If you are a busy parent or working professional, having certain websites blocked can come in handy to protect your children and keep you productive. Webroot Internet Security Plus comes with website blocking but does not allow for specific websites the user chooses. For this, you need to use Windows Defender when using Windows 10.
Webroot Firewall / Web Sheild
Webroot Internet Security Plus comes with a firewall and web shield that includes the advanced option of blocking malicious websites. To do this, open the Webroot Internet Security Plus main program window and click “Advanced Settings” in the upper right corner. Click on “Firewall / Web Shield” and you will see the “Block malicious websites” checkbox selected by default. You can uncheck this box at any time to allow free browsing on all websites. However, this is not recommended as it puts your system at severe risk for malware attacks and other threats.
Overall, Webroot Internet Security Plus does not offer the option of blocking specific web sites that are entered by the user.
Windows 10 Includes Website Blocking
If you are using Windows 10, it has a website blocker built into Windows Defender. This can be tricky for novice or beginner Windows users to make changes to, so perhaps get help from a person experienced doing this. To proceed, you first need to know the IP address of the website you are trying to block. You can find the IP address of any website online by using the command prompt in Windows 10.
Finding An IP address Using The Command Prompt
- First type cmd.exe in the Windows 10 search field on the lower left.
- Use the tracert command. When the command prompt appears, type the command “tracert www.sitename.extension” without using “.
- The IP address should appear in the sentence “Tracing route to www.sitename.extension” [IP Address] at the top of the stream.
- Write this down and type into the Windows Defender IP address field
discussed in the following instructions.
Blocking Websites With Windows Defender Firewall
- Type “Windows Defender Firewall” into the Windows 10 Start bar search field.
- Go to Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Windows Defender Firewall -> Advanced Settings.
- Enter a “New Rule” for Inbound Rules. You can also do this for Outbound Rules. You can find these on the left panel. Select “New Rule” from the Action window on the right.
- Select “Custom” for the custom rule. Click Next.
- Have “All Programs” selected. Click Next.
- On the Action Page, Select “Block the connection.” Click Next.
- Leave all rules applied as-is for Domain, Private, and Public, unless you want otherwise. Click Next.
- Enter a name for the new rule. For example “Block XYZ.com.” Click Finish.
- The name of the rules should appear in the Inbound Rules / Outbound Rules window. To fully block a website, both Inbound and Outbound Rules may need to be set to block it.
Any rules can be edited later or you can add more IP addresses to block for that rule.
Using a site blocker can help keep you productive and your family safe from harmful websites. Having more than one form of site blocking on your system is recommended. Webroot Internet Security Plus and Windows 10 can together offer complete website blocking.