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How to block websites on Windows

May 19, 2020 · 3 min read

How to block websites on Windows

You probably want to protect your kid from adult websites, scams, or online games that distract them from their homework. Or maybe you find yourself procrastinating and scrolling through random sites too often. Luckily, there is a way to protect your children and improve your productivity. Learn the various methods on how to block a website on Windows below.

Why you might need to block websites

Webpage blocking is useful for the following reasons:

  • Children can’t access inappropriate content;
  • You can prevent someone from accessing illegal websites from your network;
  • You can avoid illegal or malicious downloads;
  • You can block websites that distract you;
  • You can control your bandwidth by limiting access to sites that use lots of it.

How to block a website by editing host files on Windows

1. Click the Windows button;

How to block websites on Windows

2. Type Notepad in the search field. Then right-click on Notepad and click Run as administrator;

How to block websites on Windows

3. In Notepad open the file c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts;

4. Then enter 127.0.0.1 plus the website you want to block. For example, if you want to block Facebook, enter “127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com”. You can add as many sites as you like this way;

How to block websites on Windows

5. Save the changes and close the file;

6. Now the websites are blocked. However, for the changes to take place, you must restart your browser if it was open during the procedure.

How to block websites by changing parental control settings

1. First, you should set up a different Windows user account for your child. To do this go to Settings by clicking on the gear icon in the Start menu;

How to block websites on Windows

2. Go to Accounts;

How to block websites on Windows

3. Choose Family & other users, click the Add a family member button and enter all the required information;

How to block websites on Windows

4. Click Manage family settings online;

How to block websites on Windows

5. It will redirect you to https://account.microsoft.com/, where you should choose More options->Content restrictions;

How to block websites on Windows

6. In the Web browsing section turn Block inappropriate websites function to On;

How to block websites on Windows

7. Enter websites you wish to block to the section named Always blocked and click the plus sign. You can add as many websites as you wish here.

How to block websites on Windows

How to block a website using your router

You can block certain websites for your entire network by tweaking your router settings. The process, however, will probably be different for every router. It will probably involve entering your router’s address in your browser’s address field and looking for parental control, URL filtering, webpage blocking, or other similar options. There, you’ll be able to enter the websites you want to block.

However, remember that this method does not impose a restriction on the device level. Users can still bypass the blocks by connecting to another network (for example, your neighbor’s Wi-Fi or at school).

How to block a website on Google Chrome

You can also block websites on the browser level. There are lots of browser extensions available for Chrome that can block or limit certain websites, for example, BlockSite, WasteNoTime or StayFocusd. Most extensions also blacklist malicious and scam sites. You just need to download one. It usually appears in the top-right of the browser. Most of them are easy-to-use. Just make sure you use the reliable ones.

How to block websites with third-party software

You can use third-party software such as firewalls and antiviruses too. Just make sure you use safe ones that don’t collect your data or infect you with malware.

NordVPN has its own Cybersec function, which automatically blocks dangerous websites and makes your browsing way safer. Try it along our fast and secure virtual private network.

If you want to find out how to blacklist a website on Android, read our guide here.

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Paul Black
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Paul is a technology and art enthusiast who is always eager to explore the most up-to-date issues in cybersec and internet freedom. He is always in search for new and unexplored angles to share with his readers.


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