How to Block a Website with BrowseControl

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BrowseControl is an internet restriction software that prevents access to unlawful, distracting, inappropriate, or unsafe sites on any internet browser (Google Chrome, FireFox, Edge, etc).

On this page, you will learn how to use BrowseControl’s web filtering features to enforce and regulate your organization's Internet restriction policies by blocking websites based on category, URL, domain, and the machine/user attempting to access the website.

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Control Internet Access

Allowed & Blocked Websites

Category Filtering

Application Blocking

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How to Block Websites

CurrentWare Web Filter

Blocking Websites with BrowseControl

With BrowseControl website access permissions can be customized for your network based on the user or machine used to access the website, 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 enforce Internet restriction policies for remote workers.

BrowseControl is best known as software for blocking websites on the internet. Aside from web access filtering, BrowseControl can also prevent unauthorized software use (games, instant messaging, etc.) and block the download of unauthorized files.

To learn how to block access to websites on the internet using BrowseControl, please read the instructions below.

If this is your first time setting up a product from the CurrentWare suite (BrowseControl, BrowseReporter, AccessPatrol, and/or enPowerManager), you will first need to install the CurrentWare Console on the device you would like to use as the managing computer.

The managing computer with the CurrentWare Console software installed will act as the centralized console for implementing your Internet access restriction policies with BrowseControl. The managing computer will be responsible for managing the other computers on the network - this will typically be a computer used by a manager, though it can also be a server for advanced users or for enterprises that would like to deploy their CurrentWare solution remotely.

If you would prefer a video tutorial for how to setup the CurrentWare console, you can find it here.


Before you begin: Download the CurrentWare Setup File

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Setup File Contents:

  1. CurrentWare Server and Console Setup File (CurrentWare.exe)
  2. CurrentWare Client Setup File (cwClientSetup.exe)
Install CurrentWare Web Filter Console on IT manager's computer

1. Install the CurrentWare Console on the manager's computer

  1. Launch the CurrentWare Console setup file (CurrentWare.exe)
  2. Read and accept the End-User License Agreement (EULA)
  3. Select “CurrentWareConsole” and click “Next”
  4. Select BrowseControl and Category Filtering solutions
  5. The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console and BrowseControl onto the manager’s computer. This process will take 3-5 minutes to complete.

Note: For companies installing BrowseControl on more than 300 computers, we recommend installing the CurrentWare Client setup file on a server and using SQL Server Professional as the database. To see Remote Deployment Options for BrowseControl, visit our quick-start installation page.

Install CurrentWare Web Filter Client on Employee's computers

2. Install the CurrentWare Clients on the computers you would like to control

  1. Take the CurrentWare Client setup file (cwClientSetup.exe) and launch it on the computers that you would like to block websites on.
  2. The installer will ask you for the name of the computer that the CurrentWare console is installed on from step 1. Advanced users can also use the IP address of their CurrentWare Server.
  3. After the CurrentWare Client installation is complete, it will connect to your CurrentWare Console (the manager’s computer from step 1) automatically.
  4. Repeat this process on all the computers you would like to control with the BrowseControl software.

Now that you have the CurrentWare Console software installed on the managing computer and the CurrentWare Client software installed on the machine(s) you would like to control, we will show you a few ways to block websites.

With BrowseControl's web filtering tools you can manage the internet access of computers/users using a combination of methods, allowing and blocking specific websites or categories of websites to suit your unique internet filtering needs.

  • Block a specific website/domain URL (also known as a "blacklist")
    • This method is best used when you would like to allow access to the majority of the internet with a small list of known exceptions
    • This method can also be used to customize your BrowseControl strategy alongside the category filtering method by blocking additional websites not included in your chosen categories
  • Block websites based on BrowseControl's frequently updated database of over 100 URL categories using the URL Category Filtering add-on
    • This method is best used to block a large number of websites based on defined categories that are not suitable for your organization such as Social Media, Adult, or Games
  • Block all websites except for a specified allow list (also known as a "whitelist")
    • This method is best used when the internet access of a given user/computer needs to be strictly regulated to a list of approved websites
    • This method can also be used to customize your BrowseControl strategy alongside the category filtering method by allowing access to specific websites that would normally be blocked in one of the categories selected in the Internet Category Filtering add-on

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Install CurrentWare Web Filter Console on IT manager's computer

3. Launch the CurrentWare Console on the managing computer

Choose 1 of the 3 following methods and apply it to the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to filter internet access for, or use a combination of these methods to customize your internet filtering strategy to meet your organization's needs.

