If you’re looking for tools to block certain websites on your Windows computer, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’re going to list the best website blocker tools that you can use on all the browsers compatible with the Windows OS.
There are various reasons why users prefer to block particular websites. Maybe the content is not appropriate for certain viewers or the respective websites pop up on your browser all of a sudden interrupting your work.
Irrespective of the reasons why you want to install a program that blocks websites, we’re sure that you’ll find the right one for you in the list below.
TitanHQ’s WebTitan is the perfect website blocker software for companies and schools. It offers you a 360-degree view on how employees or students use Internet in your company or school and lets you manage Internet usage as well.
In other words, you can reduce non-work related browsing and access to certain websites that reduce your employees productivity or your students’ focus.
You can set up WebTitan Cloud in minutes and its intuitive UI makes it very easy to use. It also provides excellent malware protection for your company and employees blocking viruses, phishing attempts and other malware threats.
With just a single click you can block user access to certain websites. The tool doesn’t cause any browsing slow downs when deployed and it automatically installs the latest version available, so there’s no need to constantly worry about keeping it up to date.
Moreover, you can also personalize block pages and add a description as to why a particular website has been blocked.
You can deploy WebTitan as a cloud or gateway solution.
For more information, check out the video below:
Barracuda Web Security Gateway
Barracuda Web Security is a well-known online security tool that you can use to filter web content.
The software offers flexible controls to regulate online activity. You can create policies to control user access to commonly visited websites using 95 content categories such as pornography, violence, hacking, sports, news, dating, shopping, and many more.
Barracuda Web Security is a powerful program that allows you to either restrict specific websites altogether or look for certain patterns and block all those websites that display them.
At the same time, the software’s image and multimedia safe search option can also block thumbnail images in search results.
The tool also features pre-built English-language dictionaries of keywords and phrases related to harassment, weapons, terrorism, and pornography. Of course, you can also add your own keywords and phrases for monitoring.
For more information about the tool’s full list of features, check out Barracuda’s official webpage.
InterGuard web filtering software
InterGuard is a powerful web security software that also includes a merciless web filtering and website blocking module.
The tool is suitable for companies and enterprises that want to monitor employee activity and record and filter web activity.
InterGuard features 36 pre-screened and sorted URL lists that allow your IT administrators to easily implement security and web access policies. You can block websites that contain a series of keywords that you selected. At the same time, the tool can also block Google images.
Of course, if you want to whitelist certain websites, you can create your own specific lists depending on your business needs.
Apart from the website blocking feature, InterGuard also allows you to spy on your employees. More specifically, you can record all the websites visited or blocked and receive alerts when attempts are made to visit the websites or categories previously banned. You can also see what’s being typed in and searched for across all search engines.
TrueVine's Website Blocker
While the first three website blocking software that we listed in this article are suitable for companies or IT admins, the fourth is more family friendly.
TrueVine’s Website Blocker can help you keep your family safe against all the pornography, violence, and vulgar messages plaguing the Internet.
The program acts as a anti-pornography website blocker and internet filtering tool and is compatible with any Ethernet and Wi-Fi network.
If you’re a parent who simply wants to select which websites to block from your child’s eyes, then this is the right tool for you. Apart from blocking websites displaying pornographic content, the tool can also block most pop-ups.
TrueVine’s Website Blocker is indeed a very specific tool, focusing mainly on blocking pornographic content. We wanted this list to be as diverse as possible so we also included this program on it.
The Web Blocker
As its name suggests, the creators of this software want it to be the ultimate website blocker tool.
You can use The Web Blocker to block inappropriate content that your kids may accidentally access, as well as reduce the time that your employees spend on websites that have nothing to to with their job tasks.
You can choose to block any website on the Internet on a per-user basis or block webpages for all users.
If you want to check what websites users have visited lately, you can simply access the internet browsing history and see if they behaved well.
If your kids spend to much time on social media websites, you can block all these webpages with a single click.
These are 5 of the best tools that you can use to block websites on your browser. As you can see, the first programs listed in this article are suitable for companies, while the other two are perfect for parents or small business that don’t have the budget to buy an expensive website blocker.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2018 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.