Web Site Zapper Instruction Manual

     Web Site Zapper is a Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP/Vista/Windows 7 software program (does not work on NT) that closes or redirects Web browsers that are displaying undesirable Web sites. It can be used for several purposes:

1) Blocking your browser from being redirected to dangerous or undesirable sites, such as those infected with viruses.

2) Blocking popups

3) Access control, to allow parents, schools, and employers to prevent children, students, or employees from going to undesirable sites, such as pornography or gambling sites.

4) Controlling when people can access the Internet. Web Site Zapper has a password protected switch to turn off blocking, so you simply have Web Site Zapper block all Web sites until you are present and can turn off the blocking. Parents can use this to control how much time children spend on the Internet.

     With Web Site Zapper, you compile a list of good and bad Web site titles and/or URLs (Web addresses). You can add Web site titles and URLs to these lists manually, or have Web Site Zapper build these lists automatically in learning mode (explained later).

     Once you have built a list of Web sites, Web Site Zapper can operate in either of two modes. It can either close down any site on the bad site list (Block mode), or close down any site NOT on the good site list (Allow mode).  You would use Block Mode if you want to allow general browsing, but block access to some objectionable sites. You would use Allow Mode if you want to restrict access to a few specific sites or subjects. The Allow mode is most common for businesses, where the work requires the employees to access certain sites, but the employers do not want the employees doing general Web surfing on company time.

     When Web Site Zapper is running, a lightening bolt icon is displayed on the system tray. When Web Site Zapper automatically runs at Windows startup (an option your can choose during installation), only this system tray icon indicates that Web Site Zapper is running. You can view the Web Site Zapper main screen by clicking on this icon. There is also an icon on the main desktop. You can run Web Site Zapper by double clicking on this desktop icon if you did not set Web Site Zapper to run automatically at Windows startup. If you do this, the main screen of Web Site Zapper is immediately displayed.

Installing Web Site Zapper

     When you install Web Site Zapper, one of the first questions the installation program will ask you is whether you want Web Site Zapper to run automatically when you start Windows. For most purposes, the answer will be yes. This is definitely true if you want to use Web Site Zapper for access control, because you want the program to run any time that anyone uses the computer. When Web Site Zapper runs automatically at startup, it will not display except as a lightening bolt icon on the system tray. You can click on this to display the full Web Site Zapper main screen. If you select to not have Web Site Zapper run automatically, you can run it from the desktop by double clicking on the lightening icon. When you run Web Site Zapper by double clicking on the desktop icon, it will start up in normal Windows mode. You would normally choose not to have Web Site Zapper run automatically if you are using it for popup control, you are not using the Internet all the time, and you do not want Web Site Zapper to expend system resources (memory and CPU time) when you are not on the Internet.

     If your computer is set up with multiple users, the Web Site Zapper install program may display a screen that allows you to select which users you want to install Web Site Zapper for. Check the boxes for the users you want to restrict. This assumes that user access is password protected, so that each user can only sign in under their own name. If people can access the computer under each other's names, you really need to check all the boxes, or users will simply log on under the name of someone that Web Site Zapper is not blocking. Note: If you do not install Web Site Zapper for the user name you are signed on as when you install Web Site Zapper, the install program will still allow you to run Web Site Zapper so that you can set up passwords and allowed sites. Web blocking will be in force also. However, once you reboot the computer, Web blocking will only be in effect for the user names you installed Web Site Zapper on, and the Web Site Zapper icon will only appear on those user's desktops.

     Once Web Site Zapper is installed and you run it for the first time, it will take you immediately to the main configuration window. There you will be able to set certain vital configuration settings, such as whether you want to block sites on the bad site list or block all sites not listed on the good site list. If you have any questions about these settings, click on the Help button on the Configuration screen.

     After you install Web Site Zapper and run it, we strongly recommend that you click on Help and then on Instructions. This will allow you to read the entire instruction manual.

Registering Web Site Zapper

     From the first time you run Web Site Zapper, you will have 30 days to try it out to see if you like it. During that time, it will be fully functional. After the 30-day free trial, it will stop working until you input the unlock code, which you must purchase from Leithauser Research for $25.00. You can pay online by going to LeithauserResearch.com/paylr.html. Input the serial number of your copy of Web Site Zapper (found on the registration screen) and click on the Pay button. Then just follow the instructions for putting in your credit card information. You can also print the registration form by clicking on the Print button on the registration screen. Once you have this printed form, you can either mail it with check or money order to the address given on the form, or you can fill out the credit card information and fax it to the fax number given on the form. You can also pay by phone using a credit card by calling 386-738-0418. If you are interested in more than one copy, call this number or send an email to Leithauser@aol.com describing how many copies you are interested in for a volume discount quote.