Method 1: Block a Website - (Blocked List)

Block facebook with BrowseControl Web Filter
  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like 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 URL (www.NameOfWebsiteToBlock.com) of the specific website you would like to block for the chosen computer(s) and/or user(s)

Method 2: How to Block Websites by Category

Use Category Filtering to block Facebook with BrowseControl's filter
  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “Category Filtering
  4. Add the categories you would like to block (ex. "Social Media” to the Blocked Category List

Method 3: How to Block Websites - Allow only authorized websites (Allowed List)

Allow company authorized websites
  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “Off
  3. Go to “URL Filter
  4. Add the allowed websites to the Allowed List
Install CurrentWare Web Filter Client on Employee's computers

That's it! BrowseControl is blocking websites from the internet on your employees' computers!

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Reinforce awareness of your internet filtering policy for your employees, customers, or students

Customize your messaging for blocked sites to inform users in your organization of your internet usage policy. Whether you are filtering web access for legislation compliance, cybersecurity, employee productivity, or to prevent access to inappropriate content, you can customize messaging on blocked sites to suit your organization's needs.


Scalable solutions suitable for SMBs, SMEs, and Large Enterprises

Central Console Management Clients over the Clouds

Centralized Console, Remote Client Install and Offisite Management

 

CurrentWare's software can be deployed remotely and managed from a centralized console. Whether you are a small-to-medium-sized business (SMB), a mid-market small-to-medium enterprise (SME), or a large enterprise with thousands of units to manage, BrowseControl and all of the other programs in the CurrentWare Suite offers solutions to manage all of the users and computers across your organization.

Whether you are managing 5 or 5000 computers, you can enjoy the benefits of internet filtering with BrowseControl combined with the efficiency of CurrentWare’s centralized console to manage the internet access of your entire organization from a single machine.

Ensure your organization’s web filtering policies are enforced for remote workers. The offsite management capabilities of the CurrentWare centralized console lets you enforce your BrowseControl policies wherever your employees work.

 

Benefits of Internet Filter

Block Internet

Protect Your Computer

Prevent Users From Visiting Malicious Websites

Even the most careful internet users can inadvertently infect their network with malware by visiting malicious websites. These websites can install malicious programs on your devices without the knowledge of your users, potentially leading to the leak of personally identifiable information (PII) and the loss of files to ransomware.

BrowseControl’s category filtering add-on includes categories for proactively blocking known or potentially dangerous websites, giving your organization an extra layer of security for your data loss prevention plan.


Improve Network Performance

Increase Internet Speed

If your organization relies on a stable internet connection to keep things running smoothly, then you know the importance of investing in the bandwidth needed for your operations. Employees and users downloading large files, playing video games, and streaming videos not related to their work all contribute to clogging of the available network bandwidth, significantly reducing your network performance.

Organizations that proactively block bandwidth-hogging websites with BrowseControl save their limited bandwidth for what matters most to them - video conferencing, work-related video streaming, research, and more.

Web filtering software

Block Websites by Category

Block Distracting Websites

Increase Employee Productivity

Use BrowseControl to increase the productivity of your employees and the profitability of your organization by reducing undesirable distractions such as applications and websites for social media, news, and games.

BrowseControl’s customizable solutions allow your organization to customize access permissions based on your needs. Scheduled restrictions allow for looser restrictions during designated times, and user-based restriction settings ensure that everyone in your organization has access to the websites and applications they truly need.


Common Questions on Blocking Sites


How can you block a website?

BrowseControl can block sites on all major browsers such as Google Chrome using the URL Filter's Blocked list. BrowseControl can block websites by domain or URL to prevent users from visiting the site.

How do i block inappropriate web content?

Using BrowseControl's Category Filter, you can block inappropriate websites on Google Chrome by blocking websites by categories such as Adult, Porn, Violence, and more. BrowseControl's category filter works on all major browsers including Google Chrome, and prevent any user from visiting sites in the blocked category lists.

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Other BrowseControl Features

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Application Blocker

Eliminate the distractions from playing games or online chatting such as Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, League of Legends and etc.


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Port Filter

Easily block network ports on the network by adding them to the Port Filter list. Improve your network security by blocking ports to programs like FTP, torrent and proxies.


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Internet Scheduler

Internet scheduler is an easy way to block Internet during office hours - allowing your employees flexible Internet access during their breaks and lunches.


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Internet Quota

Administrators can control how often users have access to the Internet on a daily basis. The users will get notify on theremaining time they have for their Internet quota.



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