The internet is full of wonderful resources; you can get information about anything under the sun with just the click of a few buttons. The possibilities of the internet are infinite and the benefits are inestimable. However, the flip side to this is the proliferation of ugly and undesirable content.
The two good things you can achieve by blocking websites on Chrome are protection from unsavory and malicious content and being more productive by blocking all sorts of distractions.
If you have children using the computer, you might want to block certain unsavory websites to protect your children. To keep them from viewing objectionable content, you can block websites on Chrome.
There are some websites are known to harbor malicious malware. To avoid accidental opening of such websites, one solution is to block those websites from Chrome permanently.
The internet can be a huge distraction when you are trying to get work done and bring down productivity drastically. Social media is a great addition, known to cut into productivity. You can block websites sites like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat temporarily from Chrome to keep you focused on work.
6 Ways to Block Websites on Chrome
There are several methods you can use to block unnecessary content on the Google Chrome browser.
Method 1: Use Chrome Extensions
You can block websites on Chrome easily using Chrome extensions. These extensions are free to install and there are several extensions available online that can be used block certain websites on Chrome browser temporarily or permanently.
1) Block Site
Install the Block Site extension from the Chrome Web Store to block unwanted content on Chrome. This extension lets you block websites by adding to the black list, block websites with unwanted words, and even set time and days to block certain websites. Block Site also works in incognito mode.
Just right-click anywhere on the website that you want to block and add to the blacklist. It has a predefined set of adult words which will block websites with these words in the URL. To prevent the extension from being uninstalled, you can protect it with a password.
2) TinyFilter PRO
This extension is a comprehensive website blocker for Chrome. Install Tiny Filter from the Chrome Web Store to block adult and pornographic content, malware, and spyware from the internet.
It is highly customizable and you can personalize your filtering preferences and block all inappropriate content. You can add any website to be blocked, add custom filtering keywords, and temporarily allow a website if required.
This extension can be used to block social media websites and spam websites. You can give it a password to protect it from being uninstalled.
StayFocusd is a productivity extension that blocks websites that you tend to waste time on instead of focussing on work. It is highly customizable and you can block as many websites as you want for as long as you want.
You can also allow time durations during the day when access to the blocked sites is allowed. While this is not an extension to permanently block websites on Chrome, it is more of a productivity tool to keep you away from the temptation of social media and other distractions.
4) Blocksi Web Filter:
This nifty extension from Chrome is great for web filtering, YouTube filtering and blocking websites with adult content. It has a web filtering option from which you can block content across 79 categories such as pornography, adult content, security, malware etc.
You can set safe search parameters to protect children from viewing inappropriate content. Use Blocksi Web Filter to block websites on Chrome browser.
Method 2: Use parental control software
Parental control software or a software filter can be used to block websites from your Chrome browser. This software allows you to block certain websites on Chrome and keep your children safe from adult content. They are highly customizable and can be customized according to your browsing preferences.
1) Net Nanny:
Net Nanny is the oldest and perhaps the best-known parental control software available today. It has been actively developed for last 18 years and they have kept up with the time and added new features with every new version. It just doesn’t protect your computer, but also gives parental controls over your kids’ smartphones.
With this software, you can block pornography, add filters, mask profanity, monitor social media activity and much more.
You can add websites that you want to block on the blacklist and keep out unwanted content. You can download NetNanny from the link above.
View Net Nanny’s features in this video:
Method 3: Block websites on the router
You can block websites on Chrome browser by reconfiguring your router settings. This will affect all the computers on your network. Please back up your router’s original settings before going forward with this method.
1) Connect to your router by typing the default address on your browser window. The default address is different for different routers but is usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.01. If you are not sure of the default address, check with your service provider.
2) Depending on which router you use, look for URL filter, or Parental Controls, or Firewall in the settings under the Security, Parental Control or Firewall tab.
3) The URL filter lets you add the URLs for every website you want to block. The Parental Controls section lets you block websites on Chrome and specify the time when the Internet can be accessed. The Firewall settings also let you block websites by entering the URL. Most routers will have one of these features in the Settings.
4) Follow the instructions and reboot the router for the changes to take effect.
Method 4: Add to restricted sites on Chrome
This is a very easy method of blocking any website on Chrome. You don’t need software or extensions for this method. The downside is that it is not password protected and anybody can change the settings to reverse it.
Here is the step-by-step process:
I. Go to Google Chrome settings menu and scroll down to advanced settings
II. Under System, click on Open Proxy Settings
III. Open the Security tab and select Restricted Sites. Click on Sites
IV. In the dialog box that opens, type in the URLs of all the sites you want to block and Click on Add.
V. To remove, simply select the URL and click on Remove.
Method 5: Create a supervised account on Chrome
Chrome browser lets you create supervised accounts for guests or children who want to use your computer. When the child accesses the internet after signing in through the supervised browser, you can control what websites they visit and block websites that you don’t want them to access.
You get a report of all online activities on the supervised account, so as a parent, you have an idea of what your child is doing online. Supervised users cannot add extensions or install web apps and their search results are filtered for explicit content. Here’s how you create a supervised account on the Chrome browser:
I. Open Chrome settings and under the People section, click on Manage other people. Click on Add person
II. Type a name and check the Supervise this person check box.
III. Click Save and you’re done.
IV. To configure the account, go to the People tab in Chrome settings.
V. Click on Manage supervised users, Click on the name of the supervised user.
VI. Click on manage user to add URLs to block and turn on secure search.
Method 6: Block websites by editing Windows Hosts file
The Windows Hosts file can be edited to block websites on your Chrome browser. This method will block websites only on that particular computer from all browsers. You can use this method if you want to learn how to block a website on Windows 7 and up.
I. Click on Start on your Windows computer and type “C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc” in the search field.
II. Right click on Hosts and open with Notepad
III. At the bottom of the document, type this following: 127.0.0.1 followed by one space followed by the URL of the website you want to block on Chrome. So, if you want to block Facebook, you will have to type: 127.0.0.1 facebook.com. Remember not to use www or https in front of the URL. Do not put in a # before the code either.
IV. You can add as many URLs as you want. Make sure each URL is added in a separate line on the document. Save the document and close.
V. Restart the computer and you will notice that these blacklisted sites cannot be accessed on the browser anymore.
These are some of the options to block websites on Chrome permanently or temporarily.
These solutions will come in handy when you need to keep the internet safe for children, your computer safe from malware or get a better grip on your productivity.