Tips on using Web Site Zapper effectively

     These instructions will explain in detail how to use Web Site Zapper. Before getting into the details of how to actually operate Web Site Zapper (what the individual buttons do, etc.), this section gives you a general explanation of Web Site Zapper and gives some general guidelines for using it effectively. After this section, you will see step-by-step instructions for using Web Site Zapper.

     The purpose of Web Site Zapper is to allow you to control what Web pages can be viewed on your computer. It can be used on one computer, or on a series of computers networked together (See "Using Web Site Zapper on a network" near the end of this document). It works by closing down or redirecting (explained later) any browser that is showing a Web page that you would not approve of. It can be configured in two modes: Block mode and Allow mode. In Block mode, you create a list of Web page titles and a list of Web page URLs that you want to block. If the browser attempts to display any Web page that has a title or URL on these lists, Web Site Zapper will shut down that browser. In the Allow mode, you create a list of Web page titles and a list of Web site URLs that you want to allow. If a browser attempts to display any Web site whose title is not on the title list and whose URL is not on the URL list, Web Site Zapper will close it down. Note that in Block mode, the browser is shut down or redirected if either the title or the URL is on the corresponding list. In the Allow mode, Web Site Zapper will shut down or redirect the browser only if the title is not on the title list AND the URL is not on the URL list. Whether you use the Blocking or Allow mode depends on how restrictive you want to be. If you want to allow people to browse the Internet but you want to prevent them from accessing certain sites like pornography or gambling sites, you would use the Block mode. If you actually want to restrict people to certain sites, you would use the Allow mode. The Allow mode would be of most use to companies that what to restrict users to the company site, or a few specific sites that the company deals with. You do not actually have to put the exact Web page title or URL on the list. You can put just part of the title or URL on the list, as explained below. This allows you to block or allow broad ranges of Web pages.

     If any title in the bad title list is found within the title of a Web page, that page is considered bad and is blocked if you are in Block mode. For example, if you have the word "nude" in your bad title list, the site title "Hot Nude Women" would be blocked. The comparison is case insensitive, so "nude", "Nude", and "NUDE" would all block "HOT NUDE WOMEN" or "Hot Nude Women". Likewise, if a word found in the bad URL list is contained in the URL of a site, it is blocked (assuming Web Site Zapper is operating in Block mode). For example, if the word "casino" were in the bad URL list, www.hotcasinoaction.com would be blocked. This enables you to block broad ranges of sites with a few words. A few words like "casino", "slots", and "gambling" can block most gambling sites. Choose your words wisely.

     Likewise, if a word on the good title list is contained in the Web page title, it will be marked as a good site. If a word on the good URL list is contained in the Web page URL, it will be considered a good Web page. This enables you to mark entire groups of pages as good. For example, suppose your company, XYZ Widgets, maintains a series of Web pages at www.xyzwidgets.com and you only want your employees to be able to access your company Web site. Putting xyzwidgets on the good URL list will enable your employees to access all your pages, like www.xyzwidgets.com/index.html and www.xyzwidgets.com/companynews.html. If you want your employees to be able to shop for supplies at Office Depot online, just add "Office Depot" to the good title list and/or officedepot.com in your good URL list to allow employees to access the entire Office Depot site. Note that if you merely put officedepot on the good URL list, people would be able to go to www.officedepotcenter.com, which is NOT an office supply site. The idea is to put a long enough word or phrase in the list for it to only apply to the sites you want it to, but not be too restrictive to include all the pages on that site.

     You can also use Web Site Zapper to restrict WHEN people view the Internet, instead of what they view. You could do this by configuring it in Allow mode, and then not putting any sites on the allowed list. Web Site Zapper has an option at the top of the main page that allows you to turn blocking on and off. You can password protect turning off the blocking. This means that if you configure Web Site Zapper in the Allow mode and then put no titles or URLs on the lists, nobody will be able to view any Web page until you come along and turn off blocking. This can be a simple way for you to make sure your children do not use the Internet when you are not home.

     Below are instructions on how to actually operate Web Site Zapper.

