5 Methods to Bypass Blocked Sites

Philip Bates 22-02-2017

You’re at work or school, but you want to check on Facebook, or watch something on YouTube. It’s blocked. Surprise, surprise.


We’ve all been faced with it, and subsequently got annoyed.

Now, you’ve two options: be productive instead, or try and bypass the filter. Let’s face it, most of us would choose the latter, particularly if you need to view Twitter for research purposes (wink, wink). But how would you do that? Here are some of your options…

1. Use a VPN

Your best bet is using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). You’ve probably heard a bit about them, but they’re not as complicated as they initially sound.

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VPNs are best known for adding a much-needed layer of security and privacy using encryption — that’s useful if you’re entering sensitive information and are worried about hackers, or, as in this case, bypassing blocks. These networks connect you to a website via an encrypted “tunnel” What A VPN Tunnel Is & How To Set One Up Read More , which scrambles data travelling through it either way. Though it’s certainly not fool-proof, you can generally rely on this level of encryption How Does Encryption Work, and Is It Really Safe? Read More .


Similarly, this is a dependable way of visiting blocked sites, but can require a bit of effort to install. The TOR browser, however, is easy to download and run. The reason it works is because any software trying to keep an eye on your browsing instead only sees that you’re using a VPN. Without considerable work, no one will be able to monitor URLs: cybercriminals might put in the effort to view your data, but it’s doubtful your employer or educational institution ever will.

Keep in mind that a VPN is also handy for accessing region-blocked media on your smartphone How to Access Region-Blocked Media on Android Here are several methods to access region-blocked content on Android, including services like Manga Rock and Webtoon. Read More .

2. Bypass Firewalls Using Proxies

Most treat VPNs and proxy servers as interchangeable, but the latter lacks the encryption software that protects a lot of your data. That’s not to say it’s useless or a massive threat to your privacy though! Quite the opposite in fact: proxies hide your Internet Provider (IP) address — which anyone can trace back to your computer How to Trace an IP Address to a PC & How to Find Your Own Want to see the IP address of your computer? Perhaps you want to discover where another computer is situated? Various free tools are available that tell you more about a computer an its IP address. Read More — making your searches anonymous by instead displaying the proxy’s IP.

There are literally thousands of proxy sites on the web to help you bypass firewalls 6 Ways to Unblock Websites From Behind a Firewall Need to know how to unblock websites? Here are several methods you can use. One of them is bound to work! Read More . There are also sites that list proxy servers. Do a quick search online. You’ll be bombarded with free services, and, of course, plenty of paid-for ones. The former should be acceptable if you’re just bypassing a site now and then, but if you need a proxy on a regular basis, and are looking for something more secure (and anonymous), consider whether it’s worth paying.


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Don’t be put off. It’s not very difficult to set up a proxy server, no matter what browser you’re using, to get past restrictions. Read our introduction to proxy servers What Is a Proxy Server? Heard the term "proxy server" but have no idea what it means? Here's how a proxy can help beat region blocking and more. Read More for more info.

3. UltraSurf

This is a seriously popular tool for bypassing blocked websites — except you’ll initially be put off because it uses Internet Explorer as default. That’s in its basic form, with no installation required, so download the EXE file onto a USB drive and run it whenever you need it.

It will open Internet Explorer with the UltraSurf homepage. From there, the web is your oyster.


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Fortunately, you can use it on most browsers; notably, an add-on for Chrome and Firefox, but you can manually install it elsewhere. Though it’s only available on Windows right now, Mac and Linux trials are taking place.

The good thing is, it’s fast, because it routes you through a possible three servers so you get highly reliable speeds. You might initially be put off using Internet Explorer, but this, too, can be a benefit, as it’s what you have on IT lockdown. Therefore, it doesn’t look suspicious and you don’t need to have two different browsers open at the same time. Once you close UltraSurf, it erases your history and cookies.

Its main purpose is altruistic. UltraSurf was developed to get around the so-called Great Firewall of China How To Quickly Check If Your Site Is Visible Behind The Great Firewall Of China The Great Firewall of China, officially known as the Golden Shield project, uses a variety of methods to block foreign websites that the Chinese government doesn’t like. The Chinese government doesn’t publish a list of... Read More . However, many have complained about pop-up ads, and some security suites take issue with it. You also have to make sure you’re using the authentic version: otherwise, “exe” files are often used by hackers to add malware to your device.


4. Remote Access

The idea of remote access might have negative connotations — either you immediately think of hackers, or you recall the last time you’ve had to phone a computer helpline to get someone else to sort out an infuriating PC problem.

But it’s not all bad.

