How to block eBay and Online Shopping Sites

Many search how to block eBay. As one of the biggest multinational shopping website, eBay provides masses of goods and services. People can spend a lot of money and time on it being distracted from work and studies. It's problematic for employers and parents, schools and universities.

Let us show how to block eBay and online shopping using three different methods, see detailed instructions with screenshots:


The first and second methods are free, but can be easily unblocked. You can block eBay, limit time on eBay or stop online shopping completely with special software such as PM Employee Monitor. The program has many other features allowing you to control your computer use and has not disadvantages of free methods.

How to block eBay and online shopping using PM Employee Monitor

PM Employee Monitor is a special blocking software that let you block ebay and other shopping sites in a one click.

  1. Download and install PM Employee Monitor.
  2. Click Website Filter.
  3. Select the Shopping checkbox.
  4. Save Changes.

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PM Employee Monitor allows you to ban or limit the time spent on eBay and online shopping sites, social networking or any of websites or programs and has many features to monitor and control computer activity.

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How to block eBay on Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the google chrome symbol symbol in the upper right corner and select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the windows.

chrome settings


  1. Click the Change Proxy Settings.. button.

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  1. Open the Security tab.
  2. Select Restricted Sites and click the Sites button.

chrome restricted sites


  1. Type ebay.com in the Add this website to the zone field and click Add.

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How to block eBay with the Hosts file

  1. Open the folder
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\ for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
    C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\ for Windows 2000
  2. Open the Hosts file with Notepad. Right-click the "hosts" file, choose "Open" and open the file in Notepad.
    Note! You must have the administrator rights to change the Hosts file in Windows 8, 7.
  3. Find the line '127.0.0.1 localhost'. It is usually located at the end of the file.
  4. Under it or at the end of the document, add the line '127.0.0.1 eBay.com'.

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  1. On the menu File, click Save.
  2. Close the Hosts file and restart your computer.


Disadvantages of blocking sites with the Hosts file or on Google Chrome

Unfortunately, free methods have disadvantages.

  1. A user can unblock the forbidden site. There are many ways how to unblock a banned website. The easier ones are to use the proxy server or remote the restriction in the same way it was set.
  2. Blocking eBay in Chrome does not make it impossible to visit the website in other browsers or under other users.
  3. The Hosts file and blocking on Chrome restrict only certain webpage, all other pages of website will be available. For example, only the main page of the website will be blocked.
  4. Free methods can work improperly or do not work at all.

We recommend you two our programs to block eBay and online shopping sites. PM Staff Admin allows you lock certain websites for all users in all most popular browsers in a few clicks. PM Employee Monitor except website and application filter has a full range of monitoring features.


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