How to Ban a Website

In the article we tried to consider the most popular methods to block a website and provide detailed instructions with screenshots on how to ban a website in all major browsers with reviews of advantages and disadvantages of each method.


How to Ban a Website with our Internet Filter

Realization
  1. Download and install PM Employee Monitor.
  2. On the Controls menu, click Website Filter.
  3. Click the Add button near the Banned Websites list.

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  1. Enter a URL or a keyword, then click OK.
  2. Click Save Changes.

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Advantages of banning a website with PM Employee Monitor

  1. It is suitable for all browsers.
  2. Your ban can't be removed, only the person who knows the special hotkeys and password can remote it.
  3. It can't be bypassed with web-based proxy servers or anonymizers.
  4. It blocks all pages of unwanted website. See how to block certain websites - works for any browser.
  5. It allows blocking categories of websites with a similar topic, you don't need to enter hundreds of website addresses manually.
  6. It can ban websites by a keyword, each website that contains the specified keyword will be blocked.
  7. It allows you to limit time spent on a website, if you don't want to block the website completely. For example, you can limit Facebook to 30 minutes per day.

Disadvantages of banning a website with PM Soft

  1. It is not free. However, we provide great volume discount prices.

Problems with the realization of the method

Please write us if the pogram does not work properly or you have any questions or suggestion.

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How to Ban a Website Using the Hosts File

Realization
  1. If you use Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP, open the
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\ folder. If you use Windows 2000, open the
    C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\ folder.
  2. In the folder find the 'hosts' file and open it using Notepad or other text editor.

ban a website hosts file folder

  1. Find the line '127.0.0.1 localhost'. It is usually located at the end of the file.
  2. Add the line '127.0.0.1 address_of_unwanted_website.com' under the line '127.0.0.1 localhost'. For example: 127.0.0.1 facebook.com

ban a website hosts file

  1. Save and close the Hosts file without changing its extension.
  2. Reboot your computer.

Advantages of blocking a website using the hosts file

  1. It's free.
  2. It's suitable for all browsers.

Disadvantages of blocking a website using the hosts file

  1. To change the Host file you must have the administrative rights.
  2. The ban can be easily removed in the same way as you set it.
  3. It can be easily bypassed with web-based proxy servers or anonymizers.
  4. This method allows you to block just one website page which address is completely coincided with the address you added to the Hosts file. For example, if you add facebook.com, only the main mage of Facebook will be blocked, all the rest, like facebook.com/video or facebook.com/friends, will be allowed.
  5. You may encounter the following problems:

Problems with the realization of the Hosts file method

  1. When you try to save the Hosts file with your changes, the Access is Denied splash windows may appear.
    Solution: Copy the Hosts file in another folder and make your changes in the copy. Then replace it to the original folder.
  2. When editing the Hosts file, you can make mistakes, that would be difficult to fix. In addition, this file is unique for each computer.
    Solution: Make a backup of the original Hosts file.
  3. In some text editor, it is hard to save files without extension which the Hosts file has not.

See conclusion



How to Ban a Website on Google Chrome

Realization
  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Wrench symbol in the upper right corner.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click the Under the Hood tab.
  5. Click the Change Proxy Settings button.

ban a website on Chrome -> Change proxy settings

  1. On the Security tab, click Restricted Sites.
  2. Click the Site buttons.

ban a website on Chrome -> Options

  1. Type the URL of the website you want to ban and click the Add button.
  2. Close the windows.

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Advantages of banning a website on Google Chrome

  1. It is free.
  2. It is easy to realize.

Disadvantages of banning a website on Google Chrome

  1. It is suitable only for Chrome and IE, other browsers will not block the forbidden site.
  2. The ban can be easily removed in the same way it was set.
  3. It can be bypassed with web-based proxy servers or anonymizers.
  4. It allows you to block just one page of website which address is completely coincided with the address in the Hosts file.
  5. You may encounter the following problems:

Problems with the realization of the method

  1. Google Chrome uses the same algorithm of blocking websites as Internet Explorer, so if your IE does not block the forbidden website, the same problem will be with Chrome.
    Solution: Use another methods.

See conclusion.



How to Ban a Website on Internet Explorer

Realization
  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. Click on the Privacy tab.
  4. Click the Sites button.

ban a website on internet explorer privacy tab

  1. Enter the URL of the site you want to ban in the Address of Website field.
  2. Click the Block button.
  3. The website will appear in the Managed websites list with the Always Block mark.
  4. Click OK and close the window.

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Advantages of blocking a website on Internet Explorer

  1. It is free.
  2. It is easy to realize.

Disadvantages of blocking a website on Internet Explorer

  1. It is suitable only for Internet Explorer, so a user can open the forbidden site in other browsers.
  2. The ban can be easily removed in the same way was set.
  3. It can be bypassed with web-based proxy servers or anonymizers.
  4. This method allows you to block just one page of website which address is completely coincided with the address you added to the Hosts file.
  5. You may encounter the following problems:

Problems with the realization of the method

  1. It may not work and Internet Explorer will not block the forbidden website. Make sure that Internet Explorer blocks the site, otherwise use another method.

See conclusion.



How to Ban Website on Firefox

Realization

Mozilla Firefox does not have a built-in method to block websites, like Chrome or other browsers. To ban websites on Firefox you have to install an additional tool 'BlockSite' offered by Firefox.

  1. Visit https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/blocksite/.
  2. Download and install the add-ons, then restart the browser.
  3. On the Tools menu, select Add-ons.
  4. Click the BlockSite Options button.

ban a website on Firefox add-ons

  1. Make sure that the Blacklist radio button and the Enable BlockSite checkbox are selected.
  2. Check the Enable authentication checkbox, and enter a password.
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. Type the URL of website you want to block and click OK.
  5. Restart Firefox.

ban a website on Firefox

Advantages of blocking a website on Firefox

  1. It is free.

Disadvantages of blocking a website on Firefox

  1. It is suitable only for Firefox, the forbidden website can be opened on other browsers.
  2. The ban can be easily removing by uninstalling the add-ons.
  3. It can be bypassed with web-based proxy servers or anonymizers.
  4. You may encounter the following problems:

Problems with the realization of the method

  1. Your computer may hang.
    Solution: Restart your computer or end the 'firefox.exe' process in Task Manager.
  2. The BlockSite application may not work properly on your computer.
    Solution: Use another method.


Conclusion

Free popular methods are ineffective and can be easily bypassed with web-based proxy servers or anonymizers. The most universal among them is banning a website with the Hosts file method which does not depend on the browser you use. Banning a website with the Internet Explorer and Google Chrome options may not work on many computers.
We recommend you to ban a website with a special internet filter like PM Employee Monitor that blocks websites in all browsers and can't be bypassed. It is very easy to configure and has a lot of features allowing you to control user activities on your computer.

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