How to Block Websites

Want to start blocking internet access at work? Learn how to block websites with BrowseControl, CurrentWare’s web filtering software for business.

Easily restrict access to distracting, inappropriate, or unsafe sites on any internet browser on Windows computers.

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Methods for Blocking Internet Access at Work

With BrowseControl, blocking websites is as easy as a few clicks. Website access permissions can be customized for your network based on users or machines, giving you a flexible solution for blocking websites across your network.

BrowseControl can provide an extension of your organization’s onsite internet usage policies to laptops and computers running outside the corporate network, giving you the option to block websites and enforce internet use policies for remote workers.

URL Filtering (Block List/Blacklist) —Block a Specific Site

This is how to block certain sites with BrowseControl.

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you want to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “URL Filter”
  4. Add the domain URL ( or IP addresses of the specific website you want to block for the chosen computer(s) and/or user(s). You can block as many sites as you want.
  5. Click “Apply to Clients” to save the blocked sites
Screenshot of the URL filter from BrowseControl, CurrentWare's web filtering software
Screenshot of category filtering window from BrowseControl web filter. Porn and social media categories blocked.

Website Category Filtering—One Click to Block Millions of Websites

Block websites based on content categories with BrowseControl’s category filtering feature.

More than 10,000 new domains are added each day, making it simple to block websites even as new sites emerge. Easily block distracting sites such as social media or inappropriate content such as pornography.

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you want to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “Category Filtering”
  4. Use the search bar to find the categories you want to block (e.g. “Social Media”) and add them to the Blocked Category List

Allowed List (Whitelist)—Allow Only Authorized Websites

With the Allowed List you can allow access to only certain sites or allow websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their content category.

For example, you could use Category Filtering to block websites in the Social Media category while still allowing access to LinkedIn.

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to customize access restrictions for
  2. Set “Internet” to “Off”
  3. Go to “URL Filter”
  4. Add the URLs, domain, or IP addresses of the allowed websites to the Allowed List
BrowseControl URL whitelist with several websites allowed


Web Filtering Software Keeps Students & School Systems Safe From Internet-Based Threats

Exposing students to the digital world comes with a responsibility to protect them. Students love BrowseControl because it gives them a safe working environment and prevents potential bad actors from interrupting their educational experience.

Exposing students to the digital world comes with a responsibility to protect them and our systems.

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This software was easy to install and customize to our needs. Category Filtering is such a time saver and of course saving time is saving money!

Scott S, Senior Systems Engineer
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BrowseControl is the best software for internet filtering. We can block specific websites and applications…[being able to] add and remove the restrictions instantly is a great feature. They have a great customer support to solve our queries.

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Why Would You Want to Block Sites?

Blocking websites with BrowseControl gives you full control over internet usage in your organization.

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Enforce Acceptable Computer Use Policies

  • Policy Reminders: Redirect users from restricted websites to your internet use policy or a custom block page
  • Block Websites: Prevent access to websites that go against your acceptable computer use policies
  • Non-Compliance Alerts: Combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter internet use monitoring software to get alerts of policy violations
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Block Bandwidth Hogs to Improve Network Availability

  • Block Bandwidth Hogs: Block Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other unproductive bandwidth hogs
  • Restrict Unproductive Sites: Reduce unproductive web browsing to ensure bandwidth availability for work tasks
  • Discretionary Access: Selectively allow access to high-bandwidth sites on an as-needed basis
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Reduce Distractions to Improve Employee Productivity

  • Improve Focus: Block distracting websites and apps to keep your users focused on their tasks
  • Custom Internet Policies: Apply different policies for group of users or computers to avoid bottlenecks
  • Control Tech Use: Combine with BrowseReporter computer monitoring software for advanced awareness and control over technology usage
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Protect Your Business From Compliance & Liability Risks

  • Prevent Software Piracy: Use the app blocker to prevent employees from launching specific applications
  • Block Inappropriate Content: Prevent users from accessing pornographic, hateful, or crude websites at work or school
  • Meet Compliance Requirements: Control internet use to secure your network against web-based threats and data loss to cloud storage sites/apps

