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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

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    It's pretty rookie friendly. At its most basic you put the "out of the box" pi OS on an SD card, type in one Linux command copied from the website and then make an alteration to 1 setting on your router.

    You can then start to make more complicated if you want by adding blocklists and the like but you don't have to.
    Absolutely. And if you should run into difficulties, there is a wealth of advice on the Pi-hole community forums and of course here!

    If you buy a kit with the noobs software already on a microsd card, you could be up and running in an hour - and most of that is waiting for the operating system and the pi-hole software to download.

    (noobs is just a basic interface to allow you to choose which end operating system you want - you would need Raspbian - but all the details are on the pi-hole webite)
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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    If during the implementation of Pi-hole you hit any issue with your Windows 10 PC's , check out these articles for the various endpoints that services connect to, these lists coupled with the Pi-Hole Query Log should help you to work out what needs whitelisting:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...dows-endpoints

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...prise-editions

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...prise-editions

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Quick question, can this avoid ad blocking detection?

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Quote Originally Posted by TooNice View Post
    Quick question, can this avoid ad blocking detection?
    It has done for me. I never see the "please turn off your ad blocker" messages some sites use. I guess they poll the browser for certain plugins or behaviour but as the block is occurring after the requests leave the PC the site's don't notice.

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Has anyone tried running this in a VM? Is there any good reason not to?

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    Has anyone tried running this in a VM? Is there any good reason not to?
    It means your VM has to be on all the time - running it on a Pi means its pretty much fit and forget and they are lower power devices.
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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    It means your VM has to be on all the time - running it on a Pi means its pretty much fit and forget and they are lower power devices.
    This. It also means if you have an issue with either the VM or the host you lose DNS and everything associated with it.

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Yeah I have a server running 24x7 anyway so seems like it might be a quick way of spinning it up and see how I go. I might see if I can get it up and running over the weekend.

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Worth trying it on that, but for <£40 you can just put it on a Pi and forget about it!
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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    As I enjoy watching the world burn, I use a plug in which clicks on every ad it can find (obviously without disturbing me).

    Facebook has around 1,000 fake advert clicks currently.

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    As I enjoy watching the world burn, I use a plug in which clicks on every ad it can find (obviously without disturbing me).

    Facebook has around 1,000 fake advert clicks currently.
    I used to use one of those, ad nauseum?

    Websites do tend to notice it as an ad blocker though.

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

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    Worth trying it on that, but for <£40 you can just put it on a Pi and forget about it!
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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

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    You underestimate just how cheap I am Peter
    Obvoiusly cheaper than a Rasberry Pi
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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Just came across

    sb.scorecardresearch.com

    as a pi-holed link in the admin log. Not easy to find out much about it, but info here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...web-monitoring

    So another one well worth blocking, although in fairness to the parent company, they do say that they require any of their clients using web beacons should announce the fact and list how they are used. Whether clients comply of course, and whether that compliance is monitored is another matter of course.
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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    Has anyone tried running this in a VM? Is there any good reason not to?
    I've a reasonably low power Intel NUC running ESXi that runs this alongside a couple of other VMs. Works fine!

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    Re: Pi-Hole: Ad blocking at the network level

    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    Yeah I have a server running 24x7 anyway so seems like it might be a quick way of spinning it up and see how I go. I might see if I can get it up and running over the weekend.
    If you already have a VM Host running then i see no point why not. If you were standing up a host just to run Pi-hole from an energy point of view you would be better off with a Pi. I initially had it running in a Container on my NAS , just to make sure it worked as anticipated, but that meant the NAS disks never spun down so I moved it off on to a Pi which is affixed to the bottom of my desk.


    In other news, whilst browsing for something completely different I can across a different source of blocklists: https://energized.pro/ . The site has various lists, depending on your requirments, in various formats. The "domain list" variant seems to work fine with Pi-Hole.

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