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how do you stop someone from surfing?

Westy

the teste
Nov 22, 2002
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Tell him if he doesn't he will get fired?

Break his mouse clicking hand.

Connect up a second monitor to his computer and place it where everyone can see.
 

skyst3alth

Monkey
Apr 13, 2004
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Denver, CO
Give his computer a static IP, then on your firewall setup a rule to block traffic from that IP to the WAN.

You could also get fancy with Group Policies and stuff, but blocking the IP might be the most straightforward and easiest for you.
 
Give his computer a static IP, then on your firewall setup a rule to block traffic from that IP to the WAN.

You could also get fancy with Group Policies and stuff, but blocking the IP might be the most straightforward and easiest for you.
In a perfect world I'd have access to the firewall.

All I have access to is his laptop. How about if I uninstall IE?
 

syadasti

i heart mac
Apr 15, 2002
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Go to start menu, control panel, network connections, find the active connection, right click and choose disable. If he needs network access instead go to the connection properties, TCPIP properties and set his DNS servers to random IP address (anything as long as its not a DNS server). If you can't do either, here is a tutorial I've found for the hosts file. I suggestion looking at the history for sites he visits and route all those websites to something like this:

127.0.0.1 www.google.com
127.0.0.1 www.yahoo.com
127.0.0.1 www.msn.com
127.0.0.1 www.hotmail.com
127.0.0.1 www.gmail.com
127.0.0.1 www.whateverhisfavoritewebsite.com
etc

This prank requires a little “hacking” into your coworker’s computer. You’ll have to have access to their computer, either remotely or just hope they don’t lock their computer when they get up. I’ll give step by step instructions on how to make it so certain sites redirect to sites of your choosing, similar to what some adware programs do.

Requirements:

* Time (low) - if you only want to mess with a few sites it shouldn’t take you much more than 10-20 minutes. You can, however, decide to screw with a lot of sites if you have the time.
* Cost (none) - none.
* Risk (low) - the only risk here is upsetting your coworker. No permanent damage or harm should come of this prank.

Steps:

1. Get into your coworker’s computer. You’ll need access to their windows directory, so unless your network is weird and has everybody’s windows directory shared, you’ll probably need to get access to their computer.
2. Open the “hosts” file. For Windows XP it’s located at “c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc”, for Windows 2k “c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc”, and for Win 98\ME “c:\windows”. You should see a file with a Microsoft copyright at the top, some text explaining the hosts file, and a line near the bottom that says “127.0.0.1 localhost”.
3. This file controls custom mappings for IP addresses. What that means is that you can specify a domain and specify whatever IP address you want that domain to go to. For example, you can have www.google.com go to whatever site you want, instead of the actual good site.
4. Determine what sites you want to mess with, and where you want them to go. To find the IP address of a site, open the command prompt (use start, then run, then type in cmd). Type ping then the site you want to grab the IP address to. For example, “ping www.google.com”. This should return the IP address for you.
5. Put the IP address you want to be the “new” site on the left of the hosts file, press tab, then enter the domain you want to change. For example, “216.109.112.135 [tab] www.google.com” (replacing the [tab] with an actual tab). This would make the browser go to yahoo every time the person tries to go to yahoo.
6. Once you have all your IP addresses and domains entered, save the file and test it out. You should be able to go to all the domains you entered and have them go to the sites specified by the IP addresses you placed in the file.
7. One of the best things to do is to change their start page to a new site. So if their start page is msn.com, for example, have it go to a porn site or a site with a lot of pop ups.

Result:

Once your coworker attempts to go to any site you modified, the alternate site should show instead. Depending on what you modified, your results will vary. If you went to sites with sound and your coworker has speakers, you can get some fantastically embarassing results. Some classic ideas are porn sites, job search sites (such as monster.com), and sites to things your coworker hates (such as a democrat site if they are republican and vice versa). There are endless possibilities.

You coworker will probably think a virus or spyware was installed on their computer. Make sure to not let them format or do anything else that could lose their work because of the prank (unless that’s what you want to happen, which I don’t recommend).
 

skyst3alth

Monkey
Apr 13, 2004
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Denver, CO
Local Group Policy then:

Start>Run gpedit.msc
User Configuration>Windows Settings
Right-Click Internet Explorer Maintenance>Preference Mode
Connections>Proxy Settings
Check "Enable Proxy Settings", type in 127.0.0.1 on port 80
Click OK.

