There can be any number of reasons for you to want to block
a particular website.
It might be a known malicious site or a website with pages
containing inappropriate material.
Whatever the reason, you can block a website (or group of
websites) with just a few mouse clicks using the built in functions of your
Some browsers, however, such as Internet Explorer and Google
Chrome, have built-in features to do just that, while others, such as Mozilla
Firefox, require an additional tool.
Start the browser and click the "Tools" menu option.
Select "Internet Options," click the "Privacy" tab then
Type the website URL in the "Address of website"
box and click "Block" in the "Per Site Privacy Actions"
Click "OK" and then "OK" again to save
the new settings.
Start the browser and click the wrench icon in the top right
corner of the window.
Select "Tools" and click "Under the
Select "Change Proxy Settings," click
"Security" tab and double-click the "Restricted Sites"
Click "Sites," type in the website URL and click
Close all windows.
Discreetly Block a Website
If you find a friend, co-worker or your child has visited
websites that cause problems on your computer, such as pop-up ads, viruses or
just slowing down your computer, you will want to block those sites so they
can't be accessed.
Browsers come equipped with privacy or security settings
that allow you to block websites, but they don't always work well and are easy
Instead, find your computer's Host file and add the
offending websites to that file.
Those sites will be blocked and, if you make the file
password inaccessible, others who use your computer won't be able to undo the
changes you have made.
Click "Start" in the lower left-hand corner of your computer screen,
or click on the Windows emblem.
Choose "All Programs," "Accessories,"
then "Command Prompt."
A screen will appear.
C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts" where the cursor is located,
without the quotation marks.
Don't move the cursor first, just start typing.
The Host file will open in a Notepad screen.
Look for the line that says: "127.0.0.1
localhost," without the quotation marks.
Under that line, enter the IP address and the name of the
website you wish to block, separated by at least one space. If you wish to block
more than one website, list each on an individual line.
For instance, if you wanted to block Facebook, you would
type on a single line:
Save the file after you have added all the websites you wish
After saving it, close the file and close the command prompt
Locating IP Addresses
Use the Ping command to find out the IP address of a
website. On the lower left-hand corner of your screen, click on
"Start." Choose "All Programs." Select
"Accessories." Choose "Command Prompt."
Type "ping www.food.com" without the quotation
Press the "Enter" key. A list of IP addresses will
appear for that website.
High-traffic websites such as Facebook will often have a
range of IP addresses.
Copy and paste the IP addresses to a separate page, such as
Notepad, and save them.
Go back to the command prompt and type in the command
described above for locating the Host file.
Enter each IP address and the name of the website on a
If you have six IP addresses for one site, for instance,
you'll have a different IP address but the same website URL on each line.