Main screen

     The main screen is the screen that appears when Web Site Zapper runs. It contains various menus on the top menu bar to allow you to configure and operate Web Site Zapper. It also contains two check boxes labeled "Learn Bad Sites" and "Learn Good Sites" respectively. These check boxes allow you to easily build your lists of good and bad Web site addresses. The Administrative password is required to activate the "Learn Good Sites" function, and the Administrative or Supervisor password is required to activate the "Learn Bad Sites" function if you have configured Web Site Zapper for access control.

     When you check the "Learn Good Sites" box (by clicking on it with the mouse), any Web page you visit will automatically be added to the good site list. Note: If you visit the sites using Internet Explorer or America Online, the site URL will be added to the good URL list and the site title will be added to the good title list. If you use other browsers, such as Netscape, only the site title will be recorded, so it is much better to use Internet Explorer or America Online.

     This can be a very effective and convenient way to build a list of allowed sites. Just check this box, and go to all the sites that you would normally visit. When you finish, click on the box to uncheck it. If you are operating in the Allow Mode, once you uncheck the "Learn Good Sites" box, any site you go to that you had not gone to while in the "Learn Good Sites" mode will be blocked. If you accidentally go to any page you do not want on the good site list, or if an undesirable popup occurs while you are surfing your desirable sites, you can manually remove these pages later. You can also edit the list of good Web site URLs or titles to make them more general. This will be explained later in this document in the "Edit Site List" discussion.

     When you check the "Learn Bad Sites" box, any Web page you will be added to the bad site list, with one exception. No Web page previously added to good site list will be added to the bad site list. As soon as Web Site Zapper has added the Web page to the bad site list, it will close the Web browser displaying that page. This can be a very useful way to program Web Site Zapper to identify popups. As you surf the Web, you can visit sites that you have added to the good sites list, and any pages that pop up will be learned by Web Site Zapper as bad sites. If you do not want Web Site Zapper to shut down the bad Web pages as soon as it adds them to the bad site list, you can use the "Pause blocking" function (explained later in this document) to shut down the blocking temporarily. You would most likely do this if you wanted to visit a large number of bad sites to add them automatically to the bad site list and you did not want the Web browser to keep shutting down.

     You cannot have both "Learn Bad Web Sites" and "Learn Good Web Sites" checked at the same time. If you click on one box while the other is checked, the one you did not click on will automatically uncheck itself. It would obviously be a contradiction to add a site to both the good and bad site lists.

     At the top of the main screen are several options. These are Files, Configure, Pause/Resume blocking, and Help. If you have not yet registered Web Site Zapper, there will also be a Register option. These options are explained below:

Configure

     If you click on this menu at the top of the main screen, it brings down a menu of other options. The first of these is "Basic Configuration". If you click on this menu option, it displays the same configuration screen you saw when you first installed Web Site Zapper. This allows you to set the following options for Web Site Zapper:

Blocking method - Do you want to create a list of titles and URLs that are blocked, or a list of URLs and titles of sites that are allowed and block all other sites? In general, if you want to allow Internet Web users to be able to surf the Web, but you want to prevent certain sites or types of sites from being displayed, you would select the "Block Web sites on bad site list" mode. If you intend to only go on a few sites that you know in advance, you can select the "Block Web sites not on good site list" mode and then input a list of the Web sites you want to allow. (See more information on these in the "Editing Web Site List" instructions and the section on using the "Learn Good Sites" option.)

Use mode - What is your intended use for Web Site Zapper? If you only want to use it to prevent those annoying popup windows or to stop your browser from being redirected to dangerous sites (like sites that contain viruses), you can select "Popup control". If you want to use it to prevent other computer users (e.g., children, students, and employees) from accessing some sites when you are not present, select "Access control". There are two differences between these modes. First, in "Access control" mode, many functions such as editing the list of allowed or blocked sites are password protected. Second, in "Access control" mode, you need to input a password to stop Web Site Zapper from running. These features are obviously necessary to prevent the people whose access you are trying to control from simply adding any site they wish to visit to the list or shutting down Web Site Zapper.

