Learn how to keep yourself and your family safe online. This article will demonstrate how to block websites in Windows 10 with easy-to-follow steps.
There are times when you may want to block certain websites from being accessed by your computer. This article will explain how to block websites in Windows 10.
Using the Windows Hosts File
The Windows Hosts file is a simple text file that stores website addresses. It can be used to block access to certain websites by redirecting them to a blank page or to another page of your choosing.
To begin, open the Notepad program as an administrator. To do this, right-click on the Start button and select Run. Type in “notepad” and click OK. This should open the Notepad program. If a User Account Control window pops up, click Yes to give permission for the program to run.
Next, open the Windows Hosts file. To do this, click on File, then Open. In the File name box, type in “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” and click Open. This should open the Windows Hosts file in Notepad.
Once the file is open, you can add the website address that you want to block. To do this, type “127.0.0.1” followed by the website address. For example, if you want to block the website www.example.com, type “127.0.0.1 www.example.com”. You can block multiple websites by adding them on separate lines.
When you are done, click on File and then Save. Close Notepad and you should now be able to block the websites you added to the Windows Hosts file.
Using a Third-Party Program
If you don’t want to use the Windows Hosts file, you can also block websites using a third-party program. There are many programs available online that can help you block websites on your computer.
One popular program is OpenDNS Home. This is a free program that allows you to block certain websites from being accessed on your computer. To use the program, you will need to create an account.
Once you have an account, you can add the websites that you want to block. You can also set up a password so that only you can access the blocked websites.
Once you have added the websites, they should be blocked on your computer. You can unblock them by signing in to your OpenDNS Home account and removing the websites from the list.
Using the Windows 10 Parental Controls
Windows 10 also has built-in parental controls that can be used to block websites. To access these controls, open the Start menu and select Settings. Then, click on Family & other users.
On the Family & other users page, click on Manage family settings online. This will take you to the Microsoft Family website, where you can sign in with your Microsoft account.
Once you are signed in, you can click on the Family tab and then click on the child’s account that you want to manage. On the child’s account page, you can click on Web browsing and then select Block inappropriate websites.
You can then enter the websites that you want to block. When you are done, click Save and the websites should be blocked on the child’s account.
Blocking websites in Windows 10 is a great way to keep your computer secure and prevent access to certain websites. You can use the Windows Hosts file, a third-party program, or the Windows 10 Parental Controls to block websites. All of these methods are easy to use and can help you keep your computer safe.