How to Block Facebook

Is too much time spent on Facebook? You wish to block Facebook website for your children or employees. Read this article to find 3 ways how to block Facebook on your computer suitable for all versions of Windows - Windows 10, 8 and 7.

How to Block Facebook with Blocking Software

The best way to block the Facebook website with no chance of being bypassed is to use special software such as HT Employee Monitor for business or HT Parental Controls for home that allows you to block Facebook simply and reliably and has many useful features. With the software, you can block any website in a few clicks on all popular browsers and all Windows versions.

  1. Download and install the software.
    Download HT Employee Monitor
    Download HT Parental Controls
  2. Click Facebook Blocking.
  3. Click Facebook on the list and select Block.
  4. Click Apply.

How to block Facebook

Note! Select Limit if you want to limit the time a user can spend on Facebook. See how to limit time on Facebook

Now the Facebook website is blocked for your users. The specific websites will not be allowed or will be limited based on your settings by the amount of time users can spend on it or by a schedule. If someone tries accessing the websites, he will get an empty page.

Besides blocking Facebook on the computer, HT Employee Monitor and HT Parental Controls have many other options. They combine effective filters with monitoring and blocking features which allow restricting and recording any user activity. With the software, you can:

Block Facebook and social networking sites

Block the site in all these major browsers - Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox

Monitor your users' computer activities

Monitor visited websites, launched programs, screenshots, computer time, etc.

Block websites by categories

Block unwanted websites in up to 10 categories - Adult Content, Gambling, Violence, Drugs, etc.

Restrict access to any applications

Block games, instant messengers, browsers, and so on

Block websites by keywords

Block inappropriate keywords from search and results

Get remote access to the program logs and filters

Manage computers remotely across the network

How to Block Facebook on Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click Tools.
  2. Click Internet Options > Security.
  3. On the Security tab, click Restricted Sites and then the Site button under.

restricted sites

  1. Enter and click Add.
  2. Close the window.

block facebook on internet explorer

Note! The method is suitable for Internet Explorer only and cannot block Facebook on other browsers.

How to Block Facebook Using the Hosts File

The host file is a Windows service file which is also used by some browsers. The location of the hosts file depends on your operating system.

For Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP, the file is located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Note! Make a backup of the hosts file and put it somewhere safe, in case you make a mistake.
  1. Open the hosts file by using Notepad or another plain text editor.
  2. Copy the following:
    # block facebook
  3. Paste it into the Hosts file after localhost.
  4. Save and close the Hosts file.
  5. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.

block facebook hosts file

Note! Pay attention that when you block Facebook by using the Hosts file, users can access Facebook through the HTTPS protocol. See how to block
Note! Pay attention as Google Chrome may ignore the Hosts file. See how to block Facebook on Google Chrome

Blocking with a Whitelist

One more way to block Facebook is to use a While List. What is it? Blocking with the whitelist is the most strict but the most effective and productive kind of blocking at the same time.

You can forbid all websites and permit only those which are necessary for work or study. For example, Wikipedia, the school website, e-libraries, etc.

Disadvantages of Free Methods

On the Internet, you can find lots of article with instructions on how to block access to specific sites. Most of them advise making changes in the hosts file or Interest Explorer settings. It's unfortunate, but these methods have disadvantages.

  1. They can be easily bypassed.

    A user will look for ways to bypass your ban and quickly learn about anonymizers. He can access an anonymizer, enter needed URL and the anonymizer forwards the request to the forbidden website on its behalf. The problem is that you can block all thousands of anonymizers.

    The user can launch another browser or change the hosts file in the same way to visit a banned website.

  2. They block only specific page of the site.

    One more shortcoming of these methods is that they block only one specified page of the website. So for it will be just the main page while others will be available.

  3. They may not work correctly on your computer.

    Many people complain that they have difficulties installing the ban. Many complain that even after the ban has been properly set, nothing happens - the banned websites can be opened as if they had not been banned. It's a real lottery in some cases.

What to do to avoid these disadvantages and block Facebook reliably. Use our blocking software that allows blocking unsuitable sites despite anonymizers and proxy servers, supports all popular browsers and Windows versions.

Use HT Employee Monitor for business which allows you to block unwanted websites and increase employee productivity and HT Parental Controls for home which helps you to make the Internet safe for your children. Try all methods and choose the method most suitable for you.