I have no self control, I need software to help
August 4, 2010 12:44 PM   Subscribe

Is there a windows equivalent of the OS X program Self Control?

For a project I'm doing, I'd like to be able to block particular web-sites in both Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. The OS X program Self Control seems to be what I'm looking for, but I have to run Windows at work. Is there a Windows equivalent?
posted by eisenkr to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Are you allowed to edit your hosts file at work? That would probably be the easiest way to do this. It's probably at C:\WINDOWS\drivers\etc\hosts if you're on XP; open that file with Notepad, and then add lines like this for every site you'd like to block: www.this_site_is_blocked.com www.also_this_one.com www.this_one_too.com

... then, you'll find that all of those sites won't work in any browser.

Of course, if your system is administrated, you probably won't be able to edit hosts; and frankly, if I were a sysadmin, I wouldn't allow users to block websites across all browsers. I think you might have trouble doing this, but hopefully someone else can recommend a solution.
posted by koeselitz at 12:56 PM on August 4, 2010

If you find one, add it at Alternative To.
posted by oxit at 1:27 PM on August 4, 2010

Best answer: If you use firefox, the add-on leechblock works great.

The unfortunate thing is that then you can just start another browser...but sometimes, that little ping to not go to Facebook or craigstlist (or askMF) is all I need...
posted by rockindata at 3:09 PM on August 4, 2010

Have you looked at K9 ?

It is an internet filter, that can block on scheduled time slots web sites, email, etc.
it does not work at browser level, but rather, at the PC, controlling all network connections.
posted by theKik at 7:30 PM on August 4, 2010

Best answer: I wrote up a description of SelfControl and posted it on rent-a-coder.com and asked people to bid on it. That's how I found the main developer. He asked for $125.

If you really want it, you could pay someone to code it. Or gather people who want a PC version and commission someone to code it. There is a demand. I get emails from people on a pretty regular basis. And when you GPL it and give it away, you will make a lot of friends.

It's free and open source code. It's in your hands!
posted by SteveLambert at 9:29 PM on August 4, 2010

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