3 Ways to Block Porn on Windows

The best thing about the internet is — here you can find information about anything. As with many good things, one of the bad sides of the Internet is the wide availability of porn. More often than not, these porn sites can easily distort a kid’s minds and have some grave implications in the long term. Not to mention, the Trojan, Virus and other Malware threats from these dubious sites that can compromise your financial and personal identity.

So, it is very important that you show the discretion and filter and monitor what your kids are doing on the internet. To help you with that, here are some of the best ways to block porn on Windows.

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BLOCK PORN ON WINDOWS

1. Block Porn Using OpenDNS

The fast, effective, and easiest way to properly block and filter content is to use the OpenDNS service. OpenDNS is a public DNS service that can intercept and filter or block the content according to your settings. In case you don’t know, a DNS service translates the human-readable web address like google.com to machine understandable IP address like 192.168.0.125.

So, to start off, head over to the official site and sign up for a free account.

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Once you are done signing up, OpenDNS will give you the IP addresses of its DNS service. We need to use these IP addresses in our system or router to start using the OpenDNS.

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Thankfully, OpenDNS has specific instructions on how to change DNS address on a computer or on a router. Just click on the appropriate option displayed just below the IP addresses.

Home Routers: If you have a router in your house then select this option. It will take you to a page where you can find instructions for your specific router.

Computer Workstations and Laptops: This option gives instructions on how to change DNS address on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. I will show you how to easy change DNS address in Windows, just follow the steps below.

Smart Devices: This option shows you the instructions for other smart devices like smartphones, PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, etc.

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Configure OpenDNS

To set up the filtering, click on the link “Dashboard” on the top navigation bar. In the next page, navigate to the “Settings” tab. Generally, your current IP address is already added in the blanks. Simply click on the button “Add Network.”

block porn sites add network to opendns

You will be asked to enter a friendly name to easily recognize the network. So, enter the name and click on the button “Done.” If you are using Dynamic IP address, then select the checkbox “Yes, it is dynamic” and then click on the link “OpeDNS Updated for Windows” to download the OpenDNS software.

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That’s it, you’ve added the network. Do install OpenDNS Updater and log into your account so that it can automatically update the IP address with OpenDNS if you have a Dynamic IP address(IP address that changes every time you turn on your internet).

After creating the network, click on the IP address to configure it.

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Now, select the radio button “Custom,” select the checkbox “Pornography” and then click on the button “Apply” to save the changes. That’s all there is to do.

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Add OpenDNS in Windows

Configuring DNS is pretty easy with DNS Jumper, a free and portable software to quickly change DNS settings in Windows. To start off, download DNS Jumper, extract the folder and execute the EXE file.

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Now, select “US – OpenDNS” from the drop-down menu under and then click on the button “Apply DNS.”

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From this point forward, all the porn website will be blocked as per your settings. If need be, you can also block other content categories like the adult themes, nudity, etc., using OpenDNS.

Also Read: See What Others Are Browsing on Your WiFi with OpenDNS

2. Block Porn Using a Software

If you don’t want to mess with the DNS settings then the second easiest method is to use a software called Qustodio. The free version of the software allows you to monitor, filter, and block one user on one system. The software is very easy to use and to use the software, you first need to signup for service.

So, head over to the official site, enter your name, email address, a new password, and click on the button “Get Started Free.” We are going to use this email address and password to sign into Qustodio on our computer.

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block porn sites signup for qustodio

On the next page, click on the button “Add my first user.”

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Now, enter your child details like the name, birth year, gender and click on the button “Save.”

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Here on this page, click on the button “Protect this device.”

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The above action will download the Qustodio software. Install the software like any other windows software.

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After completing the installation, open Qustodio, select the radio button “I already have Qustodio account” and click on the button “Next.” In the next screen, sign in with the registered email address and password.

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Here, enter the name of the device, select the checkbox “Hide Qustodio on this device” and click “Next“.

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Since we’ve already created a user earlier, click on the button “Select this user.”

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That’s all there is to do. You’ve done setting up. Click on the button “Go to my Family Portal.”

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The above action will open the online configuration page. Log in to your account to manage Qustodio settings. The dashboard shows you which account is online and the activity summary of that child account.

By default, Qustodio blocks all the inappropriate content like pornography, gambling, violence, etc. To edit the block settings, navigate to the “Rules” page.

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As you can see, some of the website categories are restricted by default.

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If you want to further restrict a website category then click on the category name and then select the option “Block website’s category” and you are good to go.

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That’s all there is to do. From this point forward all porn content will be blocked by the software. If a user tries to access any porn site, they will be automatically redirected to Google. In case you are wondering, even in Google and other major search engines, Safe Search is enabled and locked to filter explicit content.

3. Block Porn Using Hosts File Hack

Alternatively, you can use the Windows hosts file to block websites. This method is particularly useful if you know what websites to block. Even though you can edit the hosts file using the Notepad application, we are going to use a free software called BlueLifeHosts Editor to edit the hosts file. This makes it easy and safe to add and remove websites from the hosts file.

BlueLifeHosts Editor is a free and portable software that lets you properly edit hosts file without any mistakes or syntax errors. So, download the software, extract it, and execute the EXE file.

Once opened, enter the web address in the field and click on the “+” icon appearing on the top navigation bar. Now, click on the “Save” button to save the changes.

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This action will add the website to the hosts file and will be blocked.

block porn sites websites added to hosts file

If a user tries to access the website you just blocked, they will receive an error message something like this.

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If you ever want to revert back, simply delete the entry or uncheck the checkbox and you are good to go.

One thing to keep in mind while using this method is that anyone that has admin rights and know how to access the hosts file can modify or delete the entries.

That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to block porn. Do share your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to block porn on Windows.

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About Vamsi Krishna

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