How to block a site on a computer and a phone (disallow access to a blacklist of URLs). Many ways

URL blocking

User Question

Salvation.

Tell me how to block access to a list of 10-15 sites on a computer (create, so to speak, a blacklist…). The children are now at a distance and are constantly distracted by games and videos.

Important: only sites that I mark should not open (and it is desirable that it is not very difficult to unblock them).

Thank you in advance.

Salvation.

In principle, the problem is solved! 👌

However, a warning is immediately necessary: ​​if the children are “experienced”, they can circumvent the blockage. Also, don’t forget that they have friends, comrades, and probably the Internet can be on their smartphones… 😉

So, now on the subject…

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The content of the article

Block access to certain sites

Method 1 (for Windows computers)

Option 1. Spec. utility

Yavl is perhaps one of the fastest, free (and fairly reliable) ways to quickly block certain sites. 📌URL Disabler utility (link to official website).

What makes it special:

  • very easy to use: just add the desired URL and save the list (see screenshot below 👇). Those. everything on everything will take you 1 to 2 minutes!
  • sites are blocked in all popular browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.);
  • even if the utility is not running, added sites will still be blocked;
  • does not need installation, compatible with Windows 7/10/11.
URL Deactivator - how to use

URL Deactivator – how to use

Besidesplease note that your list of black sites* can be password protected (so no one can unlock it without you).

* To note: blacklist – all sites added to it will be blocked on the current PC. The utility also has a whitelist (analogous, in a way) – sites added to it will open, and others will be blocked!

Password settings

Password settings

How the utility works: when you open a blocked page, the browser informs you that this or that site is blocked (cause: “Whoever installed the computer has blocked this site”). An example is below. 👇

Edge, Chrome

Edge, Chrome

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📌 Disadvantages of the method: instead of popular browsers on Chromium, you can take some old MX5 (for example) or Opera and bypass this protection. Moreover, this method is not suitable for the telephone.

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Option 2. Hosts file

By the way, Windows has a system hosts file – it’s worth noting that by editing it in notepad, you can block access to a large list of sites (moreover, in all browsers at the times).

What should be done:

  1. open the hosts file as an administrator;
  2. put the following line at the end of the file: 127.0.0.1 ya.ru (instead of ya.ru, indicate your domain). If you need to block multiple sites (domains) – add a similar line for each domain;
  3. save file ;
  4. Relaunch the browser;
  5. Everything, these sites will not open!
hosts

hosts

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Option 3: child account

This method does not solve the task directly stated at the beginning of the article (i.e. you cannot specifically choose which resources to block). However, this method is quite practical, coupled with other…

When using Windows 10/11, it is possible to create child account (Also, manually specify its age). What will he give? When you log into this account, Windows will limit access to sites (everything undesirable for children will be hidden from them).

A minus: because the company is foreign, so they also have their own “thoughts” on what is “possible” and what is “not”. As a result, sites are sometimes opened which (in my opinion) are not always desirable for children.

How to create such an account: open windows settings, go to section “Accounts / Family and other users” and add a family member. When creating an account, indicate that it is mandatory for the child. See screenshots below…

Add a family member - Windows 11

Add a family member – Windows 11

Create a child account

Create a child account

📌How it works: when the computer is on, it will be possible to log in under the child’s account (above all, protect it with a password 😉).

Child account

Child account

Now if you go to the browser and enter an adult query, it won’t find or display anything. See an example in the photo below. 👇

I logged in under the child's account - the browser finds nothing...

I logged in under the child’s account – the browser finds nothing…

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Method 2: Wi-Fi Router Settings (PC, TV, Phones, etc.)

This method is good because it immediately blocks access to the site for all devices connected to the Internet through a Wi-Fi router (PC, phone, laptop, TV, etc.).

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It must be said right away that not all routers have such a possibility of blocking sites! The most user-friendly parental control (especially with blocking sites), in my opinion, is implemented in the routers 📌 Tp-Link and Netis (slightly worse: Tenda, Mercusys).

See screenshots below: just go to the router settings, open the tab parental control, and blacklist unwanted sites. After saving the settings, they will be automatically blocked! Ideally?! 😉

TP-LINK ArcherC1200 Router - Parental Control, Blacklist

TP-LINK Archer C1200 Router – Parental Control, Blacklist

Enter the desired domain and save the settings

Enter the desired domain and save the settings // TP-Link Archer C1200

Another example for Netis routers.

Add unwanted site to filter

Add unwanted site to filter

Unable to access the site

Unable to access the site

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Method 3: friendly. check in antivirus (PC + phone)

The method is quite reliable! Works on both phones and PCs (luckily modern antiviruses can be installed on multiple devices at once with just one subscription!).

Many modern antiviruses also have a parental control function (like in routers).

This “thing” allows not only to limit the time of use of his PC, but also to block access to undesirable contents: moreover, not only to a precise list of sites, but also to block certain subjects of sites (i.e. those URLs you can’t even guess! 😉).

In this regard, I like the product of 📌Dr.Web – firstly, in its settings, you can activate it. block unwanted topics; second, you can create your own blacklist; third, it can be installed on both pc and phone. 👇👌

Dr.Web - antivirus settings, Internet connection.

Windows 10. Dr.Web – antivirus settings, Internet connection.

Dr.Web - mobile version of the antivirus

Android 10.0. Dr.Web – mobile version of the antivirus

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Method 4: Via carrier settings

Mobile phone operators and Internet Service Providers may have promotions in their personal accounts. options (general control, network protection and security, etc.). It’s quite difficult to give specific names and descriptions here…but I’ll take Megafon as an example (no ads, I just use this operator myself).

In their personal account they have the option to log in 📌 stem. control (to the phone number you need. If it’s a child’s phone, you should have access to it!).

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What gives:

  • block unwanted sites, subscriptions, international numbers, etc. ;
  • view the balance (for example, if there is a minus, as in the screenshot below, you can quickly replenish);
  • see on the map where the monitored phone is, and much more.
Megaphone type.  control (for example)

Megaphone type. control (for example)

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Additions and other recommendations are welcome!

Good luck!

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