A review of Pi-Hole ad blocker after using for a week
Pi-Hole is a DNS sink server which blocks ads and malware based on the DNS resolution. It is light on resources and can be installed in Raspberry Pi. By default; it installs Lighttpd. If you use Nginx, you need to change settings as both servers can’t run on the same port.
It allows to select a DNS upstream from a bunch of DNS servers. The DNS queries are cached and served from the cache next time.
Here is the interface of Pi-Hole
The red tile on the right side shows a number of block sites.
Luckily, there are people at
firebog who constantly update the hosts lists. Also, the
forumfor Pi-Hole has great resources and discussion about hosts lists. For blocking sites, You need to enter the URL of the hosts file in the
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/hosts https://mirror1.malwaredomains.com/files/justdomains http://sysctl.org/cameleon/hosts https://zeustracker.abuse.ch/blocklist.php?download=domainblocklist https://s3.amazonaws.com/lists.disconnect.me/simple_tracking.txt https://s3.amazonaws.com/lists.disconnect.me/simple_ad.txt https://hosts-file.net/ad_servers.txt https://blocklist.site/app/dl/fakenews https://blocklist.site/app/dl/porn https://blocklist.site/app/dl/proxy https://raw.githubusercontent.com/crazy-max/WindowsSpyBlocker/master/data/hosts/spy.txt https://hosts-file.net/grm.txt https://reddestdream.github.io/Projects/MinimalHosts/etc/MinimalHostsBlocker/minimalhosts https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/data/KADhosts/hosts https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/data/add.Spam/hosts https://v.firebog.net/hosts/static/w3kbl.txt https://adaway.org/hosts.txt https://v.firebog.net/hosts/AdguardDNS.txt https://raw.githubusercontent.com/anudeepND/blacklist/master/adservers.txt https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Easylist.txt https://pgl.yoyo.org/adservers/serverlist.php?hostformat=hosts;showintro=0 https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/data/UncheckyAds/hosts https://www.squidblacklist.org/downloads/dg-ads.acl https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Easyprivacy.txt https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Prigent-Ads.txt https://gitlab.com/quidsup/notrack-blocklists/raw/master/notrack-blocklist.txt https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/data/add.2o7Net/hosts https://s3.amazonaws.com/lists.disconnect.me/simple_malvertising.txt https://hosts-file.net/exp.txt https://hosts-file.net/emd.txt https://hosts-file.net/psh.txt https://mirror.cedia.org.ec/malwaredomains/immortal_domains.txt https://www.malwaredomainlist.com/hostslist/hosts.txt https://bitbucket.org/ethanr/dns-blacklists/raw/8575c9f96e5b4a1308f2f12394abd86d0927a4a0/bad_lists/Mandiant_APT1_Report_Appendix_D.txt https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Prigent-Malware.txt https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Prigent-Phishing.txt https://gitlab.com/quidsup/notrack-blocklists/raw/master/notrack-malware.txt https://ransomwaretracker.abuse.ch/downloads/RW_DOMBL.txt https://ransomwaretracker.abuse.ch/downloads/CW_C2_DOMBL.txt https://ransomwaretracker.abuse.ch/downloads/LY_C2_DOMBL.txt https://ransomwaretracker.abuse.ch/downloads/TC_C2_DOMBL.txt https://ransomwaretracker.abuse.ch/downloads/TL_C2_DOMBL.txt https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Shalla-mal.txt https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/data/add.Risk/hosts https://www.squidblacklist.org/downloads/dg-malicious.acl https://zerodot1.gitlab.io/CoinBlockerLists/hosts
You can also build your custom block list and paste the URL in the same settings.
The total blocked domain are
It slowed Raspberry Pi 3B+ a bit. The Raspberry Pi 3B+ is also serving a private wiki which takes time to serve pages.
Needs UBlock for a perfect Solution
Pi-Hole a DNS based blocker so websites serving ads from the same host are not blocked. Honestly, I use it to be safe from malware, fake news, and ransom ware websites. It serves its purpose well.
Rest, UBlock completes the need for a per site filter and blocker.
well, I was not astonished to see Microsoft on the top of blocked list. It sent the highest number of requests.
Snapdeal's android app went on a connection request spree as it could not connect its home server. It sent
4089 requests within a couple of hours.
Overall, Pi-Hole is actively developed and is stable to use.
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