Want to block websites from being accessed in your organization? Whether you are a school, library, or business you need software to block internet access if you want to prevent your users from visiting high-risk, inappropriate, and distracting websites.
In this article you will learn about the many ways you can control internet use on Windows computers using BrowseControl, CurrentWare’s internet and app blocking software.Table of Contents
For just $3.99 per license per month, you can take advantage of BrowseControl to block billions of websites across over 100 categories. More than 10,000 new domains are added each day, making it simple to restrict internet use even as new websites emerge.
With BrowseControl you can…
Each website blocking mode in BrowseControl can be customized on a per-user group or per-device group level, allowing you to uniquely customize your policies based on the websites you want to block for each user or computer.
When your users visit blocked websites they can be presented with a custom block message or redirected to a page of your choosing, such as a copy of your internet use policy. You can also optionally provide an email address to receive requests to unblock websites that your users would like access to.
With BrowseControl you can do more than block sites; you can block apps, filter network ports at the endpoint level, and stop file downloads.
With BrowseControl’s URL filter you can block sites based on URL, domain, IP address, or URL keyword. Simply add the specified websites to the URL block list.
BrowseControl is compatible with the Windows operating system (including Windows 11). BrowseControl’s granular web restriction features make it the best software to allow only certain websites on a Windows-based desktop or laptop. Using the allowed websites list and Internet Off features in tandem you can restrict all websites except for the approved ones.
How to Block All Websites Except a Few in Windows
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While filtering certain domains is a viable strategy when you know the exact websites you want to restrict, more often than not the sites you want to keep inaccessible within your network are centered around a given category: Adult Content, Distracting Websites, Phishing Schemes, etc.
There are well over 1 billion websites currently on the world wide web, and approximately 380 new websites are created every minute! With such a massive influx of information, blocking websites manually simply isn’t sustainable.
With BrowseControl’s Category Filtering feature, you can block websites across over 100 categories in just a few clicks. More than 10,000 new domains are added each day, making it simple to restrict access to the web even as new sites emerge.
Block Sites Based on Content
If there is a blocked website that you would like to allow while still blocking its content category, you can use the Allowed List for those websites. For example, you can restrict the “Social Networks” category while allowing visits to LinkedIn. You can also use this method to restrict social media sites for everyone except for the marketing department.
BrowseControl also includes a reclassification tool, allowing you to locally change what category a given website is assigned to.
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Keyword filtering allows you to block websites that contain a given keyword in the Omnibox (address bar + search bar) of the browser. This can be used to block any page with a specific keyword in its URL.
How to Block Websites Using Keywords
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If you want to block a desktop or laptop computer from being able to visit any website in Chrome or other browsers while still allowing network access for other tools (apps, systems updates, etc) you can set the internet to “Off” in BrowseControl.
For businesses that want to control employee web browsing and schools that want to manage student computer use, certain websites may be appropriate for some but not for others.
By selectively limiting visits to certain websites for some but not others you can ensure that web use policies are not causing a productivity bottleneck.
With the BrowseControl web filtering software, you can organize your users or computers into their own policy groups, allowing you to selectively apply access restrictions based on the needs of each group.
To block websites for some while allowing them for others, you simply need to add the website you want to block/allow to the Blocked/Allow list for the exact group you want to control.
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BrowseControl can block websites on all updated modern browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge Chromium, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Opera.
BrowseControl will apply restrictions to a default list of browsers and applications. To block websites in other browsers and applications you can add their executables to the Filtering List.
Note: For the most up-to-date system requirements, please visit the CurrentWare knowledge base.
BrowseControl can set web usage limits to your client computers based on time and usage with its Timer and Internet Quota features.
The internet scheduler lets you create flexible policies based on set schedules. Configure unique restrictions for each day of the week, during lunch hours, on holidays, and even for specific months of the year.
Breaks and Lunches: Automate less strict web control measures during break periods, after office hours, and on special occasions.
Remote Workers: Allow access to distracting sites after work hours to allow remote workers and other employees to freely use company devices during their personal time.
The Timer feature allows you to assign Internet ON or OFF permissions on an ad hoc basis. For example, if a Client PC/User is set to Internet ON at a specific time and you would like to temporarily block their Internet access, the Timer feature will allow you to set the Internet to OFF for a specific amount of time. Once the timer has expired, the settings will return to the previous mode (ON/OFF or Schedule). The timer can be set for a whole group or an individual client.
Computer and Gaming Cafes: Set hourly limits to automatically disable your customer’s web access after their prepaid session is complete
Temporary Access: Use the timer to provide temporary and time-limited access to guests, contractors, students, and employees
With the Internet Quota Limit, the administrator can control how often users have access to the Internet on a daily basis. The quota limit is defined by the administrator and will start counting down as soon as the quota is enabled. They will get notification messages on their computers about how much remaining time they have for their quota.
Limit Access: Provide employees that do not require the internet for their roles with limited daily access for personal use during slow periods and breaks.
Shared Workstations: Set cumulative time restrictions to stop employees from hogging network access on shared workstations. Automatically disable the internet and notify them when they’ve exceeded their permitted usage.
School Computers: Stop students from abusing privileges on school computers by limiting their browsing time throughout the school day.
With BrowseControl, blocking a website you want to be restricted from your network is as easy as a click-of-a-button. The central management console makes managing the website restrictions of your entire workforce simple, scalable, and convenient.
If you’d like to try BrowseControl on your Windows computers you can download a free trial or get in touch with our sales team via phone, live chat, or email. If you’d like to try out the user interface first you can even visit our live demo.
”As a ‘novice’ I was able to set up with help from support in about an hour. Previous software took forever and didn’t work as advertised; this software worked right out of the box. It allows my workers to use the internet and make money for the practice without distraction/temptation to use personal websites/email/shopping.”
– Gerard B., Office Manager