Handling other browsers - Web Site Zapper can determine both the URL and the title of sites viewed with Internet Explorer and America Online. It can only determine the title of sites viewed by browsers such as Netscape. You therefore have three options for dealing with these other browsers. If you are using Web Site Zapper for popup control and you do not have other browsers on your computer, you can select "Ignore other browsers". Web Site Zapper will then ignore the presence of other browsers. Web Site Zapper will run slightly faster and consume less system resources in this mode. If are using Web Site Zapper for access control and you want to be absolutely sure that users do not get on undesirable sites using other browsers, you can select "Block other browsers". In this mode, Web Site Zapper will not let other browsers run at all. If you want to let users use Netscape or other browsers and are willing to settle for partial protection (blocking sites only by title, not URL), you can select "Control other browsers".

Site list file - This is the name and location of the file containing the list of allowed and blocked site titles and URLs. If Web Site Zapper is being used on an individual computer, it is best to select "Default". This will store the file somewhere that users are not likely to find it. If, however, you install Web Site Zapper on multiple computers that on a network and you want to be able to control the list of sites for all these computers from one computer, you can select the location and name of the file. This allows you to use the same file for all the copies of Web Site Zapper. To do this, for each computer, click on "Custom" and input the path to the file and the name of the file in the text box. For example, if you want to put the file on the server in folder "Security", input something like "H:\Security\FileList" in the text box, where H is the server as seen from that computer. Do not include an extension. Web Site Zapper will provide that. See the section "Using Web Site Zapper on a network" at the end of the instructions for more information on using Web Site Zapper on a network.

Blocked Sites Report file - If you like, you can have Web Site Zapper create a file and store a list of all the sites that it blocked. This list will include the title and URL of the site, and the time that Web Site Zapper blocked access to it. To do this, check the box labeled "Save report of blocked sites". You must then decide the location and file name of the file. If you have installed Web Site Zapper on an individual computer, you should select "Default" for the location and file name. However, if you install Web Site Zapper on multiple computers on a network, you can have all the files stored on one computer so that you can access all the reports from one computer easily. To do this, select "Custom name and location". Then input the location of the folder (such as "H:\Security\") as seen from that computer, followed by the file name. For example, you might input "H:\Security\JohnDoeComputer" for the file. This is similar to setting up the site list file explained above. However, there is one important difference. When setting up the site list file, you would use the same file name for all the computers. When setting up the report file, you want to select up the same folder for all the computes so that all the files will go into the same place, but you must give a different file name for each computer. That way, you can look into each file and see which sites were blocked from each computer. Viewing sites will be explained in the "Viewing Report Files" section, and selecting which file to view will be explained in the "Select Report File" section.

     Conceal icon on system tray - Normally, you want the Web Site Zapper icon on the system tray so you can easily activate or deactivate blocking. However, a few people prefer not to have the program be so conspicuous. Therefore, this option is provided to allow you to have the Web Site Zapper not show up on the system tray. (You can still display the Web Site Zapper control panel by double clicking on the Web Site Zapper icon on the desktop.) Simply check this box if you do not want the Web Site Zapper to show on the system tray. You can turn this feature on and off from this configuration screen.

 

     Block Task Manager, System Configuration Utility, Process Explorer - Web Site Zapper can block these programs from running. These programs can normally be used to deactivate programs like Web Site Zapper. Although Web Site Zapper does have protection against being deactivated by these programs, they may not always work, especially on Vista or Windows 7 computers. It is therefore strongly recommended that you allow Web Site Zapper to block these programs from running by leaving this box checked, which is the default setting. Note that blocking these programs is stopped when you use the Pause Blocking function of Web Site Zapper. However, if you have a strong need to allow users to access these programs while maintaining blocking, and you are willing to take the chance of them using these programs to disable Web Site Zapper, you can deactivate blocking of these programs by unchecking this box.

Show on Task Bar - In addition to showing the icon that displays the Web Site Zapper control screen on the system tray, you can have an icon appear on the task bar, just like other programs. This option is available mostly because some computers are a little quirky about the system tray and do not always show the icons properly. If this is the case on your computer and it is not showing the icon properly on the system tray, you will have trouble accessing the control panel. In that case, check this box so that an icon labeled WSZ will appear on your task bar and you can access the Web Site Zapper control panel by clicking on this icon on the task bar instead of the one on the system tray.

     When you have made all your selections for the configuration, click on the OK button. If you have just changed the "Use mode" setting from "Popup control" to "Access control," Web Site Zapper will immediately ask you to input a Supervisor password and an Administrator password. The Supervisor password will allow you to make temporary changes to the program, like turning off blocking or exiting the program. The Administrator password is needed to make long term changes, like editing the list of blocked or allowed Web sites. (Note: Passwords are case sensitive. This means, for example, that "Good" is not the same as "good" or "GOOD". Be sure to input the EXACT password, including capitalization.)

