Blocked Sites on new work laptop - no AVF

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
Morning all

I've just had my work laptop upgraded and now I can't get on any sites like AVF, Hotmail etc which I could on my previous one. Obviously my company has imposed some kind of restrictions on this :thumbsdow

The error message is as highlighted below. I access the internet through an open network (no dedicated server / VPN) so i'm hoping it may just be something I can change in Internet Options. Any ideas as I need my AVF fix!
 

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Toasty

Distinguished Member
That looks like the kind of error returned from parental control software too. Can you see such a tool installed and find its configuration settings?
 

spudtator

Well-known Member
It's a tool provided by your employer to do work on. Get a smart phone.
 

nonumb

Well-known Member
It's a tool provided by your employer to do work on. Get a smart phone.
If its a take home laptop surely there is no harm in looking at av forums and the like outside of work hours? Even if its not take home there's nothing wrong with checking hotmail on your lunch break.

Completely understandable why they've done it though.
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
It's a tool provided by your employer to do work on. Get a smart phone.
:rolleyes:

Got one thanks. I'm based in the middle of nowhere and don't have the luxury of even getting a signal to access anything on it. Hard wired internet connection only through my laptop.
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
That looks like the kind of error returned from parental control software too. Can you see such a tool installed and find its configuration settings?
Not that I can find mate. Funny thing is that it allows sites like Facebook which I don't even use.
 

SevloW

Distinguished Member
Morning all

I've just had my work laptop upgraded and now I can't get on any sites like AVF, Hotmail etc which I could on my previous one. Obviously my company has imposed some kind of restrictions on this :thumbsdow

The error message is as highlighted below. I access the internet through an open network (no dedicated server / VPN) so i'm hoping it may just be something I can change in Internet Options. Any ideas as I need my AVF fix!
As it is a work laptop and it is only intended for work I doubt you will be able to change any settings. Standard for a lot of companies to do this. Guess you will have to comply with their rules/regulations/procedures/standards etc.

Blocking 'non work related' sites was part of the standard laptop/desktop image for people who worked from home or on the road when I worked in the IT dept for a large petrochemical engineering dept.
 

paulyoung666

Distinguished Member
i can understand blocking porn , but AVF , that not on :lease: , i thank the internet gods they dont do it where i work , nights would be so boring without AVF :smashin:
 

eob

Well-known Member
It's a tool provided by your employer to do work on. Get a smart phone.
Same could be said about a company car, but you are allowed private mileage on that.
 

sniffer66

Distinguished Member
Its probably not even something local to the laptop. if you are on the company network then your web access will be via a proxy server. Typically that will have a web content filter running on it (Websense etc) and it will be blocking based on a preset list of sites/site types. You could try getting avforums added to a whitelist by your IT Department but I think you will have trouble justifying anything work related on AV. Having said that it seems to have categorised AVForums as a newsgroup - you might be able to persuade them on the basis it isnt

The message you are seeing is pretty typical (although not very professionally laid out IMO)
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
i can understand blocking porn , but AVF , that not on :lease: , i thank the internet gods they dont do it where i work , nights would be so boring without AVF :smashin:
Its only occurred since the recent introduction of newer laptops into the company. I had my previous one 3 years up until yesterday with no restrictions.
Shame but ah well.
 

Deadringers

Member
Morning all

I've just had my work laptop upgraded and now I can't get on any sites like AVF, Hotmail etc which I could on my previous one. Obviously my company has imposed some kind of restrictions on this :thumbsdow

The error message is as highlighted below. I access the internet through an open network (no dedicated server / VPN) so i'm hoping it may just be something I can change in Internet Options. Any ideas as I need my AVF fix!
hey mate, is this the error message you get when at home?

just to confirm you take your laptop home, plug it into the Ethernet port and just go?

or is there some kind of VPN software?
 

Berties

Banned
LOL at the OP. Mate's head of IT, and he blocks everything not related to the company. He only allows hosts/sites that have been approved by head of each department.
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
hey mate, is this the error message you get when at home?

just to confirm you take your laptop home, plug it into the Ethernet port and just go?

or is there some kind of VPN software?
I'd get the same message at home mate. All I plug into at work is an open port with no restrictions so it is obviously something software based.
 

Iccz

Member
Have a word with your tech guy at work - whoever sets these up.

It could be against company policy to circumvent these measures which could land you in trouble, best to have a word with whoever is in charge of these things and see if there's anything they're able to do to help you out. Most will be understanding.
 

LeftyXXIII

Distinguished Member
Could you not bypass the proxy?
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
But at home you just plug in and go, no running any software before you can access internet or emails?
Same at work mate. I access emails etc through OMA Web Access so nothing software based beforehand unless its constantly running in the background.
 

Deadringers

Member
Same at work mate. I access emails etc through OMA Web Access so nothing software based beforehand unless its constantly running in the background.
hmm well in that case my idea goes out the window...

other ideas may be against your company's policys so I would take ICCZ's advice and ask your IT guys..wouldn't want you getting in trouble!
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
Have a word with your tech guy at work - whoever sets these up.

It could be against company policy to circumvent these measures which could land you in trouble, best to have a word with whoever is in charge of these things and see if there's anything they're able to do to help you out. Most will be understanding.
Just spoken to the Field guy from IT who came and swapped out my machine yesterday. Apparantly yes there are restrictions to certain sites in place but not to things like Hotmail. Unfortunately with our IT dept there is only one Field Engineer and the rest are at a call centre who aren't so keen to help unless it is a problem that effects an office's entire network.
 

Phil Scott

Active Member
Couldn't you try installing an alternative browser such as Chrome or FF? As this is software based and the standard explorer is IE that is likely all it is configured to work with.

If you do not have sufficient permission to install software, look at getting a portable browser on a memory stick. Plug in, run the browser (probably with no restriction) straight off the memory stick, no need to install to the hard drive.
 

oakie

Active Member
If you can access bios option Persistent Linux install on a USB stick - for every day tasks like web browsing / media / email check out puppy linux is only like 100mb in size can be installed on a USB stick and doesn't touch or alter your windows install.
 

DVD-Man

Well-known Member
Hold on a minute.

Looks like IE7, go to Tools, Internet Option, Connections, Lan Settings - what are the settings there?
 

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