Protect Against Web Security Threats

  • Download Blocker: Block file downloads such as executables, zipped files, and videos from the internet
  • Internet Off: Block the entire internet from being browsed for specific computers or employees
  • Malware Protection: Block malicious and high-risk websites with our frequently updated category filtering database
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Prevent Data Theft & Leakage

  • Cloud DLP: Block unsanctioned cloud storage apps and sites to prevent employee data theft
  • Port Filtering: Block ports used for FTP, SCP, SFTP, etc. to prevent data from leaving the network
  • Block High-Risk Sites: Block other potential data egress points such as personal email platforms, torrenting sites, etc

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BrowseControl Web Filtering Features

Category Filtering
Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific web content categories

URL Filter
URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for
specific URLs

Application Blocker
Application Blacklisting

Block specific Windows
applications from launching

Download Filter
Block Downloads/Uploads

Prevent uploading and downloading based on file type

Port Filter
Port Filter

Close unused and high-risk
TCP/UDP ports

Customized Message
Customize Message

Display a customized warning
message on blocked websites

Bandwidth Tracker
Google Safe Search

Search engine filters prevent explicit results in search engines

Internet Scheduler
Time-Based Policies

Schedule internet access and control browsing based on time

Internet Off

Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the
centralized console with Active
Directory import or syncing

Internet Off

Platform Security

Protect your CurrentWare console
with 2FA, passwords, privilege
management, and more

Internet Off

Offsite Management

Extend onsite security policies to computers running outside the corporate network

Internet Off

SQL Server Supported

Database scaled for enterprise and
large business operations using
Microsoft SQL Server

BrowseControl Web Filtering Software FAQ

Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?

The free trial is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 devices for 14 days.

If you need more time or more devices to properly evaluate our web filtering software solution in your organization, reach out to our team.

Here at CurrentWare we pride ourselves on our customer support. During and after your evaluation our team is here to help you over a phone call, live chat, or email. We will make sure that you get the best experience possible.

What Deals Are Available For BrowseControl?

The base price for BrowseControl is $5 USD per license per month.

For even more advantageous pricing on our web filtering software, we offer a variety of deals.

  • Get up to 15% off with pre-pay discounts for 3-year subscriptions
  • Get up to 10% off when you purchase the full CurrentWare Suite
  • Non-profit and education organizations can qualify for up to 10% off
  • CurrentWare’s resellers and Managed Services Providers enjoy advantageous pricing on their licenses
  • Volume discounts are available starting at 100 licenses

For more information on the best deals or to request a custom quote, please contact our sales team.

Will the Software Continue to Work When My Users Leave the Network?

Yes. The client agent installed on the computers has the ability to block the internet even if it does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server. Your off-site workers will continue to not be able to access blocked websites.

This offsite management capability makes BrowseControl the best web filter for remote workers; internet security policies will remain enforced even when employees are connected to their home network. As with on-premises workers you can block inappropriate websites, allow certain websites, and unblock websites. 

The client agent stores and enforces BrowseControl’s internet restriction policies locally on the device. CurrentWare’s last known policies will continue to be enforced even if the computer loses internet connection or connects to a different network.

Note: If you wish to update policies or receive reports from client agents outside of the network they will need to be able to communicate with the CurrentWare Server.

Once a connection is reestablished you will receive your user’s internet usage data and any web filtering policy updates will take effect.

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How Do You Unrestrict a Website?

To unrestrict a website that is blocked by Category Filtering, add it to the URL allow list. This will allow you to block an entire content category while selectively allowing specific websites.

For example, you can block the Social Media category while allowing access to

To unrestrict a website that is on your  Blocked Sites List, simply select the user or group you would like to modify and remove the website from the Block List. 

Learn More: How Do I Control Internet Access With BrowseControl?

Is BrowseControl Compatible With Google Chrome?

Yes. BrowseControl can block websites on all modern internet browsers on the Window operating system including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and Firefox. You can find the most up-to-date system requirements here.

