‘Walk where your heart leads you’
In recent years we have all been exposed to numerous web restrictions and limitations. In fact, Internet censorship and surveillance is rapidly becoming part and parcel of our societies. We agree that it is undoubtedly a means of curbing piracy and cracking down on certain gruesome activities. However, internet service providers (ISPs) sometimes block websites that have little to do with actual crime. And that’s when resistance sets in and encourages us to seek ways to access restricted websites.
If this is your case, you are on the right track, as we have prepared an exhaustive guide on how to unblock sites on a PC. All the methods below are simple and easy to implement, so neither specialized knowledge nor skill is required to get things done.
Nonetheless, remember that many websites have been blocked for a good reason, so exercise prudence in exploring the web and keep your PC safeguarded against malicious attacks. Make sure you have a reliable antivirus product installed or configure Windows Defender to provide continuous protection. In addition, we strongly advise you to use Auslogics Anti-Malware, since this tool can hunt down the threats you never even knew existed.
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That said, here are our 10 tips to help you bypass ISP blocking of websites on Windows 10
and Windows 11. We’ll also show you how to unblock websites if they’re not showing up due to a glitch in your browser or operating system.
1. Use the Internet Connection Troubleshooter
The Internet Connection Troubleshooter is a great place to start. It’s Windows’ built-in tool that checks for common problems affecting your system’s network connection. It works by restarting certain services and detecting conflicts.
Once it finds the problem, it attempts to fix it. If the troubleshooter can’t fix the problem, it provides information about the issue.
We’ll show you how to fix the problem on Windows 10 and Windows 11 as there are different methods involved for both operating systems.
Follow these steps for Windows 10:
Follow these steps for Windows 11:
2. Make use of a VPN
If the website you are trying to access has been blocked by your ISP, using a virtual private network (VPN) is actually the easiest way to circumvent the limitation in question.
To start with, a VPN is a most helpful technology: it enhances your security and privacy by providing encrypted connections, keeping malware and viruses at bay, and making unwanted content, ads and pop-ups give your screen a wide berth. And on top of that, VPNs can magic away restrictions imposed on desirable websites. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
There are plenty of excellent VPN tools on the market, and you can opt for any of them, depending on your needs and budget. Some VPNs are free while certain premium products may cause you to cough up – the choice is yours. Anyway, there is a solution for everybody.
If you already have a VPN, try using it to access any website that has been blocked by your ISP. If your VPN connection is failing, make sure to read through this article of ours: it is full of proven fixes to try out.
And finally, do not forget that using a VPN does not make your browsing 100 % safe – especially if you trespass on the websites your ISP considers worth blocking. So, stay alert, keep your software up to date, create and safely store strong passwords, and steer clear of phishing scams. Besides, consider using special software that will prevent security breaches and data leaks. For instance, Auslogics BoostSpeed will protect your privacy and improve the performance of your Windows 10 computer.
3. Switch to a public DNS
Changing your Domain Name System (DNS) settings is a reportedly effective workaround to get past Internet censorship and filtering.
By default, your computer automatically uses your ISP’s domain servers to resolve IP addresses. It’s at that level that censorship often occurs. Switching to a public DNS such as Google’s should fix the issue in this case.
Here is what you should do to make the trick work:
There are different methods for Windows 10 and 11.
Here’s how to change your DNS server on Windows 10:
Follow these steps for Windows 11:
Hopefully, now you are able to access restricted websites.
Nevertheless, ISPs are quite shrewd these days: some of them have their own ways to stop those who use public DNS servers from accessing blocked websites. Fortunately, there is no need to despair: you still have plenty of tricks up your sleeve – just keep reading and press on with your efforts.
4. Use IPs, not URLs
Although ISPs are notorious for blocking certain URLs, most IP addresses are not haunted this way. Here is how you can use this situation to your advantage:
No luck? Then proceed to the following workaround – your triumph is yet to come.
5. Use proxy websites
Proxy websites may come as a godsend if the website you are trying to access has been blocked by your ISP. A proxy website is a third-party online service that will camouflage your IP and get you through the blockage so that you can get the information you need. The only problem is, this method slows down your connection, so make sure you have it in peak condition so far.
6. Use proxy browser extensions
Using a proxy browser extension is a nice way of cracking blockages and filters, so you are free to choose and add the best extension for you, depending on your browser. However, bear in mind that this solution limits the speed of your Internet connection.
