How to Block Websites Using Group Policy

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How to Block Websites Using Group Policy
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In the modern workplace, its very common to see computers. They're tools designed to increase productivity. The downside, of course, is the Internet is quite expansive and as such, a person's mind can wonder from productiveness. Using Group Policy, it is possible to block specific sites and keep the employees on track.

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Things you need

  • Windows OS
  • Group Policy Utility

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  1. 1

    Press the Windows key and the "R" key at the same time. The Windows key has the Windows logo on it.

  2. 2

    Type "cmd" into the "run" box. Press enter.

  3. 3

    Type "ping" into the command prompt window. This is the black box that came up. Press the spacebar and type a site that needs to be blocked. [I.E. ping]

    Press Enter.

  4. 4

    Write down the IP addresses returned. The Command Prompt will return a series of numbers, in the format of ##.##.##.##. These are the IP addresses.

  5. 5

    Collect a list of all the IP addresses of the sites that should be blocked.

  1. 1

    Press the Windows key and the "R" key at the same time.

  2. 2

    Type "gpedit.msc" into the "run" box. Press enter.

  3. 3

    Navigate to Computer configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > IP security Policies. This is found on the left-hand side of the Group Policy window.

  4. 4

    Right-click in the right-hand pane and select Manage IP Filter Lists...

    Click Add and give the policy a name.

  5. 5

    Select Add. This brings up the IP filter Wizard. Click Next and always choose "My IP address" as source.

    Set destination to specific IP address.

    Enter IP address of site to be blocked.

    Repeat for each IP address.

Tips and warnings

  • If using this method for a large company, its recommended to use an ISA server instead.
  • Alternatively, HOST files are easier to maintain as well.
  • Be sure to type in the IP addresses correctly.

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