encyclopedia
Help your children enhance their science lessons with these add-ons.
- Eccellio Science
Use this tool when doing science research to get results from quality websites.
- Life Science Dictionary Tool
Find definitions to 100,000 life science terms with this tool.
This tool instantly recognizes results from sites such as PubMed and Google Scholar and creates a mash-up of available information.
- sequere.eu Science
To broaden your student’s search for scientific research, use this tool to search by specific areas across Europe.
- Medical Terms Dictionary
Perfect for students interested in pursuing a future in the medical field, this dictionary provides definitions to tons of medical terms.
Locate journal articles available on PDF with this tool.
Search for physics information located at the arXiv repository.
- Weather Watcher Live
This tool offers a great way to learn about the weather as it’s happening.
- Eccellio Science
English Language Arts and Reference Materials
Find everything from dictionaries to vocabulary builders to free online texts with these tools.
- Bibliomania search
Search Bibliomania to find information from classic texts, biographies, reference material, and more.
Described as part flash card and part dictionary, this add-on makes learning vocabulary fun.
Use this add-on to search for literature and US history study guides and teaching resources with Shmoop.com.
- Project Gutenberg
Search by book title to get access to a completely free online version of over 30,000 books.
- Research Word
When students use this tool, they can research any word that occurs on a webpage with results coming via Wikipedia, dictionaries, and other sites.
- Dictionary Lookup Extension
Highlight a word and find its definition immediately.
Quickly find a synonym for any word with this add-on.
- United States English Dictionary
This tool is a spellchecker based on American English.
Use this add-on to have access to the Merriam-Webster dictionary right on your computer.
Have access to yet another popular dictionary with this tool that also includes a thesaurus, spellcheck, and translate function.
- WordIQ Toolbar
Search for the meaning of a word among many dictionaries and other resources. There is even a family filter on this.
Enhance your Wikipedia searches with this tool.
- SnappyWords Visual Dictionary
Find definitions and synonyms with the visual display available with this dictionary.
- Lexiology.com Dictionary
Get more than just definitions with this dictionary that includes audio, phonetics, and usage information.
Use this tool to search Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, and other online encyclopedias.
If your children are learning foreign languages, then look into these tools as an aid to their studies.
- Alpheios Basic Libraries
This tool is designed to give students access to tools to facilitate language learning. Use this with any of the specific language tools.
- Alpheios Greek Tools
Learning ancient Greek just got easier with this tool.
- Alpheios Latin Tools
Alpheios also provides tools for learning Latin.
- Greek spellchecking dictionary
For students studying Greek, this tool will help them discover any spelling errors they may have made.
- Translate English to German
This tool will help students learning German check their work.
- Translate German to English
Students can see if they are progressing in their German with this tool.
- Translate English to French
Use Google Translate to help find French words from English.
- Translate French to English
Students can use this tool as a companion to the English to French version.
- Translate English to Italian
If Italian is the target language for your student, then give this tool a try to boost her language learning.
- Translate Italian to English
Again, this works as a companion tool to the English to Italian tool.
- FoxLingo Translator
This tool helps with anything from language learning to web page translation and supports 71 languages.
- Bibliomania search
Keep kids and parents on track with these productivity tools.
Use this tool to take notes on your computer.
- Google Shortcuts
Get all your Google shortcuts displayed easily anywhere you like on your computer.
If you like to spend a little time doing fun stuff on the Internet, use this tool to remind you to get back to your schoolwork.
- Smartsheet Quick Add
If you use a Smartsheet to-do list, then this add-on will make it easier to keep it updated.
Put virtual sticky notes anywhere and even organize them by tabs.
This add-on makes all the tabs a different color, thereby making them more distinguishable when you have several open at once.
Another tab management tool, this one adds extra rows of tabs instead of keeping them tiny and all on one row.
- Google Calendar Quick Add
Effortlessly add an item onto your Google calendar with this tool.
- Google Calendar Notifier
Have an entire day’s worth of tasks displayed for students to stay on track of each day’s assignments.
