AdGuard for Windows version 7.5

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Hi, Adguard is the best, I have it installed though I use VPNs, when I do not use my VPNs I have the Adguard DNS enabled, it is really rock solid software.
I have used it only in browsers in the past, but this month 1/10-20 I decided to purchase the Adguard App, it works wonders for you.
I am really impressed.:):love:
 
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Does anyone use AdGuard Home? I installed it on my laptop as a service. I am really surprised that it was so easier to install. I don't think anyone would need to use NextDNS on Windows. Also it supports all protocols DoT, DoH & DNScrypt. Although I am using NextDNS along with AdGuard Home because it is only DNS provider which have fastest resolving time other than Google at my location. Best thing is that you can use any provider which is the fastest and add filters to make it like NextDNS. On Android, with mobile data on, NextDNS is the only option.
 

JasonUK

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Taking AdGuard for WIndows for a trial run having previously been using UBO & AdGuard AdBlocker extension but have a few questions about the DNS module. (I don't use anything like NextDNS currently).

Is there any merit to enabling the DNS setting within AdGuard for Windows and if so do you need to change any IPv4 & 6 settings on your network adapter? AdGuard for Windows doesn't prompt you to but if you choose AdGuard's AdGuard DNS product on their website it does.

Also if you do enable the DNS setting in AdGuard for Windows, choose say the AdGuard DNS option and also add the AdGuardDNS filter list do you still keep AdGuard Base filter enabled too (ie are they complimentary)?
 
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Jan Willy

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Also if you do enable the DNS setting in AdGuard for Windows, choose say the AdGuard DNS option and also add the AdGuardDNS filter list do you still keep AdGuard Base filter enabled too (ie are they complimentary)?
Explanation from AdGuard Ad Filters | AdGuard Knowledgebase
DNS filter — composed of several other filters (AdGuard Base filter, Social media filter, Spyware filter, Mobile ads filter, EasyList and EasyPrivacy) and simplified specifically to be better compatible with DNS-level ad blocking. This filter is used by AdGuard DNS servers to block ads and tracking.
 

JasonUK

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Another question for experienced AdGuard for Windows (or other DNS-level software) users again on the subject of DNS Filtering... if you use AdGuard DNS it defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS but in AdGuard's knowledgebase they also mention DNSCrypt which is another of the options. Would you recommend using instead of DNS-over-HTTPS? Any thoughts/views welcomed :)
 
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I'm testing my configs now. Here's a particularly nasty ad that appears to be Facebook-derived and I can't seem to get rid of it. Tried: the element blocker (AG Browser Assistant has one), turning on/off various lists, enabling the default anti-Facebook list. It disappears w/the Element Blocker but returns when the page is refreshed.

Browser is Edge with the Strict protocol enabled. Anyone know about this one? If not, I guess I can submit it to the AdGuard team. Scroll down to the end of the article to locate the ad:

What to Know About Timing and Distribution of Coronavirus Vaccines | National News | US News

Snip of the ad:
usnwp ad.PNG

Snip of the ad using the Blocker.
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Oh and Cloudflare DNS w/DOH enabled. It's subject to change tho' --like everything else on here.

Edit: writing my own rule to block the smartasset.com domain didn't work either. Several enabled lists already supposedly block Facebook's various tentacles. Hmm, I'll try submitting this to AdGuard and will update this post.
 
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I'm testing my configs now. Here's a particularly nasty ad that appears to be Facebook-derived and I can't seem to get rid of it. Tried: the element blocker (AG Browser Assistant has one), turning on/off various lists, enabling the default anti-Facebook list. It disappears w/the Element Blocker but returns when the page is refreshed.

Browser is Edge with the Strict protocol enabled. Anyone know about this one? If not, I guess I can submit it to the AdGuard team. Scroll down to the end of the article to locate the ad:

What to Know About Timing and Distribution of Coronavirus Vaccines | National News | US News

Snip of the ad:

Snip of the ad using the Blocker.

Oh and Cloudflare DNS w/DOH enabled. It's subject to change tho' --like everything else on here.

Edit: writing my own rule to block the smartasset.com domain didn't work either. Several enabled lists already supposedly block Facebook's various tentacles. Hmm, I'll try submitting this to AdGuard and will update this post.
I don't see any ad with uBO/Adguard extension. Report to the Adguard team.
 

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OK you guys don't see this specific ad? It's at the end of the article I linked above, below the author's name. The heading is "Compare Bank Accounts"--you don't see this? Look at the first snip to get an idea. Now, I'm really bewildered. Reinstated uBO just now and enabled/updated most of the default lists and it's still there. The Element Picker clears it but when I went to expand it to capture it completely, this happens:

smartassetblock.PNG

I've been tinkering with this thing off and on most of the day. :mad: I'll try again tomorrow, I guess. Maybe I am missing a blocklist that needs to be imported, I don't know.

Edit: I turned off another extension, Trace, and was able to get the ad fully expanded. Then, I used AG's Element Blocker again to remove the ad completely. It did, but if the page is refreshed, it's back again. Hmm, definitely a puzzle here. :unsure:

expanded ad usnwp.PNG
 
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OK you guys don't see this specific ad? It's at the end of the article I linked above, below the author's name. The heading is "Compare Bank Accounts"--you don't see this? Look at the first snip to get an idea. Now, I'm really bewildered. Reinstated uBO just now and enabled/updated most of the default lists and it's still there. The Element Picker clears it but when I went to expand it to capture it completely, this happens:


I've been tinkering with this thing off and on most of the day. :mad: I'll try again tomorrow, I guess. Maybe I am missing a blocklist that needs to be imported, I don't know.

Edit: I turned off another extension, Trace, and was able to get the ad fully expanded. Then, I used AG's Element Blocker again to remove the ad completely. It did, but if the page is refreshed, it's back again. Hmm, definitely a puzzle here. :unsure:

Still nothing
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Jan Willy

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Another question for experienced AdGuard for Windows (or other DNS-level software) users again on the subject of DNS Filtering... if you use AdGuard DNS it defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS but in AdGuard's knowledgebase they also mention DNSCrypt which is another of the options. Would you recommend using instead of DNS-over-HTTPS? Any thoughts/views welcomed :)
I'm not an expert in this area, but probably DNSCypt has an advantage regarding privacy. Quote from DNS filtering | AdGuard Knowledgebase:
'If you care about your online privacy, we strongly recommend using DNSCrypt as an important part of your defence suit.'
Maybe other MT-members can give more details about DNSCrypt.
 
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JasonUK

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I'm not an expert in this area, but probably DNSCypt has an advantage regarding privacy. Quote from DNS filtering | AdGuard Knowledgebase:
'If you care about your online privacy, we strongly recommend using DNSCrypt as an important part of your defence suit.'
Maybe other MT-members can give more details about DNSCrypt.
I'm leaning that way but on reading further this doesn't seem to be a widely accepted standard.. but as long as the DNS server AdGuard is communicating with does I don't suppose that's really a big issue?
 
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