How to get to HOWARDSTERN.COM if your company has blocked it.

For years Stern fans had to live with the fact that there was no official webpage for Howard Stern. Now that there is one (and it rocks) more and more companies and schools are unfairly adding it to their blocked site lists. I mean it contains no actual ; hardly any swearing and no hate oriented material. Honestly the thing should have a PG-13 rating at best. Well if have been trying to get to the site and can't your in luck. Below are several ways you get one over on the man and connect to anyways.

Now first, I have to tell you although these methods will get you to, some of them may be traceable. If you have already gotten in trouble for going to or other sites, then don't even try it. It your ass, not mine. Lets not forget what the job market looks like out there. Also, if your successful in this endeavor, keep you mouth shut about it. Some of these methods depend on your IT staff being lazy, if the word gets out, then management will kick them in the pants and before you know it your trick won’t work anymore.

Because there are several web monitoring solutions on the market there is no magic bullet solution that will work for everybody. Part of this will be figuring out what product your up against. An easy way to do that is to go to a site that you know is blocked (I suggest something that is not too bad like a video game site) and write down what it says in the “this site is blocked message” the product name is always somewhere on this page.

I am going to categorize my tricks into three groups, the 1st involve not using your corporate network at all. Some of them are just common sense things you may have not thought of yet. The 2nd group involves exploiting shortcomings in the Webcontrol software itself. And the 3rd group involves using a computer external from your corporate network (like your home PC) to bypass the blocks.

Part 1: The No S@#$ List

Trick 1:
Using a wireless card to connect to an open access point
This trick depends on two things, 1st you must be in range of an open access point and 2nd you must have the correct privileges to install hardware. If you work in urban setting the 1st item is much more likely. If for instance, you know the coffee shop on the corner offers free Wireless then its possible that you can jump on this signal with a good wireless card from your desk. I suggest using a USB card like this one Since opening your PC case and installing an internal one would defiantly not go unnoticed. You may have to disable your internal network card in order for your PC to use the wireless card and not existing network card. You can do this be either unplugging it or going into your network properties, right clicking on it and selecting disable. Of course while your network card is disabled you won’t be able to get any email or access network resources and for gods sake unplug the wireless card and take it with you when you’re done for the day.

Trick 2:
Remember dial-up?
Yes I know it is slow, but if you can do it, it’s almost completely untraceable (but the phone logs could still be a concern). In order for this to work the following things will have to be true.

1) Does your PC have a modem (or can you install a USB modem like this one)
2) Is your desk phone line capable of handling data? Not all work phones are these days, the only way to find out is to try it

A lot of people don’t realize that they get a dial-up account with their broadband package. I know for a fact Earthlink includes dial-up for their broadband users. Give their customer service line a call and find out. If you’re going to try this don’t forget to mute your PC speakers because sometimes modems will simulate dial up sounds through them. Like in the previous trick you may have to disable your internal network card to pull this off.

Trick 3:
Get your self a Internet enabled phone or handheld device
This trick is pretty obvious but if you have not looked at new cell phones or PDAs in awhile you might be surprised in how far they have come. Check out the LG VX9800 EV-DO Phone for instance

Sure your going to have to sink some money into this and it will be on a tiny little screen, but is the most foolproof way to go. There is just no way for your boss to know what you’re doing unless he has a camera on you. And if you work at that type of place I think you better off just keeping your head down and working.

Part 2
: Exploiting the system

The top 2 in the web monitoring market are Surf Control and Websense. So in this section I am going to give you a couple of ways to blow right past them.

Trick 4:
Getting past surf control is very easy, due to a serious bug in its code. It blocks a website based on its name or its IP address, but websites address can also be written in hex. Simply Hex is another way to write a number like binary. Anyways Surfcontrol does not know what do with a hex address so it just lets it go through. Long story short if your company uses Surfcontrol click here http://0x40.0xeb.0xfa.0x32/ and you can probably get to Howard’s website. Newer versions of the software might be able to block it, but that depends on your company spending money to upgrade and your IT staff getting off their asses and patching the servers.

Trick 5
A very easy way to bypass Websense is to disable the proxy setting it needs to work. If you’re using Internet Explorer you can do this by going to tools, then internet options, then go the connections tab, on the bottom that page click on LAN settings. On this page look for the Proxy server box and Uncheck it. Then click OK and then OK again. Finally open and close your browser again. Some IT departments are aware that you can do this and deny permissions to the Internet Explorer control panel. The most common way of doing this is to change the name of the file that runs launches the control panel in the system folder. But you might be able to find it with a litte bit of searching.

