How to Disable Internet Access

By Tricia Goss

Many people purchase computers mainly for accessing the Internet. However, there are many instances in which a computer administrator might want to disable Internet access. For example, a parent who does not want a young child to go online without supervision or a business or school that furnishes specific PCs for the use of filling out forms or testing might want to disable Internet access. Fortunately, it is easy to disable and enable access, if necessary.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button and open the "Control Panel." Make sure the Control Panel is in "Classic View" and double click "Internet Options." The "Internet Properties" dialog box will open.

Step 2

Click on the "Connections" tab. Click the "LAN Settings" button. The "Local Area Network Settings" dialog box will open.

Step 3

Clear the "Automatically Detect Settings" check box. This will stop the computer from automatically finding the server or Internet service.

Step 4

Select the "Use Proxy Server" check box. Type in a fake "address" such as several "0's."

Step 5

Click "OK" to close the "LAN Settings" box, and then click "Apply" to save the changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reverse the steps in order to allow users to access the Internet again.