The world of internet is a pool of numerous websites which has turned everything digital. But not all those website might be appropriate for everyone.Suppose that you want to stop your friends or children from opening a particular website on your computer. Just telling them to stop opening them wouldn’t be a great solution. If you feel that you need to block certain sites manually be changing certain settings on your system, here you go. This article is going to navigate you perfectly through the steps you need to follow in order to accomplish it.
But before we proceed,let me introduce you to a new term Windows Host File. The hostnames connected to a network needs to be mapped to their corresponding IP addresses. This is done so to uniquely identify a particular system in a pool of systems connected to the Internet. This Windows Host file is responsible for providing this mapping function. Slight modifications made to this file can help you block the particular website. Well, now let us start discussing the process.
STEPS TO BLOCK WEBSITES BY MODIFYING WINDOWS HOST FILE
Step 1 – Open your file explorer and copy and paste the given path below to address bar and go to etc folder.
Step 2 –
Now, Right click and copy the hosts file and paste it somewhere else on your computer. Lets copy and paste it on desktop.
Step 3 – Go to desktop and right click and click on open with.
Step 4 – Now, choose notepad as the option to open the file with notepad.
Step 5 – Once the file opens up, just scroll down and copy and paste these two lines at the bottom. Just make sure to change the websitename with the name of the file which you want to block.
For example if you want to block facebook, just put the code as shown below.
Now, save the changes to the file. Now, copy and paste it back again in the etc folder. The original file will get replaced.
How to redirect Blocked website to another website
Now suppose that you need to make any other website open up when your friends secretly try to open up the site you had opposed. Lets see how it can be done.
- Open up the command prompt and type ping sitename.com. The sitename is the name of the site to which you want the website to be redirected on. Say for example you need to redirect to google.com, you can type ping google.com. This will give you the IP address of the site.
As shown above,I have obtained the address for google.com.
- Now, as described above, instead of adding 127.0.0.1 to the bottom of notepad, you can add
IPaddress is the address you have currently received from command prompt and website name is the name of the site you want to redirect to another site.
In my case, I am redirecting the site hello.com to the Google’s site which has the IP address 126.96.36.199. From now on the Google’s site opens up when you search for hello.com.
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