Blocking Websites On Chrome

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© Anadolu Agency/Contributor/Getty Images You can stop Chrome from blocking downloads through the browser's security settings. Anadolu Agency/Contributor/Getty Images

As a Chrome Enterprise administrator, you can block and allow URLs so that users can only visit certain websites. Restricting users’ internet access can increase productivity and protect your. Open chrome and on the top-right corner of the browser, click Settings. Select the option ‘People’ from the top left side of the page. Select 'Sync and Google services', under which you’ll see an option that says ‘Safe Browsing’. Turn it off and you’re done.

  • You can stop Google Chrome from blocking downloads by temporarily turning off the Safe Browsing feature, located in the Privacy and security section of Chrome's Settings page.
  • Chrome's Safe Browsing feature is designed to protect you from malicious websites and infected files that can damage your computer or compromise your security.
  • After you download the blocked file, it's a good idea to re-enable Safe Browsing.
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Chrome's built-in security tools are your first line of defense against online malware, including dangerous websites and malicious downloads.

Google Chrome Website Blocker

Unfortunately, Chrome is sometimes too cautious and can block perfectly safe files, which it believes might be dangerous.

If you are trying to download a file, but Chrome won't allow it, you can temporarily (or permanently) disable the browser's security. Of course, you should be sure the file is safe before you choose to override Chrome's protection.

Here's how to do it.

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How to stop Chrome from blocking downloads

1. Open Chrome and click the three-dot menu at the top right of the window.

2. In the drop-down menu, choose 'Settings.'

3. On the Settings page, in the You and Google section, click 'Privacy and security.'

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Go to the Privacy and security section of Chrome's settings to find the Safe Browsing feature. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. In the Privacy and Security section of the main page, click 'Security.'

5. In the Safe Browsing section, click 'No protection (not recommended)' to turn the feature off.

6. Click 'Turn off' in the pop-up to confirm you want to do this.

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider When you turn off Safe Browsing, you are disabling the browser's primary security tool for keeping you safe online. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

7. Download the file that was blocked.

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Do you want to use parental controls to protect your children from seeing certain websites? Or perhaps you want to block yourself from being distracted by Facebook while you work. Either way, here’s how to turn on SafeSearch and block websites on the Chrome web browser.

How to Turn on SafeSearch on Chrome

To filter out Google search results that are explicit or inappropriate for children, go to and click the box next to Turn on SafeSearch. Then make sure to click Lock SafeSearch to save your changes.

You will know that SafeSearch is turned on and locked if you see colorful spheres in the top-right corner of Google.

Note: This will only block inappropriate and explicit websites from appearing on Google searches for that user. If you want to totally block your children from visiting harmful websites, follow the steps below.

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How to Block Specific Websites on Chrome Using theBlock Site Extension

One of the easiest waysto block websites on Chrome is to download the Block Site extension fromthe Chrome Web Store. Then you can add specific websites and keywords you wantto block and click the green plus sign.

Note: This extension is free to download. However, to access some features, you will have to pay for a monthly subscription. If you want to block your kids from seeing any adult content on any web browser, check out our guide on how to set up parental controls on Windows 10.

  1. Open Chrome and download the Block Site extension. You can find this extension in the Chrome Web Store here.
  2. Then click Add to Chrome. You will see this in the upper-right portion of your window. Once you click this, a pop-up window will appear at the top of your browser window.
  3. Next, click Add Extension in the pop-up window. The extension will automatically be downloaded and added to Chrome. Then you will see a new tab open.
  4. Then click Agree in the new tab. This gives the extension permission to access information on the sites you visit.
  5. Add the site(s) that you want to block in the Block Site search bar. Block Site places their orange “Block Site” shield icon at the upper right side of your browser window. You can access the extension at any time by clicking on this icon.
  6. Then click the green plus sign to add a blocked site.

    You can also block sites by keyword, add password protection, and more by clicking one of the options in the left sidebar.

    Note: If you are setting this extension up to block your kids from going to certain websites, make sure to set up a password for blocked sites and for the extension as well.

    If you have trouble remembering your password, check out our list of the best password managers here.

  7. Finally, test the extension by going to a website that you blocked.

You can quickly block a new site by clicking the extension button in the top-right corner of your browser window. This is the button that looks like a red shield next to your address bar. Then click the Block this site button.

Now that you know how to block websites on Chrome, check out our article on how to speed up Chrome.

Updated on April 9, 2020

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