How To Block Websites in Chrome [October 2019]

Posted by Jamie on October 29, 2019

While Chrome is far from the only web browser in the world, yet it is the most popular, and some say it’s the best web browser out there.

Ever since its launch in 2008, Chrome has gradually become easier to use, faster and more secure. I use several browsers on my computer but I always seem to go back to Chrome.

On that subject, a TechJunkie user asked last week how to block a website in Chrome. As security is paramount for everyone who uses the internet, I thought I would publish the answer to the question for all who are interested.

I’ll also include a few other tricks to make web surfing more secure too.

There are lots of reasons why you might want to block a website in Chrome or any other web browser for that matter. You might have young internet users to protect, you may know a particular site someone uses has been hacked or has downloads you don’t want on your computer.

Or you might just not want someone to go to a particular site at work or at home. The reasons are yours alone, I’ll just show you how to get it done.

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How to Block a Website in Chrome

You have several options to block a specific website in Chrome: You can use a Chrome extension that will block websites or you can use Chrome’s built-in feature for blocking websites.

While extensions make it super easy to block sites, extensions can be easily turned off. A big downside to extensions is that the more extensions you have running, the slower your web surfing experience, and each extension you install exposes you to some security and privacy risk. Generally speaking, it’s better to get things done in your web browser’s settings over an extension or plugin, if possible.

For Chrome on the desktop in Windows,  follow these steps to block websites:

  1. Open Chrome and select the menu dots in the top right corner.
  2. Select Settings
  3. Next, click Advanced Settings
  4. Select Change proxy settings under Network.
  5. This opens the Windows Internet Properties window.
  6. Select Restricted sites in the top pane and click the Sites button underneath.
  7. Add the URL(s) of the site(s) you want to block and click Add.
  8. Once you have compiled the list, click Close and OK.
  9. Restart Chrome for the blocks to take effect.

You can add any website or social network web page into the URL list and the browser will not display the homepage of that site or allow access to it.

Use the Block Site Chrome Extension

Block Site is a well-regarded extension for blocking websites that makes it easy to block specific sites, block adult sites, and it even has a “work mode” where you can block distracting sites while you’re working so you’re not tempted.

Block Site extension for Google Chrome

To install and use Block Site, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right-hand side of your browser or go to the Chrome menu.
  2. Select Settings from the pull-down menu.
  3. In the left-hand navigation menu,  click Extensions
  4. This will show you all your current extensions, click on the Extensions menu on the upper left-hand side.
  5. Search for the Block Site extension
  6. To begin blocking sites, you just need to accept the terms & conditions then start adding sites to block

When you click on the Block Sites extension icon (red shield icon) in your Chrome toolbar when you are on a specific site you can just click Block This Site. You can also directly edit your list of blocked sites and use other features, including Adult Sites (which blocks adult sites).

Block sites extension icon

This extension enables you to block a site you’re currently on or manually enter the URLs of sites you want to block. By default, Adult Block is turned on so if you want to turn Adult Block off, click on Adult Block and toggle it to off.

You can turn on Work Mode, which enables you to block certain distracting sites (e.g., Facebook) during times you’re trying to get work done.

In addition to blocking sketchy sites, there are quite a few other ways to make surfing in Chrome more secure. I’ll list a few of them here.

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Use HTTPS Everywhere

I choose my browser extensions very carefully as they can make or break your surfing experience. One I have had some success with is HTTPS Everywhere. Early versions of the extension broke Chrome but it has since improved drastically.

It now works with the majority of websites, doesn’t slow Chrome down all that much and works pretty well across the board.

Use a VPN

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are more popular than ever as a security measure. Once only used by companies to connect from one computer to another, they are now regularly used by everyone. We never know who is watching us on the internet and a major way to stop being spied on is to use a secure VPN.

A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between your computer and the VPN server. Anyone watching your internet traffic will not be able to see what you do or where you go.

Many secure VPN providers keep no records either. So you can be identified as a customer through your payment method but there will be no records of what you did while using that VPN.

Control JavaScript

JavaScript is widely used across the internet to provide interactive functions to websites. It is also used by ad servers and hackers too. Chrome allows you to disable JavaScript and then whitelist certain sites to enable it. This is quite a laborious task but will massively improve Chrome security.

  1. Navigate to the Menu in the top right of Chrome.
  2. Select Settings and Advanced settings.
  3. Select Content settings under Privacy.
  4. Change JavaScript to ‘Do not allow any site to run JavaScript.
  5. Select Manage exceptions. Add any URLs here of sites that use JavaScript that you trust.

Blocking JavaScript is a powerful way to secure Chrome but it does mean a little work on your part to whitelist those sites you like.

Chrome settings for improved security

There are a few other tweaks you can make to Chrome to make it more secure.

  1. Navigate to the Menu in the top right of Chrome.
  2. Select Settings and Advanced settings.
  3. Select Advanced sync settings and change Encryption options to ‘Encrypt al synced data with your own sync passphrase’. Add a phrase and click OK.
  4. Check the box next to ‘Send a Do Not Track request with your browsing traffic’.
  5. Uncheck the box next to ‘Enable Autofill to fill out web forms…’ and ‘Offer to save your web passwords’. Use a password manager instead.
  6. Select Content settings under Privacy and work your way through the list.

So not only do you now know how to block a website in Chrome but you also now know how to make Chrome more secure.

If you found this article helpful, check out other TechJunkie articles, including  How To Use Popcorn Time with Chromecast and Chrome Hardware Acceleration Explained.

Do you have any suggestions for the best way to block sites in Chrome? If so, please leave us a comment below!

2 thoughts on “How To Block Websites in Chrome [October 2019]”

RL says:
I followed your instructions and added facebook.com as the blocked site. Restarted Chrome. I am still able to get to facebook home page and access my facebook.com. It does not work.
Jamie says:
You are correct. I just retested it with the latest version of Chrome and you can no longer block sites using the browser itself. How annoying!
T Smith says:
Sadly, your solution to use the settings and restricted sites does nothing. I had hoped to block a couple sites that are distracting my virtual school student. I thought restarting the browser, or restarting the computer, would do it but that just isn’t the case. I can still log right into the sites on the restricted list, no problem.

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