How to block a website

There are many reasons why people search how to block a website. One of the most common is to prevent children from accessing sites with inappropriate content. For employers, blocking websites is the easiest way to increase productivity. Let us show you how to block access to a website and avoid problems connected with it.

The hosts file method and blocking website in Internet Explorer are free but can be easily bypassed. The best way is to use special software such as HT Employee Monitor for business or HT Parental Controls for home that let you block websites more effective and have many other features.

How to block a website using software

HT Employee Monitor and HT Parental Controls is blocking software that let you block any website reliably and easily in all popular browsers.

  1. Download and install the software on your computer(s).
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  2. Click Website Blocking.
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. In the appeared box, type the website address or keyword you want to block, for example,
  5. Click OK.

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HT Employee Monitor and HT Parental Controls are easy to use and effective software that allows you to restrict user activity and internet usage. With the software, you can:

Instead of blocking websites, you can limit time on them

  1. Click Website Limiting.
  2. Add websites you want to limit.
  3. Specify the time user can spend on these sites.

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How to block a website using the Hosts file

The location of the hosts file depends on your operation system. For Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 it is C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

For Windows 2000 it is C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

  1. Open the hosts file using Notepad or other plain text editor.
  2. Find the line localhost.
  3. To block a website, add its URL under localhost.
    For example, to block youtube, add under the line.
  4. Save and close the Hosts file.
  5. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.

Note! Make a backup of the hosts file and put it somewhere safe.

How to block a website on Internet Explorer

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

How to block a website in spite of proxy servers

Unfortunately, the hosts file method and blocking a website in Internet Explorer are far from ideal. They can be easily bypassed. For example, web-based proxy servers allow getting a blocked website. These methods are also not universal and may not be appropriate to your computer configuration or to your browser. How to block a website in spite of proxy servers. The best way to block a website is to use professional blocking software.

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HT Employee Monitor and HT Parental Controls help you reliably block or limit any website in a few clicks saving you time and efforts.

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