How to Block Websites using Firewall on Windows 11

Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating system ships with a Firewall system. The firewall system of Windows is known as Windows Defender Firewall, and it’s a very powerful utility.

The Windows Defender Firewall is turned on by default on Windows 10/11, but users can manually configure it as needed. On Techviral, we have already shared a working guide on configuring a firewall to block internet access to the app.

In this article, we will share another best Windows Firewall trick that will let you block websites. You don’t need to install any browser extensions or edit your system’s host file to block a website.

Steps to Block Websites using Windows Firewall in Windows 11

You just need to create a simple firewall rule to block distracting websites. Below, we have shared a step-by-step guide on blocking websites using Windows Firewall. Let’s check out.

1) Find the IP Address of the Website

The first step includes finding the IP Address of the sites you want to block. For example, if you want to block Facebook, you need to find the IP Address of Facebook.

It’s pretty easy to find the IP Address of the website. For that, you need to use online websites like IPVOID. Here’s what you need to do.

1. First of all, visit IPVOID from your web browser.

2. Next, enter the website name on the text field and click on the Find Website IP button.

enter the website name

3. The site will list the IP Address. You need to note down the IP address.

note down the IP address

2) Creating a Firewall Rule to Block Websites

Once you get the IP Address, you need to create a Firewall rule to block the websites. Here are some of the simple steps you need to follow.

1. First of all, open the Windows 11 search and type in Windows Firewall. Open Windows Firewall from the list.

Open Windows Firewall

2. On the Windows Defender Firewall, click on the Advanced Settings option.

click on the Advanced Settings

3. On the left pane, click on the Outbound Rules.

click on the Outbound Rules

4. On the right pane, click on the New Rule button as shown below.

click on the New Rule button

 

5. On the Rule type pop-up, select Custom and click on the Next button.

select Custom and click on the Next button

6. Select All programs and click on the Next button on the next page.

All programs

7. Don’t make any changes to the Protocol and Ports option. Just click on the Next button.

click on the Next button

 

8. On the Remote IP Addresses field, select the ‘These IP Addresses’ checkbox.

select the 'These IP Addresses' checkbox

9. Now click on the Add button and add the IP Address you have copied. You need to enter every IP Address. Once done, click on the Next button.

enter every IP Address

10. On the Action page, select Block the Connection and click on the Next button.

select Block the Connection

11. On the Profile page, select all three options and click on the Next button.

select all three options

12. Finally, enter the name & description of the new rule and click on the Finish button.

enter the name & description

That’s it! You are done. If you try to access the blocked website, you will see a page like this.

How to Disable the Rule?

It’s pretty easy to disable the rule on Windows Defender Firewall. For that, you just need to follow the simple steps shared below.

1. Open Windows Defender Firewall and click on the Advanced Settings option.

click on the Advanced Settings

2. Select Outbound Rules on the left pane.

click on the Outbound Rules

3. On the Right pane, right-click on the Rule and select the ‘Disable Rule’ option.

select the 'Disable Rule' option

That’s it! You are done. This will disable the rule. Now you will be able to access the blocked websites.

The process might look lengthy, but it’s easy to follow. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts related to this, let us know in the comment box below.

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