That should do it, give it a shot and test it out.
 

syadasti

i heart mac
Apr 15, 2002
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Local Group Policy then:

Start>Run gpedit.msc
User Configuration>Windows Settings
Right-Click Internet Explorer Maintenance>Preference Mode
Connections>Proxy Settings
Check "Enable Proxy Settings", type in 127.0.0.1 on port 80
Click OK.

That should do it, give it a shot and test it out.
You can do the same via IE tools menu she probably doesn't need the extra options. Go to the tools menu - internet options - connections - LAN check use proxy and put 127.0.0.1 port 80 and then there is a check box if he still needs to access the Intranet.

If firefox is installed it he'll still be able to surf with this method.
 

H8R

Cranky Pants
Nov 10, 2004
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In a perfect world I'd have access to the firewall.

All I have access to is his laptop. How about if I uninstall IE?
Your solution is barely computer related, it's more HR related.


He's an intern. Explain to him he is abusing the internet access and this is a warning. Next warning he's outta there and he will not get a good referral at the next job he goes to. If you have to consider uninstalling internet software, then consider uninstalling INTERN.


Have the IT guys monitor his usage and print you a report, give a copy to HR as well.
 

binary visions

The voice of reason
Jun 13, 2002
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I'd hook up some electrodes to his chair and write some custom software so that he gets a shock to the nuts every time he opens a web browser.

Effective AND entertaining!
 

skyst3alth

Monkey
Apr 13, 2004
866
0
Denver, CO
You can do the same via IE tools menu she probably doesn't need the extra options. Go to the tools menu - internet options - connections - LAN check use proxy and put 127.0.0.1 port 80 and then there is a check box if he still needs to access the Intranet.

If firefox is installed it he'll still be able to surf with this method.
Bah forgot about firefox...

Just kick him in the 'nads.
 

LordOpie

MOTHER HEN
Oct 17, 2002
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Denver
Your solution is barely computer related, it's more HR related.


He's an intern. Explain to him he is abusing the internet access and this is a warning. Next warning he's outta there and he will not get a good referral at the next job he goes to. If you have to consider uninstalling internet software, then consider uninstalling INTERN.


Have the IT guys monitor his usage and print you a report, give a copy to HR as well.
I really don't see how this thread goes beyond this post?

If your his supervisor, tell him to stop.

If you're not, then tell his boss or mind your own biz?


If you want to be evil, don't disconnect, just set his homepage to donkey porn and turn the speakers up loud.
 

Westy

the teste
Nov 22, 2002
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Sleazattle
I'd hook up some electrodes to his chair and write some custom software so that he gets a shock to the nuts every time he opens a web browser.

Effective AND entertaining!
There would be a market for a product like that with the right website and appropriately placed electrodes.
 
Local Group Policy then:

Start>Run gpedit.msc
User Configuration>Windows Settings
Right-Click Internet Explorer Maintenance>Preference Mode
Connections>Proxy Settings
Check "Enable Proxy Settings", type in 127.0.0.1 on port 80
Click OK.

That should do it, give it a shot and test it out.

that did it - thanks.

and to all the people who say it's a personnel problem - you are right, no arguement.

But I work in a small office where the people in charge are non confrontational. There is no IT department. He's been told and now we're taking away the option. I'm not his supervisor but I'm the most "qualified" to mess with the settings. The "being evil" comment was a joke.
 

syadasti

i heart mac
Apr 15, 2002
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VT
Do the same for port 443 (HTTPS).
It only works for IE, not other applications and only allow you to set for 5 different types and ports of traffic through that admin template.

Edit they are exactly the same as the advanced tab in IE Options LAN proxy settings which does include a HTTPS setting...
 

syadasti

i heart mac
Apr 15, 2002
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It would be so awesome if you downloaded lynx and told him he could use that. Lynx should still work with those setting changes you made in computer management because they only effect Internet Explorer. FTW:busted:

http://pervalidus.50webs.org/cygwin/lynx/

I loaded it up again and logged into RM, its the best browser evar :D



I was poking around and stumbled upon Fraser's Flickr site thread, its awesome in Lynx :thumb: :D