Edit Site List

     The second option under the "Configure" menu is "Edit Site List". This allows you to add new site titles and/or URLs to your list, modify existing titles or URLs on your list, or delete titles or URLs from the list completely.

     At the top of the "Edit Web Site List" form there are three groups of option buttons that control how the form operates. The first group is "Show Site Type" and the options are Bad and Good. This allows you to control whether you are looking at information on your good site list (the sites you want to allow) or your bad site list (the ones you want to block). The next option group is "Show" and it lets you control whether you are looking at a list of site titles or site URLs. The next group is "Operation". The three operations you can perform are "Add New", "Edit Old", and "Delete Old". As the names suggest, these let you manually add a new item to the list, edit an existing item, or delete an existing item.

     Below the groups of option buttons there is a list box. If the "Show" option is Titles, the list box shows a list of titles. If the "Show" option is "URLs", the list box shows URLs. (For some Web pages, the title is a URL, so don't be surprised if the title list contains URLs.) If the "Show Site Type" option is "Bad", the list is of bad (blocked) titles or URLs. If the "Show Site Type" option is "Good", it is showing a list of good (allowed) site titles or URLs.

     If the operation is "Add", the list box is disabled. This means that you can read it, but not select an item on the list. It is for reference only, so that you can see what items are already on the list. To add a new item to the list, type it into the text box below the list box, then click on the "Add" button. The item will then appear on the list.

     If the operation is "Edit Old", you can select an item from the list box. The title or URL you selected from the list box will appear automatically in the text box below the list. You can then edit this text. When you have made the changes you want, you can then click on the "Save Change" button. The changed item will appear in the list.

     If the operation is "Delete Old", you can select an item from the list. If you then click on the "Delete" button, that item will be deleted from the list.

     When you add an item to the titles or URL list, any title or URL containing that title or URL will be allowed or blocked, depending on whether you have added it to the good or bad list. For example, if you add "eBay" to the good title list, then any Web page containing "eBay" in its title will be allowed when Web Site Zapper is operating in the Allow mode. Likewise, if you put "eBay" on the bad title list, any Web page containing "eBay" in its title will be blocked when operating in the Allow mode. If you put "ebay" in the good URL list, then any Web page with "ebay" in its URL (such as www.ebay.com) will be allowed when operating in the Allow mode. If you put "ebay" on the bad URL list, then any Web page with "ebay" in its URL will be blocked when Web Site Zapper is operating in the Block mode. The titles and URLs are not case sensitive. For example, if you put "casino" in the blocked title list, any Web page whose title contains "casino", "Casino", or "CASINO" would be blocked.

     One reason for editing the list of titles or URLs is to trim down titles and URLs to make them more general. This allows you to take advantage of the fact that pages merely containing words or phrases from the title and URL lists will be allowed or blocked, as the case may be. For example, if Web Site Zapper had learned the page title "eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices" using the learn mode, you could use the edit mode to trim this down to "eBay". This would cause any title containing "ebay" would be blocked or accepted (depending on whether it had been learned as a good or bad site). If Web Site Zapper had learned the URL "popup-ads.com/scripts/popup.php?hid=2480cc07750e57915714&tmpl=x10PB2.tmpl" as a bad URL, you could trim this down to "popup-ad.com". This would block all pages hosted by popup-ad.com. Be careful how far you trim down a Web page name. For example, if you objected to the page http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/residentevilapocalypse.html, you probably should not trim this down to yahoo.com, or your would be blocking every page on Yahoo, including the search engine.

     In order to help you add undesirable pages to your list, Web Site Zapper comes with a prepared list of undesirable pages. These are pages that are known to contain viruses that can infect your computer if you visit them, or are pages that often appear in popups. If you plan to use Web Site Zapper in the Block mode and are compiling a list of bad sites, it is a good idea to add these to your list. To do this, just click on the "Add Prepared List" button that is displayed when you are showing bad site information and you have not yet added the prepared bad pages to the list. Once you add the prepared bad sites to the list, that button will disappear.

     You can make as many additions, changes, and deletions from the lists as you like with the "Edit Web Site List Form". When you are finished, click on the Close button and the form will disappear and the main form will reappear.

