How to Block Browsers with FocusMe
Sometimes blocking websites is not enough. You might want to block some particular browsers entirely.
To block them, it’s the same process as to blocking other applications. Open up the browsers you want to block and leave them running (this will make it easier for FocusMe to find them).
Creating a Focus Plan
Create a new Focus plan or edit an existing one in FocusMe. To create a new plan, click the “add plan” button on the upper right. To edit an existing plan, either right-click on a plan and choose “Edit Plan” or click the respective icon on the right.
Type the name of the Focus plan (for editing existing plans, the name shows up here) then hit “Next”
You can skip the Websites page this time since we will be blocking browsers (which are applications) instead of websites. Hit “Next” to go to the Application Page (3/6). Click “Add”.
The Adding Application Targets window will show up.
In the Adding Application Targets window you can choose from the below:
- Processes – A list of all running Application processes.
- Installed – A list of installed Applications that appear on your Windows Start menu.
- Windows – A list of Applications that are open and have a visible Window now.
- Custom – For entering custom Application targets.
Select the Applications you want to add to the list. See the next sections for specific guidelines for common browsers.
Note: the following methods for blocking can be used on other browsers. You determine which one is best suited for you.
For Internet Explorer, use the Windows tab and select Internet Explorer from the list. Select Process Name from the Type dropdown:
For Firefox, use the Installed tab and select Firefox in the list. Choose Application Name from the Type dropdown:
For Microsoft Edge, use the Windows tab and select Microsoft Edge in the list. Choose Window Title from the Type dropdown:
For Google Chrome, use the Installed tab and select Google Chrome in the list. Choose Application Name from the Type dropdown:
This time, Let’s use the Custom tab to block the Tor Browser. In the Custom tab, type in “Tor Browser” (without the quotes) and set the type to “Application Name”
Finishing the Plan
Go through the rest of the wizard following your own preferences. Once finished, click “Done” to save your Focus plan.
And you’re all set! You can use any of the methods stated above to block other browsers not mentioned. Whichever method you choose depends entirely on you.