The internet is home to many, many websites. Not all are helpful. Some of them contain rather disturbing photos and videos, some are filled with misinformation, and some are just plain inappropriate if you have kids. If you have a shared computer at home and want to block certain websites from loading, here’s how.
Currently, there doesn’t seem to be a native feature built into Chrome that allows users to block specific sites, and unless you set up parental controls, which block more obvious websites. If you want to learn how to block specific sites, we’ll show you a few methods below that are worth looking into.
Block Websites by Editing the Hosts File
- Open File Explorer in Windows
- Go to C:WindowsSystem32driversetc
- Right-click the Hosts file and choose Notepad to open it with
- Scroll down the document
- Under the # sign, create a new line and type 127.0.0.1 followed by URLs of the page you are trying to block without the “www”, for example 127.0.0.1 BadWebsiteBlocked.com
- Click File and select Save and you are done
Block Websites Using a Chrome Extension
If you’re not comfortable editing the Hosts file because you’re not sure what it does or what kind of changes you’re making, don’t worry, there’s another method which is to use the BlockSite Chrome extension.
Keep in mind that the extension is not free but comes with a 3-day free trial, so you can try it out first and decide if it’s worth it. It’s also available as an iOS and Android app, so if you want to block websites on your phone as well as your computer, it could be a worthwhile investment.
- Go to the BlockSite website
- Click on the Add to Chrome button which will take you to the Chrome Web Store
- Install the extension as you would any normal extension
- Once the extension is installed, open the extension by clicking on it
- Select Blocked Sites from the left navigation menu
- Add URLs of websites you want to block
It’s not the most foolproof method because anyone can edit the list to allow websites to be unblocked, but if they don’t know about it, it can be useful. Also, the extension allows you to block based on a category which covers a larger number of websites, as well as by keyword, which is quite unique and useful.
The extension also syncs with the app, so changes you make on your computer will be reflected on your phone.