As with many good things, one of the negative aspects of the Internet is the wide availability of adult websites. Most of the time, these NSFW (not suitable for work) sites can easily distort a child’s mind and have some serious long-term implications. Not to mention the threats from Trojans, viruses, and other malicious programs from these dubious sites that can compromise your financial and personal identity.
While you can always use a browser extension to block adult content in a specific browser, but can be easily bypassed with a proxy or another web browser. To help you with that, here are some of the best ways to block adult sites on Windows, with and without the use of software. Let’s start.
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1. Windows parental control
The easiest way to block adult sites or even any time-wasting sites (like Instagram and Reddit) is to use native parental controls in Windows 10. Although note that for this to work, you must have a Microsoft account (not a local account) and create different users for yourself or your children.
First, create a local user for your child.
To do so, navigate to Settings> Accounts> Family and other people. Please select Add a family memberand create new users for your child. Remember, you need to add an email address for your child here, so make sure you have one handy.
Once done, go to the Windows 10 Family Settings and log in, to directly manage your children’s accounts.
Once you log in, you will see a panel that allows you to set screen time limits, block sites, filter content, etc. We are interested in blocking websites here, so click on searching the web, choose Block inappropriate websites. This will block adult content in Edge and Internet Explorer and you can further customize it to prevent your child from launching the Chrome or Firefox browser. However, it is far from perfect, your kids can always use proxy sites or install a new browser to avoid this.
2. Block adult content with OpenDNS
The fastest, most efficient, and easiest way to properly block and filter content is to use the OpenDNS service. OpenDNS is a public DNS service that can intercept and filter or block content according to your settings. In case you don’t know, a DNS service translates the human-readable web address, such as google.com, to a machine-readable IP address, such as 192.168.0.125. For this case, we will use OpenDNS to block NSFW content, however, there are other DNS providers such as Clean browsing which does a similar job. The steps will be the same.
So to get started with OpenDNS, head over to the official site and Sign up for a free account.
Once you have finished registering, OpenDNS will give you the IP addresses of your DNS service. We need to use these IP addresses in our system or router to start using OpenDNS.
Fortunately, OpenDNS has specific instructions on how to change the DNS address on a computer or router. Just click on the appropriate option displayed just below the IP addresses.
Home routers: If you have a router in your home, select this option. It will take you to a page where you can find instructions for your specific router.
Computer and laptop workstations: This option provides instructions on how to change the DNS address on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. I will show you how to easily change DNS address in Windows, just follow the steps below.
Smart devices: This option shows you the instructions for other smart devices like smart phones, PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, etc.
To configure filtering, click on the link “Dashboard”In the top navigation bar. On the next page, navigate to “Settings“tab. Usually, your current IP address is already added in the blanks. Just click the” button.Add network. “
You will be asked to enter a descriptive name to easily recognize the network. So, enter the name and click the button “Done. “If you are using a dynamic IP address, select the check box”If it is dynamic“And then click on the link”Updated OpeDNS for Windows”To download the OpenDNS software.
That’s it, you’ve added the network. Install OpenDNS Updater and log into your account so that you can automatically update the IP address with OpenDNS if you have a dynamic IP address (IP address that changes every time you turn on your internet).
After creating the network, click the IP address to configure it.
Now, select the radio button “Personalized, “Select the check box”Pornography“And then click the button”Request”To save the changes. That’s all you have to do.
Add OpenDNS on Windows
Setting up DNS is pretty easy with DNS Jumper, a free, portable software for quickly changing DNS settings in Windows. Start, download DNS Jumper, extract the folder and run the EXE file.
Now select “USA – OpenDNS”In the drop-down menu below and then click the“Apply DNS. “
From this point on, the entire adult website will be blocked based on your settings. If necessary, you can also block other content categories like adult themes, nudity, etc. using OpenDNS.
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3. Block adult content using software
If you don’t want to mess with DNS settings, the second easiest method is to use a software called Qustodio. The free version of the software allows you to monitor, filter and block a user on a system. The software is very easy to use and to use the software, you must first register for service.
So, head over to the official site, enter your name, email address, a new password, and click the “button.Get Started Free. “We are going to use this email address and password to log into Qustodio on our computer.
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On the next page, click the button “Add my first user. “
Now, enter your kid’s details like name, year of birth, gender and click the button “Save money. “
Here on this page, click the button “Protect this device. “
The above action will download the Qustodio software. Install the software like any other Windows software.
After completing the installation, open Qustodio, select the radio button “I already have a Qustodio account“And click the button”next. “On the next screen, log in with the registered email address and password.
Here, enter the device name, select the checkbox “Hide Qustodio on this device“And click”next“.
As we have already created a user before, click on the button “Select this user. “
That’s all you have to do. You have finished configuring. Click the button “Go to my family portal. “
The above action will open the online setup page. Log in to your account to manage Qustodio settings. The dashboard shows you which account is online and the activity summary for that child account.
By default, Qustodio blocks all inappropriate content such as pornography, gambling, violence, etc. To edit lock settings, navigate to “Rules” page.
As you can see, some of the website categories are restricted by default.
If you want to further restrict a website category, click on the category name and then select the option “Block website category“And it’s ready.
That’s all you have to do. From this point on, the software will block all adult content. If a user tries to access any adult site, they will be automatically redirected to Google. In case you were wondering, even on Google and other major search engines, Safe Search is enabled and blocked from filtering explicit content.
4. Lock adult hosts file
Alternatively, you can use the Windows hosts file to block websites. This method is particularly useful if you know which websites to block. Although you can edit the hosts file with the Notepad application, we are going to use free software called BlueLifeHosts Editor to edit the hosts file. This makes it easy and safe to add and remove websites from the hosts file.
BlueLifeHosts Editor is a free and portable software that allows you to edit the hosts file correctly without errors or syntax errors. So, download the software, extract it, and run the EXE file.
Once opened, enter the web address in the field and click the button “+”Which appears in the top navigation bar. Now, click on the “Save money”To save the changes.
This action will add the website to the hosts file and it will crash.
If a user tries to access the website they just blocked, they will receive an error message similar to this one.
If you ever want to go back, just delete the entry or uncheck the checkbox and you’re good to go.
One thing to keep in mind when using this method is that anyone with administrator rights and knowledge to access the hosts file can modify or remove the entries.
That’s all there is to it and it’s that easy to block adult sites. While these blockers aren’t 100% foolproof, they get the job done. If you are trying to break your addictions, I recommend that you do not use your computer in private places or in your room for a few days. And take a look at subreddit like NoFap.
Share your thoughts and experiences on using the above methods to block adults in Windows.
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