Essentially, remote access is taking control How to Use Remote Access Efficiently, Safely & Securely Read More of your computer without actually sitting in front of it. To do so, you’ll need to download a handy bit of software: it doesn’t really matter whether you use popular remote connectivity programs like LogMeIn, or opt for one of the lesser-known ones 12 Excellent, Free Screen Sharing & Remote Access Tools You Haven't Heard Of Yet Thanks to remote access, you can see and control screens from anywhere. This can save time and confusion when you are in a meeting or want to help someone. Keep these screen sharing tools close... Read More .

The important thing is that you can now browse the internet at your leisure — by using your own computer remotely!

It might lag a bit, but it works brilliantly!

Of course, you’re then not confined solely to the web; you can use remote access to use any software on your computer, too.

5. Use RSS Feeds

There used to be a great way of getting any web page direct to your email address: in response to a URL in a subject line, WebToMail emailed you the contents of a webpage.

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Sadly, that no longer works. Fortunately, you can still get articles and the like in your Inbox using RSS feeds What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? Read More . These are syndicated editions of pieces regularly collated and distributed to email addresses and RSS Readers, saving users the time spent visiting individual sites. It also affords some privacy by not forcing them into subscribing to email newsletters.

Not every site has one, but that’s okay because you can easily create one How to Turn Any Website into an RSS Feed Many websites do not offer RSS feeds, but there's still an easy way to get automatic notifications whenever a site updates! Read More !

There are limitations, naturally — you won’t be able to scour YouTube, for example. Still, you definitely shouldn’t discount the usefulness of these feeds for other sites you frequent but don’t have access to otherwise.

How Do You Bypass Restrictions?

You can also consider using PirateBrowser to access blocked sites 3 Shocking Reasons to Use PirateBrowser in Your Country The PirateBrowser may seem like a pointless piece of promotion for the Pirate Bay, but it can help dodge censorship and more. Read More in a pinch. It’s capable, but not completely secure. Don’t forget: you’ll likely get in a heap of trouble if you’re caught bypassing a block. That could mean a warning or monitoring at work, or expulsion from class or detention if you bypass a school firewall How to Bypass a School Firewall: Tips and Warnings Need to know how to bypass a school firewall? It's probably not a good idea, but here are several methods to try if you're desperate. Read More .

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  1. Mike
    March 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I have friends on the dark net, they can get me anywhere I want to go.

  2. A41202813GMAIL
    February 28, 2017 at 6:33 am

    ( MUO Changed The Comments GUI... Again )

    Most Of The Times, CHROME Clone Browsers Completely Block Sites With HTTPS Issues - On The Other Hand...

    ...FF Warns You, But Lets You Proceed - And That Should Be The Correct Approach For Every Damn Browser Out There...

    ...Warn Me, But Let Me Be Responsible For My Own Freaking Browsing.


    ( End Of Multiple Rant )

    • Philip Bates
      April 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      I absolutely agree. It's really infuriating, and unnecessary. Everyone should be responsible for their own online activities, as long as they're given all the correct information they need.

      • A41202813GMAIL
        August 18, 2017 at 5:17 am

        Sorry, Only Saw Your Post Now.

        Thank You For Responding.

  3. Moinulhaqq
    February 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Best way I know of is using tor browser. Free , fast and secure. No hassle.

  4. Charles Crisham
    February 23, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Set up a VPN on your home computer I have it on my network and always use it.

  5. Keith
    February 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I use a VPN service that provides IPs with an autonomous system number (ASN), and I've had websites like deny access because of that. How do you get around THAT without disconnecting from the VPN??

  6. God'shacks
    March 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    lol i hacked my schools wifi and unblocked youtube for every one lol

    • CommandoNando
      May 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      how? help me please

    • Luna Moonjoy
      November 16, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      Dude, please tell me how you did that. I want Facebook, and I can’t download anything onto my iPad. I tried google translate, but they got me on that. They blocked google translate. And most of what I want to search up is blocked too. Like if I search up ‘bypass’ it blocks it. I’m So infuriated

  7. Sam
    January 6, 2010 at 3:16 am


    there's this stupid WiFi in my college that blocks all sorts of downloads and stuff like limewire,bittorrent,vdownloader etc. Is there any way i could get through these. Any help would be appreciated...


  8. Ganz
    December 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm


    currently i am located in China ... Here YouTube is blocked...
    I am planning to go for ultrasurf. Can anyone tell me will it works not??? and is there any risk behind it?

  9. bloodnthirst79
    November 27, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I've tried XeroBank and UltraSurf. XeroBank is a bit 'heavy', wonder if they'll come up with a 'lite' version? But surfing wasn't entirely smooth.

