Applies to Windows only.
Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\drivers\etc\hosts
Open hosts with Notepad. Make sure you create a backup as you should do when messing with any Windows system files.
Add URL’s you do not want to visit at the bottom of the document, a space between each URL.
After you save and close the hosts file, these sites are now blocked from your perusal. Victory.
I use this as a means of time management when all else fails.
But one could also apply this to playing dumb pranks on fellow bros, get back at roommates (prevent Steve from going on YouPorn.com — that’ll show him!), and maintain dictatorial digital control over your family (your wife will never figure out a way around).
Of course, it’s also easy to block sites if you have control over the home/apartment router. And perhaps, that method may be more fitting on some occasions because it works at a network level. The hosts method I outlined only works on individual PC’s, obviously.
But, it’s always good to have another way of skinning the proverbial cat, right?