Part 3: Going External

In this section I am going to cover the basics of using a computer outside your corporate network to bypass censorware. These tricks are a little more complex then I can cover in one post. So at the bottom you will find some links to other websites that will cover them in even more detail.

Trick 6:
Remote Desktop, is an awesome feature of Windows XP that is not widely known out side of the techie world. But if you have XP at home all you need to do is enable it and find out your IP address. The upside of this trick is that it leaves no trace of the sites you have been to. Everything but the keystrokes is done on your computer at home. If your PC at work is running XP then you will already have the client piece installed. It should be under asscerories/communcation. If your work PC is Windows 2000 or older you can install it from Microsoft’s website. But, again you will need admin rights for that.

Trick 7:
Web proxies or a proxy service are sites that allow you to connect to another website through their site. Basically you just point your browser at the proxy, which has its own address bar on the page you put the address in, hit enter and it shows you the page. The web monitoring system can only see that you connected to the proxy and it has no idea what you are really looking at. The downside is that eventually web proxy pages end up on the band list too. But, new ones spring up all the time.

Trick 8:
SSH is a tunneling protocol developed for linux. There is a handy windows based client called Putty.exe. With it and a linux box set up at home you can pull off something called port forwarding. This is way out side the scope of this post. But I will tell you this is what us IT pros do to bypass stuff. If you want to know more use google to research it.

Below you will find a list of some of the best Proxies for remaining anonymous and addtional resources to explain some of these topics in more depth. One last thing do not forget to clear your history and temp files when you are done surfing. I don't know about you guys out there but I can not wait for Howard Stern's big jumpt to Sirius satellite radio I think the show is going to be twice as good with out censors. Oh yeah, and get back to work you slackers!!!
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1:23 AM

to all of the major RSS feed directories on the Internet.    

3:15 PM

I'd say putty's the best way because the proxy connection is also encrypted. :) A little slower but reliable :)    

4:34 PM

At work we use a firewall it will block all outboud traffic on port 80 except from the proxy server. It doesn't block things like port 22 and some other ports. So like trick 7 says I have a proxy set up at home on an open port. I set my browser to point to my ip and all my web traffic goes to my machine and then my machine surfs for me. I use a program called free proxy. Another method that used to work was to just use the ip address for the web server rather then the name. You can go to a DOS prompt and type ping it will show the ip ( Then you can go to your web browser and type and sometimes your proxy server won't block it because that IP isn't on the block list.    

8:32 PM

Another super easy trick is to download Mozilla Firefox. If you have a limited account just install it to a usb hotswap card or your mydocuments folder and it will bypass it all. Good alternitive if you cant get to IE's control panel!    

9:40 PM

Free Proxy!!! hm....    

12:49 AM

Some of these tricks would work, but I think Websense is much more difficult than just uncheck the proxy box. I deal with this everyday. One program that would work is called Ultrasurf62. Look into it. This may or may not help. It worked for me before...    

1:51 AM then go to translate. You can enter a address into the entry bar and hit translate to english and it will bring it up like the proxy... always unblocked for translating in schools and no downloads... lol... i stubbled upon this page accidently and I remember putting porn up in the library ahha    

6:27 PM

Great post.

I like the detail :)    

9:32 AM

nice tut, however how do i convert a website into that sort of hex?    

11:26 AM

man seriously guy, good job posting all of this, but I can't believe YOU'RE an IT professional if you can't differentiate between you're and your. but yeah.    

12:16 PM

To convert a web URL to HEX.
Open up your command prompt:
Ping the website that you want to view
This will give you the IP address:
Open up the windows calculator
Choose scientific mode
For each number in the above ip address, get the hex number
66 would be 42
Then the URL would be http://0x42.....

Note 0x tells the browser its hex, so you need this infront of each number    

8:16 AM

Thhe following script can do the conversion    

2:54 PM

Also, you can always ping the site your after, get it's IP address and use the port forwarding feature of but you need to make sure you pick the "Mask URL" option in's domain manager!    

7:41 PM

I don't know very much about this kind of stuff, but my school recently installed webscence on their network and now I can't get to the sites I normally go to during my study hall. I have my own laptop running XP home which I use and use firefox as my browser. Could I get some help as how to get around websence?    

8:59 PM

There are two very easy ways to get past firewalls and access control programs that suck. At my school we use an MOE control program.