This tool schedules tabs to open at specific times throughout the day. Assign lessons on websites that occur when you want them to.
This tool tracks how much time is spent on each website so you can track productive time, play time, or see how long a task is taking.
These add-ons are sure to boost online research for any project.
Leave notes on websites, then organize any way you want and even share them with others.
Use this tool to discover search terms based on a keyword you choose. This is a good way to boost Internet research.
Collect, manage, and cite all the research sources you find online with this add-on.
Students making notes on web pages and journal articles will find this tool helpful with both marking and citing references.
Add highlights and sticky notes to websites to help with your Internet research.
Quickly and easily highlight and share information with this tool. It even has a memory tester.
Use up to three different highlighting colors to keep track of important information on websites.
You can save, organize, and share information from the Internet with this add-on.
- Great Summary
Summarize any website to quickly determine if it holds the information you need.
Look up information from Wiktionary and Wikipedia quickly when this tool is installed.
Parental Controls and Computer Security
Make sure your computer is safe for the entire family with these great tools.
- Fox Filter
This add-on is a filter for parents to put in place to keep out unwanted and inappropriate websites.
This tool makes Firefox searches safe for kids ages 3-12.
Another kid-safe search engine, this one is appropriate for children and teens.
- Glubble for Families
Turn your browser into one with games and websites safe for your family.
Parents set which websites are safe for their children with this add-on.
- Menu Editor
Eliminate menu items your children don’t need to streamline their computer usage.
- Clean Screen
This tool allows parents to set parameters that will clean up what is seen on webpages to correct spelling errors, eliminate foul language, and more.
If you would prefer your children not be bombarded with unnecessary ads while surfing the net, then download this add-on.
This password manager allows you to create strong passwords and manage them all with one master password. It even autofills passwords for you.
Prevent children from accidentally filling out suspicious forms with this tool.
- Viral Threat Level
This tool adds an image to the toolbar that indicates the level of threat at any given time from malware, viruses, and more.
- Certificate Patrol
Stay on top of certificate updates to ensure your children’s websurfing is done among legitimately authorized sites.
Non-deletable longterm cookies can compromise your family’s privacy, but not with this tool in use.
- Adblock Plus
Stop pop-up ads, banners, and ad tracking malware with this tool.
This add-on puts a flag on each website visited to indicate the country in which it is being hosted. When you click on the flag, you can learn about the trustworthiness of the site.
- Fox Filter
Search Engines and Web Browsing
Find specialized search engines and help for web browsing when you use these add-ons.
When using this search engine, only trustworthy sites will appear in search results. This is great for student research projects.
- search games, homework research and more
This tool provides a safe place for children to surf the net with hand-picked safe sites.
Use this add-on and 50% of the revenue from your Internet searching goes to a charity of your choice.
This add-on will provide results from SchoolTube to your searches.
Speed up your web browsing experience with this tool.
Enhance Google searches with this tool that uses a tag-cloud technique.
Now you can perform searches within over 110 websites just by right-clicking your mouse.
- Similar Sites Search Provider
Use this tool to help you find sites similar to the one you are currently searching for.
- 100 Search Engines for Firefox
Don’t rely on just one search engine when you can use this tool that pulls from all the major sites plus plenty of others.
Search through all the sites you have bookmarked through Delicious to refine your searches by the sites you choose.
- Web Search optimized for TeacherTube
TeacherTube offers tons of great educational videos, and this tool will help you search it more efficiently.
Take a look at this collection of add-ons that provide everything from research in art to discounted textbooks to a homeschooling resources toolbar.
- Eccellio Arts
From photography to fine arts, this search engine will help you find exactly what you need from the world of art.
- Web of Knowledge
Find and share information in the sciences, social studies, arts, and humanities.
- Evidence Scribe
Use this add-on to help find and manage evidence used for debating.
- Addictive Typing Lessons
Students can learn touch-typing with this add-on.
- Numpad Typing Drills
Once typing skills are beginning to set, try these drills to motivate faster and more accurate typing.
- Textbook Search
Find textbooks at big savings with this tool.
- OpenBerg Lector
Read etexts or ebooks within Firefox with this tool.
