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Learn how to block unwanted, annoying and adult content websites on Mac and allow which sites you can access.

Blocking unwanted websites can...

  • keep your children from visiting adult content.
  • keep yourself from wasting time in visiting websites that makes you unproductive.

Create a blocklist with Mac Parental Controls

  1. Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences...> Parental Controls.

    System Preferences - Parental Controls

  2. Choose Create a new user account with Parental Controls, and then click Continue.

    Parental Controls - Create a new user account with parental controls

  3. Fill out the fields for the user account creation, and then click Create User.

    Create a new user account with parental controls - Create User

  4. Select Try to limit access to adult websites, and then click Customize....

    Try to limit access to adult websites - Customize

  5. Click the plus (+) icons so you can add websites to allow or block access.

    Customize - allow or deny access to websites

Create a blocklist using a Host File

  1. Open Utilities.

    Go Menu

  2. Select Terminal.

    Utilities Folder

  3. Back up your hosts file:
    1. Type sudo /bin/cp /etc/hosts /etc/hosts-original in the Terminal window, and then press the RETURN key.
    2. Type your Administrator Password, and then press the RETURN key. The cursor will not move from its position as you type your password.

    Terminal window

  4. Type the command sudo nano -e /etc/hosts in the Terminal window, and then press the RETURN key. This will open the hosts file.

    Host Database

  5. Using the arrow keys on your keypad, go to the bottom of the line. Type 127.0.0.1 and the website address you want to block.

    Modifying hosts file

  6. Once you’re done adding the website address you want to block, press Command ⌘ + O on your keyboard to save the file, and then Command ⌘ + X to close the file.

Create a blocklist with Antivirus One

Antivirus One provides the easiest way to block websites on your Mac. With just three simple steps, you can block websites easily and effectively. Here's how:

  1. Open Antivirus One.
  2. Click on the Web tab, and then click the gear icon of the Websites on black list will always be blocked. option.

    Websites on black list will always be blocked

  3. Type the website you want to block inside the field, then click Add.

    Type the unwanted website

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