How to Block Adult content/websites using OpenDNS ?

OpenDNSOpenDNS is most popular and reputed service which provides a safe, fast, smart and reliable Internet @ no cost. Besides these features, it also includes other major and advanced techniques.

OpenDNS provides maximum security, Parental controls and Phishing Protection. It’s the best solution for parents looking to protect their kids from inappropriate Web content.

Its Web Content Filtering divides Internet into more than 50 categories. This way you can easily block web content like: all adult sites, illegal activity, social networking sites, video sharing sites, P2P, Gambling, Sexuality, Adware, Phishing and much more..

There are 6 modes to choose from: High, Moderate, Low, Minimal, None and Custom.

Content Filtering modes

You can also use ‘Custom’ option to block any required content. Just Choose the categories you want to block and Apply.

Manage individual domains lets you block any domain, just add the domain and select ‘Always Block’ option.

 block a particular site

How To Setup and use OpenDNS to Block Web Content:


1. Create an OpenDNS account which is 100% Free.

2. Now go to OpenDNS dashboard and open ‘Networks’ option.

OpenDNS Dashboard

3. Then Add a network using your IP address. The IP can be seen at top of OpenDNS page. A small software, Open DNS Updater is needed to be installed to keep your preferences and IP address updated. Available for Windows and Mac OS X.

4. That’s it. Now open your network settings and choose from any of the 6 content filtering modes listed above. You can change these settings anytime from Open DNS dashboard.

Result – Now whenever you open any adult content/site or make searches related to it, a dialog will be presented as shown below 😀

site blocked

Disable OpenDNS –

If you want to disable Open DNS temporarily, just open ‘OpenDNS updater’ > Preferences > uncheck ‘Use OpenDNS on this computer’ and click Ok.

Open DNS updater

OpenDNS can be used to protect your home, small or medium size-business or an Enterprise network for Free.

Hope you’ll find this post useful. Do share your views with us below.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

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  1. August 25, 2010

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