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How to block porn on Windows 11

It’s easy with Safe Surfer to install an effective porn blocker on a Windows 11 device. Along with protecting your privacy, we use our behind-the-scenes technology to block porn and other harmful online content. Let’s get started with installing protection.

Step 1: Install protection



On the device to be protected, click the Microsoft Edge app (or any other web browser app, such as Google Chrome) on the taskbar.



Visit the Safe Surfer dashboard and log in to your account. Click the Devices menu on the left-hand sidebar, then click the “+ New Device” button.



Click “Another PC, laptop, or smartphone”, as we need to make a custom device listing.



Click Advanced.



Enter a name for this computer, then click the Accept button. You can ignore the checkbox underneath “Link my IP to this device”.



Click the copy button found next to the DoH protection link.



Click the Blocking menu on the left-hand sidebar. Click the blue bubble list, then click the device listing for this Windows 11 device.



Click the switches to either block or unblock categories—grey means not blocked, and red means blocked. Once you’re done, click the Save button at the upper-right corner. You might need to scroll to the top of the list for the Save button to appear.



At the upper-right corner of the dashboard’s title bar, click the three dot icon, then click the Log Out button. You can now close the web browser app.



Click the Start button on the taskbar.



Click the search bar.



Search for “settings”, then click the Settings app.



This device will feature Wi-Fi and/or Ethernet capabilities to connect to the Internet. We have detailed protection installation for both hardware options below. You should install for each if both are present.

Wi-Fi



Click the “Network & internet” menu on the left-hand sidebar, then click the Wi-Fi menu.



Click the “Hardware properties” menu.



Click the Edit button found next to “DNS server assignment”.



Click the drop-down box and select Manual. Turn on the IPv4 switch and fill in the details as below:

Preferred DNS: 35.227.226.142
DNS over HTTPS: On (manual template)
DNS over HTTPS template: [right-click and select Paste]

Once you’ve filled in the fields, click the Save button.



Ethernet



Click the “Network & internet” menu on the left-hand sidebar, then click the Ethernet menu.



Click the Edit button found next to “DNS server assignment”.



Click the drop-down box and select Manual. Turn on the IPv4 switch and fill in the details as below:

Preferred DNS: 35.227.226.142
DNS over HTTPS: On (manual template)
DNS over HTTPS template: [right-click and select Paste]

Once you’ve filled in the fields, click the Save button.



This device is now protected, but there’s still a little more we need to do for the best experience.

Step 2: Change important user account settings



Next we will ensure that the Windows user account your child uses will have only standard-level permissions on this device. This means that they will not be able to remove the filter installation without the password of a device administrator (being you). We will now go through the steps to make a new administrator account, then we will set the account your child uses to have standard-level permissions.

Click the Accounts menu on the left-hand sidebar, then click the “Other users” menu.



Click the “Add account” button found next to “Add other user”.



Click “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information”.



Click “Add a user without a Microsoft account”.



Call the user account “Admin” and enter a password. Make sure to use a memorable password that only you know. Click the Next button.



Click the “Change account type” button found next to “Account options”.



Click the drop-down box, then select the “Administrator” option. Click the OK button. You can now close the Settings app.



Click the Start button on the taskbar, then click the user account at the lower-left corner of the Start menu. Click the Admin user on the options list and log in to it.



Click the Start button > Settings app > Accounts > Other users. Click the user account listing that belongs to the person being protected, then click the “Change account type” button found next to “Account options”.



Click the drop-down box, then select the Standard User option. Click the OK button. Repeat the account type change for any other applicable user accounts. Once you’ve done this, you can now close the Settings app.



Click the Start button on the taskbar, then click the power button icon at the lower-right corner of the Start menu. Click the Restart option.

Step 3: Verify protection



Visit the Safe Surfer website and check the protection bubble at the top of the page to verify that this device is protected.



To see blocking in action, try visiting ExampleAdultSite.com. This is a safe website for testing if pornographic websites are being blocked. This website should be blocked.



Protection complete



Great work! This device is now fully protected. To start monitoring protected devices, visit our easy-to-use online dashboard.

If you ever need to uninstall protection, simply switch the Wi-Fi and/or Ethernet DNS server assignment settings back to Automatic mode (rather than Manual). As previously demonstrated, these changes can only be made by user accounts that hold administrative permissions on this device.

If you have any other Windows 11 devices you would like to protect, simply start again from the top of the guide. If you would like to protect a different kind of device, visit our Guides page.

Disclaimer: Safe Surfer Limited is in no way associated with Microsoft Corporation.

Updated on: 08/06/2023

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