As shocking as it may seem, there is no native way to block websites on Chrome. Why Google hasn’t come up with a solution is beyond us, but there are some ways to keep computers from accessing websites. Here’s a quick guide that will show you how to block websites on Chrome.
Block websites on Chrome using the Block Site extension
One solution is using Block Site. With Block Site you can blacklist adult-oriented pages, as well as selectively pick sites you don’t want accessed. One can even block content by keywords or during specific times. The extension can sync with mobile devices and keep your whole family’s devices safe.
While Block Site is not fool proof, the settings can be password protected and you can set email warnings for when someone tries to uninstall it. A little security is always welcome!
After adding the extension, simply go to the website you want to block and click the icon on the top-right corner of Chrome. Select “Block this site” and you should no longer be able to access this page. You can edit the list manually by going to the extension icon and then selecting “Edit blocked sites list”.
Block websites on Chrome using Ublacklist
Ublacklist works as a replacement to Google’s own Personal Blocklist, which is now discontinued. Ublacklist doesn’t exactly block websites, it just stops them from showing up in Google Search.
Add the extension to Chrome and you will see the Ublacklist icon show up in the top-right corner of the browser. You can go to the website you want to block, hit the icon, and press “OK” to blacklist a URL. Alternatively, you can manually edit the list by right-clicking on the Ublacklist icon and going into the options.
Block websites on Chrome by editing the Hosts file (Windows)
Chrome extensions work great, but they won’t stop a well-versed computer user from accessing whatever they wish. Those who want to make it harder for people to access a web page can tinker with the Hosts file.
It sounds like a complicated thing, but you don’t exactly need to learn coding to do this. It’s quite simple if you follow these instructions.
- Open a File Explorer folder.
- Use the address bar to go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
- Open the “Hosts” file using Notepad.
- Go all the way to the bottom and under the “#” signs type “127.0.0.1” followed by the website you want to block (without the www).
- Example: “127.0.0.1 AndroidAuthorityCompetitor.com”.
- Close the file and save.
Google needs to get working on a native site blocker, but these methods should keep your browsing secure until then. Are there any other website blocking solutions you guys like using?