How to block websites on Chrome (and other browsers)

Are there certain websites that continue to appear in your Google search results that you can no longer see? It may be a news site you don’t particularly trust, or you have found that Quora simply does not provide sufficiently reliable answers to your questions. Whatever your reasons, there are different ways to block sites on Chrome, and we’ve gathered our favorites for you here.

1. Cold turkey blocker

The only method in this list that actually comes with its own desktop app (for Windows 10 and macOS), Cold turkey blocker is a website blocker that allows you to be really specific with blocking your website. It works on Chrome, Firefox and the new Microsoft Edge.

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The free version allows you to add an unlimited number of websites to your blocking list, specify the duration for which you want to block a given website and also monitor the amount of time you spend on websites at a loss. time. The default list of sites to block is called “Distractions” and contains a long list of social networks, movie streaming sites, and other known distractions.

One of the best features here may be the ability to lock your blocks, allowing you to set certain deadlines between which you will not be able to replace the blocks to access sites or even uninstall Cold Turkey. This website blocker doesn’t bother! The paid version allows you to protect your blocking lists with a password, to plan the blocking, etc.

2. uBlacklist

UBlacklist is an easy-to-use extension that lets you prevent websites from appearing in your Google search results (which, let’s face it, is pretty much the window on the Internet for most of us). Once you’ve installed the extension, there are several ways you can block websites.

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First, if a site you want to block appears in your search results, you will see the “Block this site” option next to its URL. Click on it and the site will not appear in your search results next time.

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You can then manage your blocked sites by right-clicking the uBlacklist icon in your Chrome extension area and clicking “Options”. Here you can remove sites from your block list, add sites manually, synchronize your list with Google Drive for use on other devices, and import your block list from the personal block list.

Speaking of which, what happened to the personal block list?

3. Use the Hosts file

Whether you’re on Windows, Mac, or Linux, you can use the Hosts file to block specific websites. It may sound a bit technical, but it’s really not that bad and may appeal to those who like the idea of ​​blocking websites without having to play with third-party software (and it blocks sites on all browsers) . If you are not in this method, scroll down for other ways to block unwanted websites.

Here’s how to use the hosts file to block sites on each main platform.

Edit hosts file in Windows

1. Go to “C: WindowsSystem32Driversetc” and open the “hosts” file using Notepad. (I prefer Notepad ++ myself.)

2. Scroll down, then under all the hash symbols (you can remove everything marked with the hash symbol if you want to have a blank sheet), type “127.0.0.1” followed by “localhost” .

3. On the next line, type “127.0.0.1” followed by the address of the site you want to block, then repeat this step for all the other sites you want to block.

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Edit the hosts file on Linux and Mac

The process is exactly the same as for Windows, except that you have to access the “/ etc” directory to open the hosts file (with the superuser’s permission). Other than that, the second and third bullet points for Windows apply.

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4. Block the site

The best thing about Block the site is the authentication option. Once you’ve set up your list of blocked websites, you can add a password to the Settings page so your kids can’t access it and cancel it.

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After installing the extension, open the extension settings and add the websites you want to block. Also check the “Enable authentication” box and specify the password to block access to the settings.

5. StayFocusd

StayFocusd is one of the best website blocking extensions for Google Chrome, and it’s true to its name in helping you stay focused. We tend to waste a lot of time working on Facebook and other time-wasting websites, and this extension limits the amount of time you spend on those websites (and any others you choose).

How to block websites on Chrome (and other browsers)How to block websites on Chrome (and other browsers)

You can specify the days StayFocusd will restrict your browsing activity as well as the time you can spend per day on lost-time websites. Apart from that, you can also create a list of blocked / authorized websites. Another practical feature is the nuclear option. Enabling this feature will restrict access to any blocked website even if you have not exceeded the time limit. You can specify the number of hours during which you want to block access.

Want to keep tinkering with Chrome? Check out our list of the best Chrome flags or a bunch of extensions that will help you automate repetitive and boring browser tasks.

This article was first published in May 2013 and was updated in July 2020.

Image credit: African American woman using laptop with Google browser near cup of coffee by DepositPhotos

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