    UltraSurf installed okay but it didn't work for me and I couldn't figure out what the problem was.

    I'm now on Freedur and I must admit it's one of the best I've tried so far, I finally get to access block sites and get to surf them without those pesky ads.

  10. Duncan
    November 23, 2009 at 11:06 pm

  11. Duncan
    November 23, 2009 at 11:05 pm and

  12. monkn
    November 12, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Can someone send me the latest proxy list from anywhere??

  13. grg m
    October 18, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    i just download a new browser

  14. sem
    October 13, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Out of the listed methods I would have to say that UltraSurf has been very effective for me. Never tried XeroBank because I have never really had to. I recommend UltraSurf to anyone out there having difficulty.

  15. Frenchbob
    September 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm


    Where do you think you are, a bit torrent website?! Grow up and try to conduct yourself with some manners.


  16. Titanium Pen
    August 27, 2009 at 2:53 am

    UltraSurf is fine for me. Try Jon Do. Don't know the exact name though, but the program is extremely slow.

  17. Jake
    August 18, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Hey I'm running off of a highschool Laptop and A Lot of things are blocked that don't make sense. I have been reading some of the reviews and so far that UltraSurf looks best, but there is a catch. One guy said that it came up as a trojan virus =/, which is not good because if they see aything like hat on a server they can tract who was using it. I can bypass blocks with a pass code. Any1 know where to get a good code gernerator/guesser?

  18. alexsimons218
    June 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    try, it is bloked for me in perris and riverside but it might work for you.

    • Jake
      August 18, 2009 at 8:27 am

      That site does not exist according to Internet Explorer... hmmm

  19. Kim
    June 6, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I work at a bank and all the suggestions here are blocked... am I out of luck because of the high security here at the bank?

  20. Andrew P.
    June 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    For those situations where you're "under IT lockdown" and can't use anything other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, there may be alternatives -- Firefox or Mozilla SeaMonkey equipped with the User Agent Switcher add-on. It comes with several profiles, but you can add your own. It makes the server think your browser is Internet Explorer, Opera, or whatever and can make it think you're running on Vista when you're really running on Linux. I haven't tried to use it to get through a company firewall, but I don't see why it shouldn't work.

  21. pari
    May 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

    our college wi-fi has blocked songs,social sites etc.we cant access orkut,facebook etc.please tell me the proxy software for this.earlier we used to run it thru ultrasurf but now that also doesn't works.......

  22. rmck
    May 19, 2009 at 5:53 am

    im on a school computer and alot of sites are blocked. Hotmail, google, etc... I tried to a few proxies but the are all blocked so far. Anyone know any good ones that might work? will certainly download that ultrasurf when i get home.

  23. Anelly
    March 11, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I read somewhere that it's possible to access blocked websites using Google translator. I really don't know if this is possible because i did not tried but seems interesting. I'm using IP Privacy and works fine for me.

  24. Juan F
    March 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    hi, im an exchange student and where im staying my "parents" have almost every webpage blocked... so xerobank or ultrasurf can work, correct ?

    February 13, 2009 at 5:02 am

    im not able to acess orkut through wifi of our university as it has been blocked by our it team .IS there any way through which i can acess it .....??

  26. Forte
    January 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I've recently noticed that UltraSurf will not let me access some sites that require login forms to work.

    I'm not sure if the sites have been modified to block proxies, but it works with some web based proxies.

    Until recently the sites had worked. Anyone else having this problem?

  27. tyler
    January 4, 2009 at 1:32 am

    My problem is different,
    In my office there are 2 common internet computers and other computers are in LAN but they dont have internet connection or in other way the net connections is blocked in other connection.
    Now the good part is, the internet PC is in LAN with other computers.
    Is there any way to install any software which can use internet connection from that common PC and i can browse internet from my computer ??

    • jun
      January 5, 2009 at 1:49 am

      these methods are all useless, since they are all blocked by our network provider.

  28. Big Dave
    December 23, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Ultrasurf came up as a Trojan on my anti-virus software - I would not recommend using it.

  29. Rebecca
    December 8, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I access all my blocked sites at work via google reader. I get an rss feed to a friend's myspace blog or facebook status updates, click on the link, and sign in. Most proxy sites are blocked here, but google reader never fails.

  30. lmanpig
    December 7, 2008 at 6:21 am

    I recommend Freegate, which resembles Ultrasurf, but in my case, I find it a little faster.

  31. youthworker
    December 7, 2008 at 5:50 am

    My college blocks youtube (and other sites) via Internet Explorer, but they haven't blocked iTunes ability to view video.

