This guide will assist you to block distracting websites without any third-party software or browser extensions, Add-ons, or plug-in.
This tutorial is for Microsoft Windows users. We are making this guide on a Windows 11 device. You follow this guide on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 as well.
Why One Would Like To Block A Website?
Having self-discipline helps you stay focused on your goals, and being focused leads to success. The first step to becoming self-disciplined is to eliminate distractions.
In the presence of social media websites, It is quite challenging to maintain focus and self-discipline when you use the internet for work.
If you feel bored at work, your mind urges you to open Facebook, YouTube, or other websites to escape.
Although nothing can help you get rid of this addiction or habit unless you are not sincere with yourself. Blocking distracting websites could help you.
Website blocker extensions are available for all modern web browsers. There are two main reasons We don’t recommend using browser extensions.
For Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and other web browsers, you must install a separate website blocker extension.
Block websites using Windows Hosts File. The Hosts file can block websites across web browsers. Unblocking websites from the Hosts file is a bit complicated.
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How To Open The Hosts File On Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7?
Opening the Hosts files in NotePad with administrative privileges is a quick, easy and secure way to edit the Hosts file.
Go to the Start Menu and search for NotePad by typing.
This search will bring up the NotePad. Right-Click and open the NotePad Run As Administrator.
Go to the file menu and click Open to locate the Hosts file.
Go to the C drive or the drive, where you have installed Windows.
Then go to the Windows folder.
Look for the System32 folder.
Find the Driver folder here.
The Hosts file can be found in the folder named etc.
To show the Host file, switch from Text Documents to All Files.
Highlight the Host file and click on open to open the Hosts file with Notepad.
Before you add a website to the hosts file to be blocked, make sure the website is not open in any of the installed web browsers. Otherwise, you will have to restart your device for changes to take effect.
We’ll block Bing.com for demonstration purposes. At the end of the Hosts file, type, 127.0.0.1 and give space and type www.Bing.Com, and hit Enter.
Once again, type 127.0.0.1 and give a space, then type Bing.Com without www and save changes.
Try opening the website in the web browser of your choice now. The website should not open. As you can see, Bing.com is not opening. There is no limit to how many websites you can add to your block list.
And when you change your mind, Simply remove your preferred website from the Hosts file to unblock it.
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We hope you find this quick guide useful and you have managed to block websites that distract you.
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