     You can resize the "Edit Web Site List Form". Just move the mouse cursor to the right side or bottom of the form. When the mouse cursor changes to a double pointed arrow, hold down the left mouse button and move the mouse. If you increase the width of the form, the list and text boxes will lengthen, allowing you to see longer titles and URLs. If you increase the height of the form, the list box will increase in height to allow you to see more Web site titles or URLs. If you shorten the form, you may lose sight of some of the buttons temporarily.

     If you are using Web Site Zapper for access control, you will have created an Administrator and a Supervisor password. To help you manage these passwords, the "Configuration" menu will also contain two more options. These options are only visible if you are using Web Site Zapper for access control:

Change Administrator Password

     This option under the Configure menu will allow you to change the Administrator password. You would use this if you suspect that someone has learned the password. When you select this option, it will first ask you for the current administrator password. Once you input the correct password, Web Site Zapper will ask you to input a new administrator password. Note: Passwords are case sensitive. This means, for example, that "Good" is not the same as "good" or "GOOD". Be sure to remember the EXACT password you select, including capitalization.

Change Supervisor Password

     This option under the Configure menu will allow you to change the supervisor password. You would use this if you suspect that someone has learned the password. When you select this option, it will first ask you for the current supervisor password. You can input the supervisor OR the administrator password. This allows the administrator to change the supervisor password if the supervisor is replaced. Once you input the correct password, Web Site Zapper will ask you to input a new supervisor password. Note: Passwords are case sensitive. This means, for example, that "Good" is not the same as "good" or "GOOD". Be sure to remember the EXACT password you select, including capitalization.

Show notice when blocking Internet

     This option allows you to control whether Web Site Zapper displays a window that says "Internet Access Restricted by Web Site Zapper" when you go to a forbidden site. You close this window by clicking on the OK button.

     This can be useful so that people understand why they cannot get on a site. In some cases, like company computers, people tend to call tech support or otherwise complain when their Web browser suddenly closes when they try to get on a site. On the other hand, some people might find it annoying or not want people to know why they are having trouble getting on some sites. Therefore, you can turn this feature on and off.

     To turn it on or off, click on the Configuration menu. One of the items on this menu is "Show notice when blocking Internet." If this item has a check mark beside it, Web Site Zapper will display the window when it shuts down a forbidden site. If this item is not checked, Web Site Zapper will not display the window. You check or uncheck this option by clicking on it with the mouse. If it is checked when you click on it, it will become unchecked, and vice versa.

     You do need to input the supervisor or administrator password in order to change this setting. Web Site Zapper will ask you for the password when you click on "Show notice when blocking Internet."

Select Redirect Site

     Normally, Web Site Zapper will shut down the Web browser when it goes to a forbidden site. However, you can have it go to another specific site rather than shut down entirely. To select a site to redirect the browser to, click on Configure and then on "Select redirect site." Web Site Zapper will ask for the supervisor password. Once you input the password, you will see the Redirect Form. This form has a text box where you can input a URL. For example, you could input http://MyCompany.com/MainPage.html. Then click on the OK button. Web Site Zapper will then redirect the Web browser to this page instead of closing it entirely when someone goes to a forbidden site. Note that this feature only works if your Web browser is Internet Explorer, America Online, or a few other browsers that are actually shells for Internet Explorer. Some browsers like Netscape will still shut down entirely.

     Another option is to redirect the browser to a file on your computer, rather than an online site. One file in particular is

C:\Web Site Zapper\Pointer.html

This file is a Web file that simply displays a message saying "Unable to open this Web page. This page is blocked by Web Site Zapper." This is a way to display the warning that Web access is controlled by Web Site Zapper without actually closing down the browser and forcing people to rerun it. They can then go to an authorized site immediately without restarting the browser.

     The "Files" menu includes several options for using the report log that shows a list of sites that were blocked. Of course, these options are only available if you choose the option to "Save report of blocked sites" under the "Basic Configuration" option. However, these options will still exist under the Files menu even if you later turn off the report function, as long as the report files exist.

View Blocked Sites Report

     This option allows you to see a complete list of sites that have been blocked by Web Site Zapper. This will allow you to see what unauthorized Web pages people have tried to access, or what popups Web Site Zapper has blocked. If you are using Web Site Zapper for access control, you will need to input the Supervisor password to use this option.

