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Because Microsoft Windows allows you to block malicious or dangerous websites to protect your computer and personal information, if you can't access a website using Google Chrome, it might be blocked. Unblocking a website takes just a few seconds; however, keep in mind that the website in question might indeed be dangerous and may harm your computer or data. If you can't find the website in the Restricted Sites list, it may be blocked from the Hosts file.

Unblock a Website From the Restricted Sites List

Launch Google Chrome

Launch Google Chrome, click the Chrome menu button -- marked with three horizontal lines -- and then choose "Settings" from the menu to open the Settings page.

Click the Show advanced settings ... link

Click the "Show advanced settings..." link, and then click the "Change proxy settings..." button in the Network section.

Click the Security'' tab

Click the "Security" tab, select the "Restricted sites" zone, and then click the "Sites" button to open the Restricted Sites window.

Select the blocked website

Select the blocked website from the Websites list, and then click the "Remove" button to unblock it. Click "Close" to close the Restricted Sites window, and then click "OK" to close the Internet Properties window.

Unblock a Site From the Hosts File

To expand the Windows Power User menu

Press "Windows-X" to expand the Windows Power User menu, and then click "File Explorer" to launch the app.

Select the drive

Select the drive that contains the Windows operating system, and then open the "Windows\System32\drivers\etc" folder.

Double-click the Hosts'' file

Double-click the "Hosts" file, choose "Notepad" from the list of installed programs, and then click "OK" to open the file using Notepad.

Locate the URL

Locate the URL of the blocked website in the Hosts file, select the entire line that contains the URL, and press "Delete" to erase it.

To save the changes

Press "Ctrl-S" to save the changes, and then close Notepad. You may need to restart Google Chrome before the changes take effect.


  • If the website is still blocked after you remove it from the Hosts file, restart your computer.

    If the website is blocked and doesn't appear in the Restricted Sites list or the Hosts file, your security solution or an extension may be responsible. Disable the security solution or the extension to unblock the website.


  • Information in this article applies to Google Chrome 32.0. Procedures may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.