How to delete unwanted websites
As I told you at the beginning, to be able to delete unwanted sites you can take advantage of different tools and various functions. You ask me which ones? Well, to find out more, there is nothing left to do but continue reading: you will find everything explained in detail below.
The first system that I suggest you consider to eliminate unwanted sites while browsing online on your devices is to go to the settings related to the parental control that you find in admin panel of the router that you use for your Internet connection.
So, open the browser that you usually use to browse online from your computer (eg. Chrome), type theIP address of the router (the default ones are usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1) in the address bar and press the key Submit on the PC keyboard. If prompted, also enter username and password (generally correspond to admin / admin or ad admin / password).
Once logged into the router management panel, try to identify, among the various settings agolable, the option relating to control it genitori or al parental control, then enable it, click on the button or on the item for aggiungere a web indirizzo and type l 'URL to be blocked in the appropriate field, repeating this step for each site to which it is your intention to limit access. Then remember to save the changes by pressing the button Save o Apply.
If in the future you have to think again, you can always and in any case cancel the block against terminated sites, by going again to the section of the router control panel just mentioned, identify the Web addresses of the portals of your interest, selecting them and pressing the button to remove them. Again, you will need to save the changes you made to ensure that they are actually applied.
Unfortunately, I cannot be more precise about the steps to be taken on the control panel of your router since each device, depending on the bre and model, can have different settings. If this can help you, below you will find a list of some of my specific tutorials by router bre and by provider that you can conont to clarify your ideas on what to do.
- How to configure the Netgear router
- How to configure the TP-Link router
- How to configure the D-Link router
- How to configure the TIM router
- How to configure the Vodafone Station
- How to configure the Fastweb router
- How to configure the Infostrada router
Another system you have on your side to avoid accessing unwanted sites on your computer is to go and act on the file hosts. In case you've never heard of it, this is a file where you can enter information to "redirect" your computer to certain IP addresses when specific URLs are typed.
To edit the file in question, if you are using Windowsclick here Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) che trovi nella part in fund to left della taskbar, individua il collegamento relative to Block notes and open it with administrative privileges, by right clicking on it, choosing the item Run as administrator from the menu that appears and responding Yes to the warning that appears on the screen.
In the Notepad window that is shown to you, select the menu Fillet located at the top left, click on the wording apri attached to it, go to the path C: / Windows / System32 / drivers / etc from the further window that you now see, choose the item All files from the drop-down menu located at the bottom right, select the file called hosts and click on pulsating apri.
In the text file that opens, search for strings 127.0.0.1 localhost or :: 1 localhost, position with the course of the last riga (if it is altre righe di codice, posizionati dopo di queste) and enter the string 127.0.0.1 go on dall 'URL to which you want to prevent access (eg. 127.0.0.1 sito.com to block "site.com"), repeating the step in question for each site in relation to which you are interested in going to act. 127.0.0.1 is, in fact, the IP address of the local computer and by redirecting a URL towards the latter, it is obtained that this is unreachable by the device in use.
Next, close the hosts file and click the button Save in the window that appears, to ensure that the changes made are saved and applied. If you have second thoughts, all you have to do is eliminate from the hosts file the above string and save the changes again.
Se, invece, stai using MacOS, to edit the hosts file do this: select the del icon Launchpad (Quella with il space rocket) located on the Dock bar e, in the screen that appears, click on the icon terminal (Quella with the nether finest in the riga di codice). In the Terminal window that appears on the desktop, type the comme sudo nano / private / etc / hosts file, press the button Submit on your computer keyboard and type the Password relating to your account account.
At this point, use the directional arrows on your keyboard to reach the last line of the hosts file you just opened, type the string 127.0.0.1 go on dall 'URL of the site to be blocked (eg. 127.0.0.1 sito.com to block “sito.com”) and then press the button Submit, to confirm the operation. The steps I have just indicated must be repeated for each portal to which you choose to prevent access.
When you have finished making changes, remember to save the changes you made, using the key combination ctrl + o, to press the button Submit, to go out, and to use the combination ctrl + x, to close the Terminal window. In case you have to think again, all you have to do is access the hosts file again, remove the above string and save the changes. That's all!
Another solution you have on your side to eliminate unwanted sites is to take advantage of DNS filtri. To be precise, what you need to do is set up gods DNS alternatives to those offered by your provider, opting for a solution that allows you to use parental controls e, therefore, to limit access to specific websites.