1. Mozilla Firefox will bypass most programs because the program simply does not recognise Firefox.

2. Type the address in hexidecimal code. To do this:

Open your command prompt [Windows
Start => Run => command]. Type
ping (or whatever your preferred site is) into the prompt. Convert the numbers in the IP to hexidecimal. To do this:

i) Open the windows calculator
ii) Select Scientific from the View menu
iii)Type in the first number of the IP.
iv) Select Hex (beside Dec, the default mode)
v) repeat for all numbers
vi) type in as follows:
Where ## is the Hex equivalent you just calculated.

The good news is: you only need to do this once per website.

More advanced users may want to try downloading a porn (or other) virus. This will make the IT at the other end go absoultely nuts and more than likely disable the firewall/access control program and hope no one notices.    

10:24 PM

A MUCH better way to get around Websense's blocks are by using the 8090 proxy. After the website you want to access simply input

For example:

If there is more to input into your URL just addit after the 8090.


It runs a bit slower than normal web acees, but is MUCH faster than using altavista's translator.    

2:41 AM

any site u want, easy as pie    

3:28 AM do u use the hex feature on the calculator??? after inserting a number what button do u press to convert? thxs    

7:37 AM

another mirror-like website:    

1:34 PM

I recommend either waiting till you get home to do these things (ya right!) OR go to this amazing site and use it.
*Hint for you people that are dumb, look in the upper lefthand corner of the page.    

4:08 PM

All your stuff will be useless when they begin to block IPS and hex and bin and whatever you want to type there... and they will begin to do it faster than you can imagine. You don't know those bastards!    

9:45 PM

Nothing works anymore, gonna try hex    

7:45 AM

i cant use HEX mode to view website    

5:34 PM

have u guys ever tried using a proxy website to access the website that is being blocked.... for my skool it works like a charm    

10:07 PM

I always use

nice thing about this is, .gov and .org sites are almost always unblocked.

I always used that to bypass my old works firewall, since they had a restriction on all outgoing websites of .com and the sort, minus a few sites that was for work. Worked like a charm ;)    

10:17 PM or    

10:09 AM

none of this stuff works at my school, any other ideas?    

8:48 AM    

12:29 PM

can some ne please help me i need a major comp geek my school has blocked almost every prxy site there is and i just want to get on my space please some one help me whats a good site?!?!?!?!?!    

9:40 AM


Anonymous proxy list from today :    

1:19 PM

i need to get past the restriction that blocks the internet options,also, 99/100 anonymizer sites are bloked    

6:05 AM

In my old school they did'nt have site blockers but my new scholl does!

i wonder why i moved?...    

10:08 AM

Is tehre any chances, that the IT department can access my host computer if I use remote desktop?
Seems like it will be the only option for me.
Hex works fine to get to a site but once I click on say mail, websense comes back saying web based mail is blocked as is anything to do with How can I get past that point?    

2:35 AM

Two that I know off, I work at a school, 17, I know what its like, but I get to see what is filtered, I will come here more often and update what I find out for all you Myspace/Bebo lovers out there.    

2:47 AM

In the address bar type in for For
Bebos Hex code is http://0xCF.0x7.0x95.0x32/
Myspaces Hex Code is

And from my comment above ^^ Its actually Sorry
and thats IP is    

8:04 PM

they blocked the all webproxies & hexcode in myspace too! its that possible? so how can i acces to my site?huhuhu
my fucking company use smartfilter software!!    

4:28 AM

could you convert the following url into hex?
i didn't really check this ...    

2:54 PM
Running Silent is a Free web based proxy service. Use this to slip under the radar at school, work, or even home! This proxy works great with and other websites thanks to the ability to use cookies if you wish.    

2:09 AM

im sorry but none of you proxy sites work it still will not by pass my school internet blocker please help best regards anon..    

12:05 PM is a free web proxy, try it out.    

4:10 AM

Hi, I am at a school and I can't get the Stern Show streamed with the proxy servers through our network. Do you know a way I can listen to the show and bypass the network? Even when I go to through a proxy server everything is a little jumbled. When I try to "Listen Online" I can't get anything. (I've tried with a couple dozen proxies and I seem to get the same result each time.) Thanks so much for any info you may have :)    

12:28 PM has fresh daily proxies, they even let you signup for text messages of new proxies.    

11:04 PM

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3:53 AM

My skol was cool last year, but this year.... its sucks! there are many blocked websites. HELP!!!!!!!!! DcZne    

3:56 AM

I have tried more than 40% of dis trick i can get in.... its and IT skol guys. I THINK THATS WHY ITS SO HARD.    

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