Thursday, 26 March 2015

How to Block Websites on your Windows Computer

How to block websites by editing the Windows Hosts file .

The location of the windows host file depends on your operating system’s version .
For Windows XPVista , Windows 7 and Windows 8 : C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
For Windows 2000 :  C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Follow these steps to block websites with this method . For this method we will take Facebook as an example .
  1. Browse the location of the Windows host file
  2. Open the hosts file using the notepad or any text editor .
  3. Find the line  “ localhost”
  4. Add a line “” under the “ localhost” as shown below in the screenshot .
block sites on your computer
  1. Since this method blocks the exact url address you entered in your hosts file . you also need to add another line incase somebody enters without the www “ Facebook” . take a look at the screenshot below for reference .
  2. If you want to block more website then you need to add 1 to the internal ip ( ) and specify the website URL address right next to it with a space . Lets add YouTube to the list of blocked websites . For that we will take “” and add it to the hosts file .
editing hosts file to block websites
  1. Save and replace the hosts file in the etc folder without any extension .
  2. No open command prompt by pressing Windows + R key on the keyboard . type “ cmd.exe “without the quotes  in the run window and press enter .
command prompt
  1. In the command prompt type “ ipconfig /flushdns “ and press enter . Now we have successfully blocked facebook and youtube access from your computer .
command prompt flushdns
  1. Reopen any web browser and enter facebook’s url address to confirm . Now the websites specified in the hosts files are blocked .
websites blocked succesfully
If you want to unblock the websites again , simply delete the entries you made earlier and save the hosts file .
But if your childrens are tech savvy they can easily edit the hosts file and unblock the blocked sites . Lets check another method which should not be accessible by your tech savvy childrens  . Further using this method of blocking websites lets you implement the block on multiple devices connecting through your router , which means your childrens cannot access the blocked sites on their cellphones and laptops too .


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