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How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

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How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

I wish to be able to block a site from ever being seen in Firefox. Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites in each category - e.g. Internet, Trusted, etc. It includes a wildcard facility. How can I do this in Firefox?

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

A more direct way to submit a feature suggestion is:

Help menu > Submit Feedback

However, from the earliest days the add-on community has supplied extensions such as NoScript and AdBlock Plus to build these features and fine-tune them to user feedback. Unless there is a good reason to build these features into the core of the product, I don't think it will be a high priority for the developers.

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

How airtight do you need it to be? There are add-ons to prevent you from visiting sites you do not want to visit, such as LeechBlock.

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

I would prefer not to have to use an external agent or tool to block a site. What I was hoping for, was the equivalent of Internet Explorer's "Restricted Sites". This will block a site, including advertising sources which might load in a frame. This facility is integrated into the IE program, and has been for many years/versions.

Is there the equivalent in Firefox? If not maybe you could pass it on as a highly desirable enhancement ...

Many thanks

Kenneth Spencer

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

A more direct way to submit a feature suggestion is:

Help menu > Submit Feedback

However, from the earliest days the add-on community has supplied extensions such as NoScript and AdBlock Plus to build these features and fine-tune them to user feedback. Unless there is a good reason to build these features into the core of the product, I don't think it will be a high priority for the developers.

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

So as I know, firefox doesn't offer this kind of basic feature, you can block sites by editing your hosts file or use some third party apps.

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

There are all kinds of ways possible to bypass such a block, like using a proxy website or possibly other websites like Google Translate that can display other pages.

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

Thanks for the replies.

I have noted all the suggestions and comments. I am fully aware that a guarantee that a particular provision will be able to function as intended in all circumstances is hardly ever possible, but I still consider that my request would be useful to a majority of users, even as an integral feature of Firefox control.

I leave it open in case there is any other news or opinion that might be of use to those of us interested in the subject.

Regards

Kenneth Spencer

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

IE's block goes beyond blocking unwanted ads. This problem goes beyond ads or pop-ups. Some websites can hijack your browser and start opening up web pages--such as porn, or even for aggressive software. For example I keep getting pages opening to try and get me to download Ilivid--a malware downloader/viewer. Ilivid is a software download that embeds it's links on web pages in a manner that often tricks you into clicking on the wrong button (theirs) or they make it sound like you have to install their player in order to view a stream, etc. But they'll also open a web page (not a pop-up) to try and trick you into installing it.

I also keep getting prompted to "update my flash" but this isn't adobe, it's http://www.freemplayer.com/a/flashplayer/update/?. Any unsuspecting person (but especially a child) could inadvertantly click the download button and infect the computer. Ironically Norton, google and other "protectors" don't classify these as viruses or malware and most anti-virus programs won't block you from installing these. If you look them up they most certainly are. These are just a couple of examples successfully blocked by IE. IE has issues, but this feature is greatly appreciated. I'm surprised that Firefox doesn't have it. I repeat: This goes far beyond ads and pop-ups. I've blocked pop-ups, but that doesn't stop these two bullies. These are the two most recent I've been dealing with, but by far not the end of the list.

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

Thanks for your posting, LB2535.

You have described exactly what I would like to see in Firefox. And further you do seem to agree that this should be a proper component of built-in security (and not just security but also usability) of any decent browser.

Yes, Internet Explorer has its problems (and I wouldn't use an alternative if there weren't some features of IE v9/10 that give me problems at present), but so do all browsers. And given the fact that Microsoft has been the target of so much malicious Internet attention (and I mean of the malicious software kind) IE is probably stronger than most browsers.

Thanks again

Ken.

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Re: How can I block a site from ever being seen in Firefox? Internet Explorer allows a list of blocked sites for each class of site (Internet, Trusted, etc).

To expand a little bit on my previous post: the main advantage of IE Block is that even if you DO accidentally click on a malicious site's button, the site WON'T OPEN. It successfully and easily avoids major potential issues.