How to Block Illegal Websites

By Jonita Davis

The World Wide Web is a vast space full of information. However, not all of the information is useful or even legitimate. There are many sites that promote such activities as illegal file sharing (piracy), pedophilia through pornography, bomb-making and how-to's on crime strategy. These websites come up in unfiltered web searches and some can even slip through the best filters. The only way to avoid these sites is to block them.

Block Sites through Your Desktop

Step 1

Click the "Start" icon on your desktop. Then click "Run" from the menu.

Step 2

Type in "notepad c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts." In the window that opens, place your cursor at the end of the text and click "Enter."

Step 3

Type 127.0.0.1 followed by the website that you would like to avoid, minus the "http://www" part. It should look like this: 127.0.0.1 blockedsite.com.

Step 4

Do this for each site that you would like to block.

Block Sites in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Go to "Tools" in the Internet Explorer window. Scroll down to "Internet Options." Click it and then click the "Contents" tab in the window that opens.

Step 2

Look at the "Content Advisor" section. Click "Enable." Then, go to the "Approved Sites" tab.

Step 3

Under "Allow this Web Site" type "*.name of blocked website". Again, exclude the "http://www." portion. The asterisk tells Windows Explorer that the site is to be blocked and not allowed. Click "Never" when finished and "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Step 4

Go to the "General" tab once you've entered all of the sites to be blocked. Beside the words, "Users can see sites that have no rating," click to put a check in the box. Do the same to the box "Supervisor can type a password to allow users to view restricted content."

Step 5

Scroll down to "Supervisor Password." Click "Change Password" and set your new password. Also, add a hint to help you later if you forget. Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. Click "OK" to return to Internet Explorer.