The motivation is to block myself from accessing certain distracting websites while still being able to add/remove programs, change settings etc. Can the built-in parental controls deliver this functionality.

Is this even possible in the windows security model? It seems like you'd have to create an account that duplicates all the privileges and functions of the "super-admin" account, but cannot unblock itself from accessing the websites.

(using windows 10)

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    No it is not possible. Anything which can be done by an admin account can be undone by another admin account.
    – DavidPostill
    Dec 24, 2017 at 18:47

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There are a few ways to do this:

  • Use the hosts file to block specific sites.
  • Use Windows Firewall to block specific sites.
  • Set permissions for sites using family settings, which apparently requires a Microsoft account, as opposed to local login.
  • Use a third-party tool for a particular browser to block specific sites, such as LeechBlock NG for Firefox.
  • Use a third-party tool to block a category of sites for a particular browser, e.g. pornographic, such as Porn/Malware Blocker or Porn site Blocker for Firefox.

Of course, anything you can install, you can uninstall... none of these options absolutely prevent you from undoing your New Year's resolution not to waste time on the web, but they're useful reminders.

  • Figures. Do you know if this is possible on linux or mac?
    – user27636
    Dec 29, 2017 at 23:00
  • Again, intuitively obvious, anything you can install, you can uninstall. Perhaps an obliging ISP might block sites if you give someone power of attorney, to prevent you asking that they be unblocked... though I don't think it's likely. Dec 30, 2017 at 22:32
  • it think the parental controls on ios allow you to install software while restricting web traffic.
    – user27636
    Jan 1, 2018 at 0:29

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