How Do I Stop Employees from Accessing Certain Websites?

To stop employees from accessing certain websites you can add the websites you want to block to the Blocked Sites List.

If you would like to block a specific category of websites you can use the Category Filtering feature to block sites that belong to categories such as porn, social media, and virus-infected. This allows you to easily limit adult websites based on a pre-defined database of websites known to have adult content without needing to use URL blocking for blocking specific websites. 


What is the Difference Between URL Filtering and Category Filtering?

URL Filtering limits access to specific web pages, IPs,  and domains (websites) by comparing web addresses that end-users are attempting to visit against a database of websites that are on an Blocked or Allowed List.  This is the ideal method for blocking specific websites.

Category Filtering blocks websites based on content categories such as Porn, Social Media, and Hate sites. This allows thousands of websites to be blocked without the administrator knowing their specific URL. As new websites are identified by the category filtering provider they are sorted into their respective content categories, which can be sorted through by scrolling or with the included search bar.

How Do I Block Internet Access at a Certain Time?

 BrowseControl includes three features to restrict internet access to allow users to visit websites based on time – internet quota limitinternet scheduler, and internet timer. 

The Timer feature allows you to turn the internet on or off after a set time limit has elapsed. Once the timer has expired, the Internet settings will return to the previous Internet mode (ON/OFF or Schedule).

The Internet Scheduler allows you to set unique allowed websites and blocked websites lists on a set schedule. This is typically used to allow employees or students access to unproductive websites during their breaks while restricting them during work periods. 

The Internet Quota feature allows the administrator account to control how long users have access to the Internet on a daily basis. This allows end-users to browse the web throughout the day until their quota is reached. This feature is ideal for internet cafes and other organizations with users that do not require ongoing access to the internet.

Learn More: Using Timer and Internet Quota to Set Internet Time Limits

How Do I Unblock a Specific URL Within a Content Category?

If you would like to block a given web content category while selectively allowing access to specific sites, simply log in to the administrator account and add sites you would like to unblock to the URL Allow List.

With this method you can block the Social Media category while allowing access to or block the File Hosting category to prevent personal cloud storage use while still allowing access to sanctioned cloud storage providers.

Can I Use Your Internet Monitoring and Web Filtering Software for My Remote Users?

Yes. BrowseReporter and BrowseControl support a variety of deployment options that allow you to monitor and restrict internet use no matter where the devices are.

To use our web filtering and internet monitoring software for your remote users, you will need to configure a few settings.

As always, our customer support team is here to assist you so you can make the most out of CurrentWare; if you need assistance you can reach out to us by phone, live chat, or email.

Remote workforce management options:

  1. Port Forwarding: By configuring inbound port forwarding settings on your network’s router you can connect the CurrentWare Client software on your remote user’s computers to the CurrentWare Server in your network.
  2. Cloud Deployment: Install the CurrentWare Server on a cloud-based virtual machine and adjust a few settings to allow traffic between the CurrentWare Server and Clients.

Learn More: Block Websites for Remote Users

How Do I Block a Site on Google Chrome?

You can block websites on Google Chrome by using a compatible website blocking app such as BrowseControl.

Simply add the URLs, IP addresses, or content categories of the website you would like to block on Google Chrome to the blocked sites list.

In addition to Google Chrome, BrowseControl can block websites on all the other modern internet browsers including Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera, and more!

What Websites Should I Block?

Which websites you should block depends on the goals of your organization.

For the best results you must ensure that the sites you block align with your organization’s goals. When you block a website you should consider the impact the blocked sites would have on your company. For example, you will want to limit adult websites to maintain a respectable work environment.

  • Improve productivity by blocking distracting websites such as Facebook.
  • Maintain a respectable environment by blocking inappropriate websites with explicit content such as pornography, hate, or crude humor.
  • Improve network security by blocking high-risk websites such as peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, illegal streaming sites, and as many sites that are known to be malicious.
  • Increase internet speed by blocking bandwidth hogs such as Netflix and YouTube.

