Friday, July 8, 2011

How to Block a Website in Google Chrome

Whether you suspect your children are visiting websites they shouldn't, feel certain sites are distracting you from work or just want to remove a website from your life entirely, blocking that site can be a good way to do so. Google Chrome blocks a large number of hazardous sites, but at this time does not allow users to block sites manually. Windows does, however, if you know what you're doing---and anything blocked Windows-wide will impact Google Chrome.

Open Windows Explorer, and type "C:WINDOWS\\system32\\drivers\\etc" in the address bar (if address bar does not show, please see 'tips' section below), then press "Enter." Windows Explorer will present you with three files: "hosts," "network" and "protocol."

Open the "hosts" file. Right-click the file, choose \"Open\" and open the file in Notepad.

At the bottom of the document, add the numbers "", followed by at least one space, followed by the URL of the website you want to block. For example, if you wanted to block "" you would enter "" to do so.

Do not put either \"http://\" or \"www\" in front of the names of websites you wish to block--doing so will result in the site not being blocked. You are blocking the entire site regardless of protocol.

Save the document and restart your computer. Any attempt to visit the site you blocked in Chrome (or any other browser, for that matter) will result in an error message.

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