Semalt: How To Block Websites On Google Chrome Within A Minute
In the current web browsing experiences, it can be essential for users to block websites in some cases. For instance, a parent might be wanting to limit their children from accessing some adult content website. In other cases, one might be blocking a site which is keeping popping up.
The Customer Success Manager of Semalt, Michael Brown, provides some methods which people employ to prevent these websites.
This SEO guideline contains a few methods explaining how to block some websites from your PC. We will use Google Chrome as our sample browser. These methods apply to different computer browsers and various extensions. The procedure might vary a little bit due to code author variations. However, you should not worry about your operating system. These methods include:
1. Using Chrome extensions
It is possible to use some add-ons and extensions to limit the usage of some browser features. Some of these add-ons have more features such as a password access to add another layer of protection. In this SEO guideline, we will use an extension by the name BlockSite. You can install this browser add-on from the Chrome Web App Store. You can install this addon and click install (Add to Chrome) button.
With this addon, you can be able to add a website to the blacklist when browsing by clicking on its icon. You can enable and disable features of this addon. Moreover, you can always navigate to its options and manage the blacklisted websites. When you click the link to a blacklisted domain and get a "Blocked" message, it means that the extension is working right. Other extensions may or not use this procedure but operate under a similar concept.
2. Blocking websites on a Windows PC
For people running a windows PC, it can be essential to block an entire site by its file host. To achieve this effect, click start on your desktop PC and type "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\" on the start search panel. From here, you need the right click option and edit the file hosts using a simple notepad editor software.
You can use the code 127.0.0.1 plus the website name to block it. Your browser can stop accessing it from that particular computer. Use a new entry on a different line to block more websites. For you to prevent the entire domain, type on the site excluding the "https:// or www" to serve all protocols.
3. Using Third Party Software
Some PC apps can help restrict the access to some websites. When you install this software, you do not need to figure out how to block any sites. They can do everything for you. This software may include firewalls or antivirus software. However, most of these applications may require some fees for their usage as they are not free.
4. Blocking site via Router
For advanced users, it is possible to block an entire network. This procedure is a bit technical and may require one to hire an expert. One needs to block a website from an IP address. However, it is essential to back up your router configuration. You can revert to these changes just in case something goes wrong.