In case you have never heard of it, DNS is what allows you to access Internet sites using easy-to-remember addresses (eg. Google com) rather than long numerical combinations (eg. 126.96.36.199): they are those who are therefore responsible for "translating" the addresses typed in the browser and lead the user to the resource sought (therefore the real IP address of the typed site).
Among the various DNS servers agolable that you can use to filter unwanted sites, I suggest you turn to those of OpenDNS, which allow you to surf the Net by going beyond any regional blocks applied and allow you to filter access to sites in a personalized way.
To take advantage of the site access filter, you need to create a account on OpenDNS, by going to the website of the service, by clicking on the item Login high up after your complaint Sign Up For a Free Trial. Next, you need to install the appropriate one client free for Windows and macOS, which you can get by going to this page.
None of the systems to eliminate unwanted sites that I have already pointed out has convinced you in a particular way and are you therefore looking for some other solution? Under the circumstances, you might consider installing browser extensions capable of fulfilling the purpose in question.
If this interests you, below you will find those that, in my humble opinion, represent the best solutions on the square for Chrome and Firefox.
- BlockSite (Chrome / Firefox) - extension thanks to which it is possible to set blocks on specific websites, by visiting them and selecting the appropriate item from the proposed menu.
- Tiny WebFilter: Anti Porn & Block Adult Sites (Chrome) - specific extension for Chrome which, as the name implies, prevents access to sites with content not suitable for minors.
- Foxfilter (Firefox) - this is a specific extension for Firefox through which you can block sites with material not suitable for minors, using specific keywords.
Program to eliminate unwanted sites
If, on the other he, you prefer to eliminate unwanted sites by relying on the use of a program, I suggest you consider the tools included “steard” in Windows and MacOS for the parental controls that I have found explained below. Try them now: I'm sure they will satisfy you.
Parental Control (Windows)
If what you are using is a PC with su installed Windows 10, you can delete unwanted sites by using the function Parental control offered by the most recent operating system from Microsoft, thanks to which it is possible to block unwanted sites, limit the hours of computer use, track the activities carried out and implement other tricks in order to monitor and control the work of the little ones on the Net (e beyond).
Note that parental control is agolable to anyone with a Microsoft account and has proceeded to configure the latter on your computer.
That said, to take advantage of the feature in question, click on Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) placed on the taskbar and click on the icon Settings (the one with the rgear wheel) present in Start menu.
In the window that at this point is shown to you on the desktop, click on the item Account, then on the wording Family and other users that you find in the left side menu and select the link Aggiungi a member of the famiglia. In the further window that appears, select the item Add a child and specify or create the child's Microsoft account you want to block access to certain sites.
After completing the above steps, select the item Manage family settings online that you find in the section Your family in the Settings Windows 10, so you can access the web page for managing parental controls.
On the page Your family identify, therefore, the name of the child, select the item Other options placed in its correspondence and choose the wording Content restrictions give the menu that comes mostrato.
Then check that the option Block inappropriate websites annexed to the section Browsing the Web is enabled (otherwise you can provide), then type, from time to time, theURL of the sites to block in the field Aggiungi a website to block, under the heading Semper bloccati, and click the button capacitor positive (+) lead, to confirm.
Alternatively, you can decide to allow access only to certain websites but excluding all others. To do this, type theURL of the sites allowed in the field under the heading Always consent and check the box Consent only questi siti Web.
Should you wish in the future remove the restrictions applied, you can do so by going to the section again Content restrictions of the page for parental control of Microsoft accounts and pressing the button Remove that you find next to the sites you want to delete.
Usage time (macOS)
Stai using MacOS, to eliminate unwanted sites you can take advantage of Usage time, a default function of Macs, made agolable starting with macOS Catalina, which allows you to track the use that is made of the computer, as well as to schedule breaks and set restrictions for the use of applications and access to Internet sites (i.e. the function that interests you!).
To use it, click on the icon System Preference (Quella with the ruota d'ingranaggio) located on the Dock bar and select the item Usage time in the window that is shown to you on your desk.
At this point, fai clic onla voce options located in the left side menu, select the box next to the wording Use Usage Time Code and type il PIN which is your intention to exploit to avoid unwanted changes to the settings you are going to define.