7. Utilize the Google Translate service
That is an awesome trick indeed: good old Google Translate can actually save your day by helping you bypass the restrictions imposed by your bossy ISP.
Here is what you should do:
8. Try Short URLs
This method is both simple and effective: just copy the URL of a blocked website and paste it into an online URL shortening service. The short version you will get is likely to lead you through the blockage.
9. Use HTTPS
Unfortunately, this solution will not work with all websites, but it is still worth a try. To move to the HTTPS option, do the following: launch your browser and replace your ‘http://’ address part with ‘https://’ or put ‘https://’ before the ‘www.’ part. Now you should be able to bypass the restriction.
10. Convert websites to PDFs
And here is another way how to unblock sites on a PC: you can use available online services to convert websites into PDFs, which will make the desired content accessible in the form of nice printable sheets.
11. Turn Off the Windows Firewall
Your firewall is responsible for protecting your computer from possible Internet breaches. It scrutinizes inbound and outbound connections, filtering out connections it considers to be malicious.
In this case, it may be blocking the website you’re trying to access. You can turn off the firewall to confirm this theory.
Follow these steps on Windows 10 and Windows 11:
12. Flush Your DNS Cache
Your DNS cache is a file that contains the IP addresses of websites that you have visited or attempted to visit. The cache is built up using your DNS server. Whenever your system uses your default domain name server to resolve IP addresses, it stores the information in the DNS cache.
The cache could become problematic or out-of-date because the website you’re trying to visit has updated its IP address or moved to a new one. The cache may also contain blacklisted IP addresses, especially if you used your ISP domain server.
Since you’re now using a public DNS server, you can force your system to rebuild the DNS cache by flushing it.
Follow these steps:
13. Reset the Winsock Component
The Windows Socket component is an application programming interface that facilitates Internet connection for Wwindows applications through the TCP/IP. It lives in your computer as a dynamic link library containing different sets of configurations.
The tool may become corrupt and prevent some websites from loading properly. In some cases, it may trigger the error you’re experiencing. Resetting it to default settings can resolve the issue once and for all.
Here’s how to do that:
netsh winsock reset
14. Release and Renew Your IP Address
If the IP reserved for your computer by your router
for your computer
becomes problematic, you’ll start experiencing numerous issues, one of which is blocked or unreachable websites.
You can resolve the issue by releasing your current IP and requesting a new one from your router or Internet device.
The steps are simple:
15. Perform a Clean Boot
Performing a clean boot helps you determine if the problem is the result of app conflicts. Sometimes, programs and services that run at startup interfere with other processes, causing various problems.
The clean boot method involves starting your computer without allowing those startup services and programs to launch. Then you can check for the problem.
If you can connect to the website without issues, then one of those applications has been causing the issue.
Let’s show you how to run the clean boot and find the cause of the issue:
Now, follow these steps to disable startup services:
Once your PC boots, open your browser and try opening the website. If the website loads without problems, you just confirmed that one of the programs or services has been preventing the website from loading.
You can find the responsible app or services by enabling each and checking for the problem. If the website stops loading right after you enable a particular service or program, then it’s the culprit.
You can cut your stress by enabling the entire startup services and checking. If the website still loads, then none of the services are responsible and you can start checking the programs. However, if the website stops loading, go through the services one after the other until the issue is resolved again. Note that the last service you disabled before the problem stoppeds is the cause of the problem.
16. Use Internet archives
No success so far? Well, this might mean your ISP has stolen a march on you and foreseen subterfuge. In a case like this, we advise you to search for digital archives that may store the copies of the web pages that you cannot access directly now.
That’s how to fix the Windows 11 blocking websites issue!
We hope you have managed to reach your coveted content.
Do you have any ideas or questions regarding this issue?
We are looking forward to your comments!
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Take advantage of a dynamic IP..
How do I get rid of a website blocker?
Click the settings icon ( ) on the browser toolbar and select Settings..
On the left, select Advanced, then click Privacy and security..
Under Privacy and security, click Site Settings..
Scroll down and select Pop-ups and redirects..
Change the slider to the Allowed state..
How do I unblock something as administrator?
Step 1: Right-click on the file and select Properties. Step 2: In the General tab, check "Unblock" under "Security". Step 3: Click Apply and then Ok.