There are browsers to a great extent to use that don’t offer what they say, and sometimes you wish that you could just block them.

Websites are often blocked because they contain unnecessary advertisements, explicit content, and prolly virus injected software to download on your computerIt’s always a smart choice to block those websites for safety and privacy.

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If you have children at your home, and you wish to keep them away from browsing explicit content on the web, popularly known as Parental Controls, you got to block those sites. We use various devices and platforms to browse on the internet, thus in this article, and we are looking closely at every possible browser and platform to block websites.

Way to Block Websites on Windows

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Windows Operating System is a widely used system on the market, and they are vulnerable to various attacks like phishing and DOS. Those attacks come from nowhere but the faulty websites. It is a must to secure your information on the web, considering the fact; we are running-down to the widely used possible browsers to block websites.

Way to Block Websites on Google Chrome

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The chrome browser is proprietary of Google. It’s fast and has a visually appealing web UI design. There are many ways known to block websites on Google Chrome. In this section, we are focusing on one straight-forward method.

Block Website on Google Chrome using an Extension

The process helps to block a website based on URL or a particular word that exists in the URL string. It is a free web browser add-on available in the Google Chrome browser.

  • Launch the Chrome browser and click on the three vertical action bars available on the top right corner.
  • Now select extensions. On the very window, you will see the “Web Store” option at the button side; click on it.
  • On the web, store, search for the “Block Site” extension and click on the first extension app.
  • Now install the add-on while clicking “Add to Chrome.”
  • After proper installation of the extension, add it to the browser.
  • Open the website you would like to block and click right on the mouse to bring context menu, on the available list click on “Block site.”
  • Finally, choose “Add to Blacklist” from the option to successfully block the website.

The process to Block Website on Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft has a clear plan and procedure to prevent any website view temporarily using some tweaks on the host file. The process works only not for Microsoft Edge but all the sites on your system.

Block Website on Edge Browser using Host File on Windows

  • On the Windows PC, go to the following location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc or you can also run it using CMD;

–  Open “Run” by pressing Win+R

–  Type the Command %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc and then press OK.

  • On the given directory, you will find the “Host” named file, open it using Notepad.
  • On the host, file add the following lines similar to
  • 0.0.1 www.websitename.com or,
  • 0.0.1 websitename.com
  • Now try opening the website you added to host file to block, the site won’t open.

The process to Block Websites on Mac OS

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Suppose you want to resist yourself going to Facebook or Twitter time and again during a meeting, and you want to block those websites. Here is an easy tip on Mac OS to block the site.

Way to Block Website using Terminal on Every Mac Browser

The process uses the terminal to navigate to the host file on the Mac and editing it to block the website.

  • Open your Terminal in Mac Pc.
  • And then, type “Sudo pico /etc/host, “it will be asked to enter administrator password type in the password and hit enter. Pico is the text editor, and in the editor, we are going to make some changes to the file.
  • Go at the bottom to the file contents while hitting down arrow keys.
  • Now, use the code similar to, on website name type in the website you would like to block.
  • 0.0.1 www.websitename.com
  • 0.0.1 websitename.com
  • Hit CTRL + O to write changes on the editor and press enter. Also, press CTRL + X to return to the terminal.
  • Now open any browser on the Mac, let’s say, Safari and browse to the website you blocked on the host file. The browser will generate a message saying, “Safari Cannot Connect to the Server,” and that’s pretty much it to block a website on Mac.

The Process to Block Websites on Linux

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In this section, we are talking about blocking any particular webpage on Linux.

Easy Method to Block Website on Mozilla Firefox

Most of the Linux distributions use Mozilla Firefox ESR as the default browser; thus we are going through the step by step guide on how to block a website on Mozilla Firefox.

  • Open the Linux terminal and then start typing “Sudo nano /etc/host, “it will be asked to enter administrator password as we are using superuser privilege for the process type in the password and hit enter.
  • Go at the bottom to the file contents on Nano editor and use the code similar to;
  • 0.0.1 www.facebook.com
  • 0.0.1 facebook.com
  • Hit CTRL + O to write changes on the editor and press enter. Also, press CTRL + X to return to the terminal.
  • This process will work with any browser on your Linux Operating system but not only to Firefox ESR.

Ways to Block Websites on Smartphone

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We spend browsing on our Mobile phone than a computer. It is a must to have ideas on blocking websites on smartphones.

Ways to Block Websites on Android Phone

  • Unlock your Smartphone and open “Google Play Store” or any other respective mobile store.
  • On the search bar, type “Block Site” and install it. It is the highest-rated application on Android to block websites.
  • After installing the application, provide the necessary permission to the app.
  • Now, copy the URL of the site to block. Paste it on the application field that says, “Enter the URL.”
  • Tap on tick mark to confirm the block.

Approaches to Block Websites on iPhone and iPad

Apple has built-in functionality to block unnecessary websites from browsing.

  • Unlock your device and go to settings.
  • On the settings, find “Screen Time” and tap on it.
  • On the settings, now choose “Content and Privacy Restrictions,” enable it, and move forward.
  • On the same page, find “Content Restrictions” and tap on it.
  • Choose the option that says “Web Content” and click on “Limit Adult Websites.”
  • On the given lists, select the “Add Website” there; you can type any website name to block it from browsing.

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