- Compare Books Prices
If you are seeking new or used books, use this tool to find the lowest price from major sites such as eBay and Amazon.
- Homeschooling Resources Toolbar
This toolbar is a great addition for homeschooling families and includes lots of great links and tools.
Keep all the tutorials you may be using in one place with this add-on.
- Eccellio Arts
I use two computers at my desk – an HP 520 notebook running Windows vista along with an Intel P4 desktop on Windows XP. Both the computers are connected via LAN using an Ethernet cable and I share internet connection between them using an ADSL router.
The problem comes when I get confused between the keyboard and mouse pairs. Sometimes, I move the mouse of my desktop computer thinking that I am moving the mouse of my laptop. Another disadvantage of the above setup is “Desk clutter” – caused by wires, cables and peripheral devices.
With InputDirector, you can remove the extra keyboard and mouse if both the computers are connected across a network (LAN or WAN). You can operate both the computers using a single mouse and keyboard as described below:
How to Share Keyboard and Mouse across Computers connected in a Network
Let’s assume you have two computers at your workplace – computer1 is the host or “Master” while computer 2 is the client or “slave”. Both the systems are connected through a Local area network connection and you can share files, documents etc. Following are the steps involved to share mouse and keyboard across multiple computers:
1. Install Input Director on both computers.
2. Open InputDirector in the “Host computer”. The computer whose mouse and keyboard you will use to operate both the computers is the “Host Computer”. The other computer is called as “Slave system”.
3. Go to “Global Preferences” and select the option “On Start, Input Director is Enabled as Master”. Also, select the checkbox “Share Clipboard”. This will allow you to quickly copy files across the two systems.
4. On the Slave System, right click “My computer” from the start menu and select “properties”. Switch to the “Computer Name” tab and note the name of the Slave system.
5. On the “Host” system, open Input Director and navigate to the “Master configuration” tab. Click “Add” and add the name of the “Slave” system.
6. On the Slave System, open Input Director and navigate to the “Slave configuration” tab. Enter the name of the Master computer and select the option “Allow any computer to take control”.
7. Hit “Ok” and you will see a system tray notification saying “The Slave system is now available”.
This means that you are ready to share the keyboard and mouse of your master computer with the slave computer.
Sharing the mouse: Just move the mouse of master computer around the edge of the screen and it would appear in the monitor of the slave system. You can then operate the slave system with the mouse of the master system and do all kinds of work – even shut down the slave system. Move the mouse to the edge of the slave screen, and the cursor returns to the master computer.
Sharing the keyboard: To share the keyboard, first move the mouse in the monitor of the slave system. Then start typing in the master computer’s keyboard and the words would appear in any application window of the slave computer.
Watch the following video demo to learn how Input Director works:
The application also lets you share clipboard data. Suppose you want to copy a file from the slave computer to the master computer without using “My Network Places”. Copy the file in the slave computer, move the mouse to the master computer and hit “Paste”. Done!
In Blu-ray discs, there are some restrictions which prevents copying / reproducing of the movies. Yes, you cannot copy such movies from DVDs and restriction may also be of regional type which means it can be played in specified regions only. For example, DVD bought in US may not play in India. These restriction has to be removed from the protected Blu-Ray DVD in order to play it.
DVDFab Passkey is a program that handles just that and helps us to remove all types of protection on the disks. This programs helps you remove protection from DVD and Blu-Ray so we can make backups or play the disc in a different region for which it was designed.
When you run the program, it runs as a driver in the background so just notice it’s presence. This way you can access the drive contents without many problems. DVDFab Passkey has some advantages and benefits that may be helpful:
- Remove all DVD copy protections such as CSS, CPPM, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs, ARccOS, RipGuard, fluxDVD, CORE X2, etc..
- Remove copy protection from Blu-Ray as AACS and BD +. It also removes blockages by geographic areas (regions) BD-Live and UOPs.
- Allows you to play any DVD / Blu-Ray regardless of the region where you are and the area of the disc. This program generates an image that can be read on your player or computer.
