How to Block Websites

Blocking websites is the most requested feature of parental control software. That is the only way to protect your children from inappropriate content. In the office, this feature will help you to increase the productivity of employees by restricting access to social networks (Facebook, Twitter) and entertainment content (Youtube, online games). This article will show you how to block websites in three different ways. Two of them are free but have a number of shortcomings and can be easily bypassed. We will show you how to how to block websites using special software.

How to Block Websites Using Special Software

The best way to block websites is using special software - HT Parental Controls for home and HT Employee Monitor for office.

  1. Download and install HT Employee Monitor or HT Parental Controls.
    Download HT Employee Monitor for business use
    Download HT Parental Controls for home use
  2. Click the Block Websites button.
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. In the appeared box, type the website address that you want to block or keyword, for example, twitter.

How to block websites

HT Employee Monitor is easy to use and effective computer monitoring software that lets you restrict user activity and internet usage.

The program allows you to:

  • Block websites in all major browsers - Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera.
  • Block websites by address and keywords.
  • Block websites by categories - Adult content, Porn, Gambling, Chats, Violence, Alcohol, Drugs, etc.
  • Block specified applications, for example, games, instant messengers.
  • Monitor computer activities such as visited websites, applications, screenshots.

HT Employee Monitor and Parental Controls are designed to block inappropriate content quickly and reliably. The software has multilevel protection again bypassing and allows blocking websites in all common browsers.

It will help you accomplish this task the best way and provides you many other useful features to recognize threats and stop them.

How to Block Websites in Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools.
  2. Click Internet Options.
  3. Click on the Content tab.
  4. Click the Enable button.
  5. Click on the Approved Sites tab.
  6. Type the website address you want to block, for example, youtube.com.
  7. Click Never and then OK.
  8. In the window that appears, type and confirm your new password.
  9. Click on the General tab and make sure to select Users can see websites that have no ratings.
  10. Click OK.

How to Block Websites using the Hosts File

Note! Make a backup of the hosts file and put it somewhere safe, in case you make a mistake.

  1. Open the hosts file using Notepad or another plain text editor.
  2. Find the line 127.0.0.1 localhost.
  3. To block, for example, the website youtube.com, add this text under 127.0.0.1 localhost:
       127.0.0.1 youtube.com
  4. Save and close the Hosts file.
  5. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.
  6. Try to open facebook.com into a browser.

How to Block Websites in Spite of Proxy Servers

When you block websites using the Hosts file or Internet Explorer website blocking feature, you should be aware that users can easily bypass your restrictions. First, they can use a proxy server. Second, they can access the websites using the https protocol, such https://facebook.com. Finally, these methods do not work in one of the most popular web browsers - Google Chrome. So how to reliably block websites in all browsers and be confident that users cannot access them?

Depending on the situation, you can choose HT Parental Control to protect your family computers or HT Employee Monitor to block websites in your office.