There could be several reasons why you need to block a website including Facebook on a computer. In might be related to security, data leakage, privacy issues, and time wastage of computer users. In this post, we show the possible ways to block a website and Facebook on a Windows computer. At most of the workplaces, it’s blocked easily by web proxy servers. But there are some methods available to access the blocked sites with VPN and proxy sites.
As we don’t have proxy servers at home, we have to do it in other ways. 5 methods available here, apply the one which is suitable for your network/computer setup.
Methods to Block a Website/Facebook on Windows Computer
1) Block it on Internet Explorer – Method 1
You can easily block websites on Internet Explorer.
To do it, Go to Tools – > Internet Options and select the content tab.
Click on Settings. Go to Approved Sites tab and type facebook.com and press Never button.
The Internet Explorer will prompt for Content advisor password, give a good password which cannot be guessed by others.
Go to General tab and make sure to select ‘Users can see websites that have no rating’ option under User options. If you don’t select this, most of the sites will stop working no matter approved or denied sites.
The content advisor should be enabled, once it’s enabled you can view screen as below.
Problems with this method
1) This works only with the older version of Internet Explorer which has a content advisor feature. If your computer is having other browsers such as Firefox, Chrome or Safari then this is not effective.
2) Others will know that the particular website is purposely blocked. That will lead them to try the site in different web browsers.
3) There is a method to remove the content advisor password without knowing it. Don’t worry I’m not going to tell how it is.
2) Block the website in Host file. – Method 2
This is a very simple method and nobody will know it. Before any browser access a web site, it checks the DNS entry in Host file which is in your computer. If no entry found for a specific website, then it goes to DNS server to get the IP address.
We can take this opportunity and fake the IP request. Entering the wrong IP for a website or Facebook in the host file with will block the particular website.
Any browser finds this entry, will try to load from the IP address which is completely wrong. Finally, Facebook will not load (that is what we wanted). To do it, Make sure you have administrative privilege to edit the host file.
Go to following location and open hosts file in notepad or any text editor.
Type IP address and Press Tab key then type above addresses. 127.0.0.1 is the localhost IP.
Read this guide to learn about modifying the host file in Windows 10.
Restart the machine and try facebook, it will not work. This method will stop any browsers to access facebook.com.
Problems with this method
- If other party have administrative access and know about host file entry, then this method is not valid as they can simply remove these entries.
- This method will block the website or Facebook for everyone, including you.
3) Block in the Internet Router. – Method 3
This is more technical and limited because it depends on your Internet router. It can vary for each router, therefore I can’t tell where to find it. Mostly under security (WAN), you can find some options to block websites with IP addresses or specific words. These are the IP address of facebook.com at the moment.
NOTE: This method will block Facebook access for all devices in your network.
4) Block Facebook with Parental Control in Windows 7. – Method 4
This method is most suitable for kids. If you are looking to block only facebook website, then I suggest using Internet Explorer content advisor as mentioned in method 1. Filtering and blocking websites by windows 7 parental control is more complicated and advanced.
This feature is not a built-in component, you have to download Windows Live Family Safety from Microsoft site here.
While installing make sure to select the Family Safety check box.
Once Installation is done, go to Parental control in the control panel. Select the windows user you want to block facebook and click on the option mentioned below, you have to enter windows live id and password.
Further settings can be modified on the live website. Here is the way to block websites in Windows live family safety on Windows 7.
5) Third Party Parental Controls. – Method 5
There are several paid and free parental controls available to block internet sites. You can use them if you are really serious about controlling Internet access.
I’m sure the above steps will be useful in many cases. Do share here if you know more ideas to block Facebook on Windows 7/8.1/10 home computers.