Can I Allow Local Network Access While Blocking Internet Access?

Yes. Simply set the internet to “off” in BrowseControl  to completely disable access to the internet, then add the authorized intranet sites to the Allow List using their hostname or IP address.

Learn More: Block Internet & Allow Intranet with BrowseControl

How Do I Find Out What Websites the Web Filtering Solution Has Blocked?

BrowseControl allows you to enable the logging of blocked URLs for troubleshooting purposes.

This allows you to see what websites BrowseControl is blocking, though for optimal performance it is recommended that you disable it after you have finished troubleshooting. 

In addition, you can use BrowseReporter’s URL Categories Visited report to see what URLs have been visited, what category they belong to, and whether or not the user was blocked from accessing the website.

Learn More: Find Out What Websites BrowseControl Is Blocking

How Do I Disable Internet Access for my Users?

To completely block internet access, simply set the internet to “Off” in your BrowseControl web filtering settings. This will allow applications to connect to the internet while preventing your users from browsing the web.

To selectively allow or block URLs or IP addresses, add them to the Allow List (whitelist) or Block List (blacklist/deny list) of the URL filter.

To block websites based on content, add the content category you would like to block from the Category Filtering list. You can exempt specific URLs within a category by adding them to the URL Allow List.

Can I Restrict Internet Access in Citrix, Remote Desktop, and/or Terminal Server Environments?

Yes. The CurrentWare Suite is supported on desktop computers, virtual machines (VMs), and servers running modern versions of the Windows operating system.

CurrentWare is a verified Citrix Ready partner; you can install the CurrentWare Clients on your Citrix Workspace running Windows.

In addition, all CurrentWare components are compatible with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Servers (TS).

When restricting internet access in Citrix with CurrentWare you can block websites on PC Mode to restrict the individual Windows virtual machine or on User Mode to restrict internet access for specific employees across multiple devices and/or virtual machines.

Monitoring and managing your end-users with CurrentWare in a Terminal Services environment works similarly. The exception is that in a Terminal Server/Terminal Services environment the server will be registered as an individual endpoint; to apply granular policies for each user, department, or Organizational Unit you will need to use User Mode.

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How Can I Block Internet Access for a Specific Computer?

BrowseControl allows you to assign unique web access policies for each Windows computer, user, or workgroup.

Simply add the specific Windows computer or user you would like to control to their own policy group, then use the Internet Scheduler, URL Filter, or Category Filter to block internet access. You can manually block websites, block site categories, and unblock websites as needed.

To change between users mode and computers mode, simply click the users tab or computers tab.

Learn More: How to Restrict Internet Access With BrowseControl

Can I Block HTTPS Sites Without SSL Inspection?

Yes. BrowseControl’s web filtering methods do not use SSL inspection, SSL stripping, or Transport Layer Security Inspection (TLSI) to block HTTPS sites; it simply reads what’s in the browser’s address bar, among other methods. This allows you to restrict internet access without the security risks and performance impacts of decrypting web traffic.

What is SSL inspection? SSL inspection is a process in which web filtering software decrypts, analyzes, and re-encrypts the content of encrypted websites to decide whether or not they should be blocked based on web filtering policies.

Is BrowseControl a Suitable Filtering Software For Families?

No. BrowseControl is designed for blocking sites for enterprise clients, schools, libraries, and other organizations.

BrowseControl is not a suitable filtering software for parents that want parental controls to restrict their child’s computer and internet use.

  • The minimum order quantity is 10 licenses, which may not be feasible for parents with a limited number of devices for their child.
  • BrowseControl web filtering software starts at $5 USD per license per month. While this is advantageous pricing for a business environment blocking sites for their employees, it may be cost prohibitive for parents that simply want a web filtering service for their child.
  • All of CurrentWare’s solutions are developed with a businesses, schools, and similar organizations in mind. As such, our features, device settings, and development processes are not focused on managing child computer use in the way dedicated parental controls would be.

For filters that are more suited to blocking sites with explicit content for families, please see the Best Parental Controls Software reviews from PCMag.

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