     The Report File viewer screen has a frame labeled "Show". Within this frame are two option buttons, "titles" and "URLs". This lets you select whether you want to view a list titles or URLs of Web pages that Web Site Zapper has blocked. Beside this frame Web Site Zapper shows the number of Web sites blocked. Beside this is the name of the report file being shown, if it is not the default report file.

     In the middle of the screen is the list of Web site titles or URLs that have been blocked. If you click on one of the items in the list box, the title, URL, and time the site was blocked will be displayed below the list box.

     You can refresh the list by clicking on the "Refresh" button. This is useful if you are using Web Site Zapper on a network to monitor what is being blocked on other computers in the network, and you want to update the report.

     You can resize the Report File viewer screen. Just move the mouse cursor to the right side or bottom of the form. When the mouse cursor changes to a double pointed arrow, hold down the left mouse button and move the mouse. If you increase the width of the form, the list box and text information will lengthen, allowing you to see longer titles and URLs. If you increase the height of the form, the list box will increase in height to allow you to see more Web site titles or URLs. If you shorten the form, you may lose sight of some of the buttons temporarily.

Purge Blocked Sites Report

     This option under the Files menu erases the list of site titles and URLs in the report. You might want to do this if the list of blocked sites has grown so long it is cumbersome to read through, and you have already read it and found nothing of importance. Purging the report requires the Administrator password.

     If you want to eliminate the long list of sited blocked but want to keep a record, you can save the old report and start a new one by selecting a new report name in the "Basic Configuration" screen. That would start recording sites blocked in a new file without actually destroying the old record. You might want to give the reports names that indicate the time of the report, like "ZappedSitesSeptember2004". If you maintain several records, you can select which one you are viewing (and recording to) using the "Select Blocked Sites Report File" option under the Files menu. This option is explained below.

Select Blocked Sites Report File

     This option under the Files menu is only visible once you have created more than one report file. When you select this option, Web Site Zapper displays a list of the report files that are in the same folder as your current report file. Select a report file from this list by clicking on it and then click on the OK button. If you click on the Cancel button, you will exit the screen without changing your report file. Note that changing the report file changes the file that you will view with the "View Blocked Sites Report" option" and the file that you will purge with the "Purge Blocked Sites Report" option. It also sets the file that Web Site Zapper will write the titles and URLs of blocked sites to on your computer. It will not change which files other copies of Web Site Zapper on other computers on your network write to.

Pause/Resume Blocking

     This option at the top of the main screen allows you to temporarily turn off blocking. If you are using Web Site Zapper for access control, it will require the Supervisor password. Normally, Web Site Zapper will be blocking sites, and the option on the menu bar of the main screen will read "Pause Blocking". If you click on this, Web Site Zapper will stop all blocking of Web sites (after asking for the Supervisor password) and the text will change to "Resume Blocking". If you click on it while it reads "Resume Blocking", normal blocking will resume and the text will change back to "Pause Blocking". No password is required to resume blocking, even when Web Site Zapper is in access control mode.

Register

     This item appears at the top of the main screen if you have not yet registered Web Site Zapper. It disappears once you register and input the unlock code. Clicking on this item will display the registration screen, where you can input the unlock code, print the registration form, or easily go to the Leithauser Research site and register online.

Uninstall Web Site Zapper

     DO NOT attempt to uninstall Web Site Zapper by manually deleting programs. Because Web Site Zapper is a security program, it is designed to prevent this. Trying to manually delete Web Site Zapper will only make it mad.

     You can uninstall Web Site Zapper using the normal Windows Add/Remove Programs (called Programs and Features in Vista) function in the Windows control panel. If you do this, it is best to close down Web Site Zapper first by clicking on the Files menu on the Web Site Zapper control screen and then on the Exit option.

     You can also use the  "Uninstall Web Site Zapper" option under the Files menu allows you to totally remove Web Site Zapper from your computer. If you select the "Uninstall Web Site Zapper" option, it will first explain that you are about to uninstall Web Site Zapper and ask you if you are sure you want to continue. If you click on the Yes button, it will ask you for the Administrator password. Once you input this password, it will delete Web Site Zapper from your hard drive. Note: On some systems, especially some Vista systems, this procedure generates an error. If this happens, Web Site Zapper will instruct you to go to the Windows Control Panel and use to Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features to uninstall Web Site Zapper.