  32. krishna
    December 7, 2008 at 5:42 am

    I found ultrasurf interesting. I used it on firefox but unable to open some of the websites and can't even logged into the website.
    Is there any solution for that?

  33. Frenchbob
    December 7, 2008 at 5:07 am


    Great website, I'm hooked! I live in France and would love to be able to access BBC i Player and ITV etc. Can this stuff help? Thanks in advance.


    • Frenchbob
      December 7, 2008 at 7:07 am

      Re my previous question, they are obviously very smart at the BBC as it seems they use some sophisticated software that recognises UK IP addresses. So, when I attempt to view it via UltraSurf I get message that basically as it can't recognise my IP I am blocked and to contact my ISP! Didn't think it would be possible, never mind. I'll keep UltraSurf on the PC for a while see how it goes.



    • Aibek
      December 7, 2008 at 11:21 am

      Did you try connecting via some UK based proxy server. I think Hotspot Shield shold work, though I never heard anyone using it for BBC iPlayer. Maybe you can be the first one :-), let us know how it works out.

      • Frenchbob
        December 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm

        Hi Aibek,

        I have read a little about proxies, will need to do more research. Are some of them a bit dodgy, as all my info goes via the proxy? Will also look at Hotspot Shield & let you know, although it doesn't look good for me. BBC say they are currently looking at an International version although I imagine it will be somewhat restricted. TV here in France really is dire!!



        • Aibek
          December 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm


          If you're going to look for proxies I recommend PrimeProxies

          Now, as you have mentioned when using proxy server ur info pass through some other server and you don't really know how safe/secure it is. What I would do in your case is only use proxy when watching BBC iPlayer. If you have stuff like gmail opened then better close it (log out) before switching to proxy

        • Frenchbob
          December 9, 2008 at 12:35 pm

          Hi Aibek,

          No luck with any of those mentioned, it seems that BBC iPlayer will only let you in if your ISP's IP addresses are on their list of UK only providers. I tried a few different proxies, maybe I should keep trying more until perhaps one gets through?



  34. Asif
    December 7, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Hotspotshield anchorfree a very good service. dont miss it out and its free

    • phani
      April 7, 2009 at 9:23 am

      please say me the site to open unblocked sites

      • Zenairo
        April 29, 2009 at 9:18 am

        phani, sorry to flame but that isnt really a proper sentence. if you mean proxies then just search "fresh new proxies" on google and click the first link to the google group. it has lists of about 10-20 new proxies every day.

        is it just me or are most of the people here new to english?

        • DragonKyro
          December 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

          94% of the internet seems like their new to English, I'm not surprised there are people on MUO with such qualities.

  35. prem godara
    December 7, 2008 at 4:26 am

    There are two more ways by which we can bypass the blocked sites
    1) Use cached pages in google search results.
    2) Use google translate option by specifying the URL in the "Translate Web Page" text box.

    • Isipprell
      April 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Can you please explain exactly how to use google translate.

  36. gregorylent
    December 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    your site is undreadable, the gray is way too dark .. especially with a glossy screen .. increase the contrast please .

    • Aibek
      December 7, 2008 at 11:18 am

      that happens to very few people, but unfortunately we can't replicate the problem on our end. No worries, we are working on the new design which should be out by the end of the week.


    • HAKEEM
      June 9, 2009 at 3:43 am

      Hey gregorylent , get a pair of glasses or change your brower coz everything looks alright to me.

  37. Khanxay
    December 6, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I love UltraSurf. I used it all the time in high school last year.

    I just might have a look at the browser since I've been playing with different browsers lately. (Iron, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc)

    • Ben
      December 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm

      XeroBank is pretty much FF portable but with some security and privacy add-ons.

    • ashlei
      September 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      damnit i wish i knew cause i would be on that and not this

  38. nathan kline
    December 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    At my college they have a public wifi spot but surfing is filtered and IM and third party email are blocked. My prefered method is to use ssh to my web server (or a home Linux server) and just add "-D ####" to create a socks proxy on the port that you specify with ####. Pick a port that is available and then set your browser to use it and all your traffic is not only unfiltered, but also encrypted through the ssh session.

    • Chris
      July 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      I don't see how any of these could work in a work environment, with proper policies in place. Firstly users are not allowed to install programs or access USB sticks alter boot sequence etc. Plus in many cases executable files are forbidden to run from unknown locations and you cannot download exe files from the net or CD, USB without admin rights. Linux and MacOS are far more optimised in their user rights management so I won't even touch those.

  39. kaly
    December 6, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Also see

    • prem godara
      December 7, 2008 at 3:55 am

      We can even use google cached pages if the site and blocked. One another way is to use google translate option by specifying the URL in the "Translate a web page" text box.