After completing the above steps, click on the item Content and privacy in the menu on the left, click on the button Attiva present at the top right and enter the code previously set.
Now, if you want to restrict access to adult websites only, choose the option Limit adult websites from the section Web contentDopodiché by clicking on the button Customize, then on the button capacitor positive (+) lead located at the section With restriction in the panel that has opened and type, from time to time, theURL of the sites of your interest. To save and apply the changes, click on the button end.
Alternatively, you can decide to create a list of the websites you want to make accessible but exclude all the others. To do this, choose the option Only website consentiti from the section Web content above, click on the button Customize, then on the button capacitor positive (+) lead and type, from time to time, theURL of the various portals. Finally, save and apply the changes made by clicking on the button end.
If and when you want remove the restrictions applied, you can do it by proceeding as follows: go to the section Content and privacy di Usage time, select the appropriate item from the side menu, then press the button Customize, select the URL of the portals to remove, click on the button negative (-) lead and save the changes by pressing the button end.
Alternatively, you can directly disable the functions to restrict access to websites by choosing the option Unlimited access that you find in the above screen and pressing the button disable located at the top right.
How to delete unwanted sites on smartphones
If you are interested in deleting unwanted sites on the smartphone (or on the tablet) you can, instead, consider relying on one of the solutions of this type that you find below, compatible with both Android that with iOS / iPadOS.
How to delete unwanted sites on Android
If you are using a Android, I suggest you test Hosts Go to block access to certain websites. It is, in fact, an app that allows you to edit the hosts file of the Google mobile platform, thus allowing you to prevent visiting certain URLs. It is free, but eventually it is also agolable in a paid variant (at a cost of € 6,49) that removes advertising and allows you to support the work done by the developers.
To download and install the app on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and tap the button Install. Then start Hosts Go by tapping the button apri comparso onlo schermo oppure selecting the relative icon added in Home Screen.
Once the main screen of the app is displayed, bring up ON the lever placed in correspondence with the item Hosts change switch, award your bottone capacitor positive (+) lead and type 127.0.0.1 in the field IP Adresswhile in the field Hostname you have to type theURL of the site to be blocked. Repeat these steps for each site you want to act on.
To save and apply the changes, then touch the button Add Hostname, return to the main screen of the app, tap the buttons Home and OK.
When and if you want it, you can always and in any case eliminate a particular site from the list of blocked ones. To do this, tap the button Hosts Setting, select the URL of your interest, tap on the icon of dustbin located at the top right and press the button Delete.
How to delete unwanted sites on iOS / iPadOS
Are you using an iPhone or an iPad and would like to underste how to delete unwanted sites on the latter? Well, I inform you that to do this you can use the function offered directly by iOS / iPadOS, called Usage time, which is practically the same that is also offered on macOS, which I told you about in the previous lines.
To use it, select the icon of Settings (Quella with the ruota d'ingranaggio) that you find in Home Screen of your iPhone or iPad e, in the new screen displayed, tap on the item Usage time. Then, tap on the wording Utilizza codice "Tempo di utilizzo" at the bottom and type a PIN to protect any changes to the setting you are going to activate.
After completing the above steps, select the item Content and privacy restrictions present in the screen of Usage timecarry your ON the lever that you find in correspondence with the item Content and privacy restrictions, enter the PIN you have previously set and select the item Content restrictions, dopodiché selects the wording Web content.
At this point, if it is your intention to prevent access to sites with adult content only, select the option Limit adult websites, tap on the item Aggiungi website that you find in the section Never allow and type, from time to time, theURL portals of your interest.
If, on the other he, you want to create a list of only allowed sites and block access to all others, choose the option Only website consentiti which is at the top and lists the sites you want to allow by selecting the item Aggiungi website which is located at the bottom and typing, from time to time, the relative URL. Please note that a list of Internet sites deemed safe is already proposed (which you can possibly modify at will).
In case you have to think again, you can remove at any time the sites added in the list, by going to the section Settings> Screen Time> Content & Privacy Restriction> Content Restriction of iOS / iPadOS, by entering the PIN you set by selecting the item Web content, swiping from right to left on the sites to be deleted and selecting the item Delete.
Alternatively, you can directly disable the functions to restrict Internet access by choosing the option Unlimited access in the above screen, returning to the main screen of Content and privacy restrictions and moving on OFF the lever placed in correspondence with the wording Content and privacy restrictions which is located at the top.