Restricting Websites from Your Browser (Explorer and Chrome)

The Internet is probably one of those technologies that have contributed the most in terms of revolutionizing the way members of our species communicate and interact with each other.  Never before in our history has such colossal amounts of information that can be retrieved with just a couple if clicks, been available to anyone as it is to us lucky enough to be alive in this Internet age.  Data on the Internet can be posted by anyone and can cover any topic under the sun.  Unless you are one of those unfortunate citizens living under an authoritarian regime which is so paranoid about free speech that it would stop at nothing to  censors all aspects of the media, including silly Facebook rants by college students who have nothing better to do with their free time.

The ease with which information can be retrieved from the Internet could in an ironic twist, be its greatest drawback.  There are cases where not all information may be appropriate for certain audiences, particularly when it comes to young children.  Perhaps you are a parent who is legitimately concerned about their young kids visiting age inappropriate websites. Or maybe it just drives you nuts when your PC becomes infested with Pac man and Pokémon pop ups or pop ups of scantily clad hotties inviting you to view their webcam, signs that your roommate sneaked in to use your computer when you were not around.  Whatever the case, you may want to consider blocking certain websites from being run on your system.

The solution to this problem is browser dependent. You need to disable your unwanted website on each of the browsers you have installed on your system.  I am going to demonstrate how easily this can be achieved on two of the most widely used browsers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Google’s Chrome.

how-to-windowsLet’s begin with Explorer 9.  Start by opening up the browser.  Then click on the “Tools” icon at the top right hand corner of the window.  It is the little gear image shown below in the screen shot by the blue arrow.  Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut (Alt + X).

From the dropdown menu that appears, select “Internet Options”.   Click on the “Content” tab in the Internet Options menu bar and then click on the “Settings” button.  This brings up the “Content Advisor” pop up window.  Next click on the “Approved Sites” tab in the Content Advisor menu bar.  All of these can be seen in the screenshot below.

Type in whatever website you wish to restrict access to in the text field and click on “Never”.  That website would be included as a disallowed website in the list of approved and disapproved websites as you can see from the screenshot.  Alternatively, you can create a list of approved websites, although I personally regard this as unnecessary and redundant.    You can easily remove websites from this list using the “Remove” button.  Validate your changes by clicking “Ok” or “Apply”.  There are some other cool features in Content Advisor that allow you to restrict whole website categories. I think it would be worth your time exploring some of these features.

Now let’s take a look at how this is done on Chrome BETA, Google Chrome’s latest version.   After opening the browser, click on the wrench icon in the top right hand corner of the window, shown below.

Click on “Options”.  A new browser window opens.   On the left panel of this Options window, click on the “under  the Hood” link.  Then in the right panel, click on the “Change proxy settings” button.   A pop up window appears similar to that of Explorer.   Follow the same procedure as explaine d above for Explorer.  

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