How to Block a Website Using a Group Policy

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How to Block a Website Using a Group Policy
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You can block a website using group policy to prevent your staff or employees from browsing certain websites at work. You will need to determine the IP address of each website to perform this task. When you block its IP address, a website will not open on Web browsers or even mobile devices connected over Wi-Fi.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click on Start and select "Run..." Type "cmd" without the quotes and press "Enter".

  2. 2

    Type the following without the quotes when the command prompt appears: "ping <website>", where "<website>" is the URL of the website you want to block. For example, the command "ping facebook.com" will return a series of numbers in the form of XX-XXX-XX-XXX. This is the IP address of the website.

  3. 3

    Click on Start and select "Run..." again. Type "gpedit.msc" without the quotes and press "Enter". This will launch your Group Policy Editor.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the following location in the left pane under "Group Policy": "Navigate to Computer configuration" > "Windows Settings" > "Security Settings" > "IP security Policies".

  5. 5

    Right-click anywhere in the right pane and click on "Manage IP Filter Lists..." Hit the "Add" button to name the group policy.

  6. 6

    Type a name and hit "Add". Click on "Next" and select "My IP address". Enter the IP address of the website you want to block. Hit "OK". Repeat these steps to block additional websites using Group Policy.

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