How to Block a Website in Internet Explorer

The Internet is a vast web of inter-connected servers which may host inappropriate websites for certain people, especially children. The following instructions are for blocking malicious and unwanted websites in all versions of Internet Explorer. If you are using Firefox or other browsers, you may want to consider another, much more advanced way, to block websites using a host file: Use a Hosts File in Windows. Here is the easiest and most effective method to safely surf the Internet through IE.


  1. Open Internet Explorer. In the Menubar click Tools → Internet Options → Content. In the Content Advisor box, click Enable.
  2. Click the Approved Sites tab. Enter the address of the website. Keep in mind – if you want to block the complete website put * in front. For example to block myspace completely, type * Click Never and then OK.
  3. Click on the General tab and sure to select Users can see websites that have no ratings
  4. Enter a password you can remember easily with a hint.
  5. Click OK to safely surf the Internet.


  • Microsoft uses the Family Online Safety Institute [1] for the rating service. You can customize and see if that fits in your need.
  • Consider installing web filtering software such as [2], which allows or disallows websites based on their content. Some good free web filtering software is: K9 Web Protection, Naomi, NetDog Internet Filter, and SafeSquid.


  • If someone types the URL in the search engine (Google), and the websites comes up as the search result, then they can click on the cached link and see the earlier version of that site.

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