Minimizing Web Site Zapper

     Remember that if you minimize Web Site Zapper by clicking on the minimize button in the upper right corner of the main screen, Web Site Zapper disappears entirely except for the lightening bolt icon on the system tray. Click on this icon or double click on the desktop icon to restore the main screen.

Using Web Site Zapper on a network

In a business environment, you might want to install Web Site Zapper on many computers in a network and monitor control it from one computer. You can install Web Site Zapper on many computers in a network and then control the list of blocked/allowed Web sites from one station. You can also monitor the reports of blocked sites from this one station.

To do this, select a folder on one computer in your network (usually the server) that is accessible to all the others. You will use that folder to store the report files and the block/allow site lists files in. You might want to great a special folder just for this purpose, or use an existing one.

Install Web Site Zapper on each computer you want to monitor separately. Under the "Basic Configuration" option, set the "Site List File" option to "Custom". Input the file path and file name for the site list file to the desired folder and file name, as it appears from that computer. For example, the desired folder might appear as "C:\Security" on the server. However, it might appear as "G:\Security" on the other computers on the network. You might set the site list file to "G:\Security\SiteListFile" on all the other computers on the network. Just make sure that all the computers on the network refer to the same file in the same folder, regardless of how the folder is designated on each computer. You also need to give the file the same file name. (Do not include an extension. Web Site Zapper will provide that.) You can then access this file to add/modify/delete the site lists from any computer. Of course, since it is password protected, only the Administrator can do this.

There is another feature if you have Web Site Zapper set up on a network and configured to share the site list file. An option will appear under the Configure menu to pause blocking network-wide. This allows you to turn off blocking on all computers on the network that share the same site list file. If you click on the Configure menu, you will see "Pause blocking network-wide" at the bottom of the list. If you click on this, it will ask you for the administrator password. After you input this password, the option at the bottom of the Configure menu list will change to "Resume blocking network-wide", and a label will appear on the main screen that says that blocking is paused network wide. Clicking on the "Resume blocking network-wide" option under the Configure menu will resume blocking. However, doing this will also require the administrator password. Note that pausing blocking network wide is residual. That is, it persists until you turn it off, unlike the Pause blocking option for the individual computer. Therefore, if you use this option, please be careful to turn off blocking when you want it off.

The procedure for accessing the Blocked Site Report files from one computer is similar. Set the "Blocked Sites Report File" option to "Custom name and location". On each computer, set the path to the same folder. For example, if the server folder "C:\Security" appears as "G:\Security" on Fred Smith's computer, use this folder for the report file. However, on each computer, use a DIFFERENT file name. For example, on Fred Smith's Computer, you might assign a report file name of "FredSmithSites". The full designation of the "Custom name and location" for the report file on Fred Smith's computer would therefore be "G:\Security\FredSmithSites". Again, do not assign an extension.

Once you have installed Web Site Zapper on each computer you want to control, you need to install it on the computer you want to control the other computers from. You must do this even if you do not need to control Web browsing from that computer. Set the site list file to the same file you set the others to. Create a Report File for this computer too. It should be in the same folder as the report files from the other computers, but with a different name. Once you do this, the "Select Blocked Sites Report File" option under the "Files" menu will allow you to select any of the report files.

Once you have set up the computers this way, when you run the Web Site Zapper viewer program, the Files menu will include an option to Select Report File to View. The default when Web Site Zapper first runs is always the Report File for the computer you are on. However, selecting this option under the Files menu will bring up a list of Report Files. Select the one you want to view from the list and click on the Ok button. If you are viewing a user defined report file, the name of the file will show on the main screen above the list of viewed sites to help you keep track of which file you are viewing.

Using Web Site Zapper with America Online

     Web Site Zapper works with both Internet Explorer and America Online. There is one difference. With Internet Explorer, Web Site Zapper totally closes down the browser. With America Online, it blocks the browser from displaying the site. You will see the screen that says that the page is blocked by Web Site Zapper.

Bug reports, help requests, suggestions

     If you need help with this program, have found a bug, or have a request for additional feature, please contact Leithauser Research. The best way is to send an email to Leithauser@aol.com. You can also call Leithauser Research at 386-738-0418 or send a fax to 386-740-7699.

     If you are suggesting an additional feature or other improvement, we will make these changes and release a new version soon if we believe these improvements would have broad appeal. You will be notified when the new version is released. If we feel that the changes you suggest are not commercially viable, we can still create a custom version of Web Site Zapper for you for a fee. Contact Leithauser Research if you are interested in this.

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