- Blu-Ray allows you to see even without HDCP compliant hardware.
- Allows use of any application to access the unencrypted data on disks.
Passkey DVDFab is a program that is in beta, and is now completely freeBut for the final version is expected to be a paid software but do not know the price at which they would be selling.
Compatible with Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7), both in 32 bits and 64 bits.
Download Passkey DVDFab
There are times when you upgrade the operating system on your computer or just did the fresh install of OS after a long time and then you realize that you don’t have the drivers for all the hardware connected to your computer like sound card, Ethernet card etc.
So, you see many devices like these in device manager unrecognized without any drivers. In such a case you can follow our tips on drivers like how to locate and download drivers for unrecognized devices, search for device drivers with hardware ids, update your drivers and how to backup or restore device drivers.
Today we tell you about another free application for the same purpose, which helps you find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are and then you can better lookout for its drivers. It does this by checking Device Manager for unknown devices and extracting information from it.
This program is portable in nature, so it does not require installation it can from CD, USB drive or placed in any folder of your computer. The program contains no adware, spyware, malware, popups, or whatever is the latest name for junk software.
You can completely block a certain website in your computer using the Windows hosts file. But this isn’t one of the easiest techniques to block a website, you have to repeatedly open the Windows hosts file from My computer > Windows > System 32 > drivers >etc > hosts.
This is how the default hosts file of Windows look:
To block a website, simply append 127.0.0.1 www.domain.com domain.com at the end of the hosts file and the site is blocked in your computer.
Using the hosts file to block a website has it’s advantages as well as disadvantages. The advantage is that the website(s) is blocked and won’t open in any browser. The disadvantage is that to unblock the website, you have to find the host file again and remove the line manually. This can be tiring, because you may not remember the location of hosts file that easily.
Another good idea may be to block websites from your browser, this includes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome to name a few.
How to Block Websites from Internet Explorer
You can block websites in Internet explorer using Internet explorer content filters. Following are the steps:
1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools from the menu bar and select “Internet options”
2. Switch to the Content tab and click “Enable” to enable the content advisor.
3. This will open a pop up window where you can add a list of sites to block or unblock in Internet explorer. Switch to the “Approved sites” tab and add the sites you want to block, as shown below:
In the above example, the blocked site is shown by a red symbol whereas the allowed site is shown by a green symbol.
To block a site in Internet explorer, enter the full address in the text box and hit “Never”. To allow a site to be opened in Internet Explorer, enter the web address again and select “Always”.
5. In the next step, you will be asked to choose a password for the IE content advisor system. This is to ensure that no one else can remove the block from Internet explorer, in your absence.
Using the content advisor in Internet explorer can be useful, when you want to block or allow specific websites to be viewable. If you have kids using your computer, it will be a good idea to block pornographic or vulgar content using the IE content advisor tab.
Note: The website which has been blocked in Internet explorer will open in other browsers. However, blocking the site using the host file will block the website completely and it will not open in any other browser installed in your computer.
How to Block Websites From Firefox
Unlike Internet Explorer, Firefox does not have a default option to block or unblock websites from the options panel. However, you can install the Blocksite Firefox add-on to completely block specific websites in Firefox.
After the extension is installed, go to Tools > Addons >Blocksite > options and enter the list of websites which you want to block in Firefox.
The best thing about the extension is that you can import a list of URLS from a text file. So if you have a large number of sites to block, you can simply import all the URL’s using a text file rather than typing them one by one. The list can also be backed up using the export feature.
The extension supports password protection, hence no one else can override the your settings.
How to Block Websites in Google Chrome
You can completely block a website in Google Chrome by using the Blockit extension for Google Chrome. After the extension is installed, head over to the extension options and you will see a login screen as shown below:
For the first run, leave the password as blank and hit the Login button. You will enter the extension options, where you can add the websites you want to block in Google Chrome.
The extension makes it dead easy to block or unblock multiple websites in Google Chrome with a single click. You can password protect the extension options and choose to display a custom message when anyone tries to open a blocked site. (related: create password protected user profiles in Google Chrome)