Want to keep some sites away from your kid’s reach? Simply block them on your Windows 8 PC and they won’t be accessible until you unblock them. You can also block some sites at your office, so your employees don’t waste their time after browsing websites and not concentrating on work. Here’s how you can do that:
I. Before You Begin:
1. You need to be logged in as an Administrator.
II. Making the hosts file editable:
1. Go to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows Logo Key.
2. Search for windows defender and click on the first result that shows up.
3. In Windows Defender, head to Settings and then click Excluded files and locations.
4. Click on Browse and navigate to the following directory:
5. Click on hosts and hit OK.
6. Now click the Add button to exclude the selected file.
7. Finally hit Save changes.
III. Blocking Websites in Windows 8:
1. Press the Windows Logo key and you should be on Start Screen.
2. Search for Notepad and right-click on the first result that shows up and select Run as administrator.
3. In Notepad, click on File>>Open… and select hosts file from the following directory:
4. Once the file’s open, you can start editing it.
5. Say if you want to block yahoo.com on your PC, you’d add the following line at the end of the file:
6. Similarly, you can block Facebook by just adding the following line:
7. The file will now look like following:
8. Save the changes once you’re done with adding websites.
9. Now open any browser on your PC and type in yahoo.com in the address bar and hit Enter. You’ll see that it’s not accessible.
10. You’re done!
Brilliant! With such nice feature of blocking websites, you can really keep your children away from the sites that aren’t useful for them!