This happens to everyone: you want to spend 5 minuets to check for emails and ends up spending more time on the Internet by visiting time wasting social networking and other sites. Aren’t we able to control ourselves from visiting those sites? Blocking some sites does help, but we don’t want to permanently block them, we’ve to block them for a specified time period.
Blocking distracting Sites in Windows using FocalFilter
Suppose, I don’t want to visit Facebook for an hour or so that you can concentrate on your work, meet FocalFilter freeware app for Windows, blocks user defined websites for a specified time period in all browsers.
The tool blocks the sites and unblocks them after user set time period is over. You can then block those again or close that dialog to continue your work. Let us see how to use this app.
After installing FocalFilter on your computer, launch it. Click on “Edit My Site List”, type or paste a set of sites you want to block (make sure those addresses open in web browser).
For e.g. I entered Twitter, Facebook and YouTube’s web addresses in the box and clicked Save button. Now choose the time period to block, here I’ve chosen 1 hour and click Block My Site List.
Now choose the time period to block, here I’ve chosen 1 hour and click Block My Site List after that.
Now try to open any browser and try to load those websites one by one, they won’t load because they’re blocked by FocalFilter.
These site blocks will be unblocked automatically after the time you’ve set which will be shown by the dialog. During this time, you can’t able to access the program because it was already running in the background.
Want to block sites permanently? Type those sites addresses in the hosts file and save.
FocalFilter can’t block sites in browsers if you use Avira or Kaspersky Internet Security. This program works on Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1 and Windows 10 .Net framework 4.0 to be installed on your computer for it to work.