Serious Discussion Has anyone done rigorous testing on anti-malware DNS services (Quad9, DNS0...)?

F

ForgottenSeer 97327

No, but various sources indicate that DNS0, QUAD9 are really good hassle free DNS services, with QUAD9 being stationed in Switserland may be having some advantage over a government supported (EU) DNS0 service (EU might censure something is feared by some). On two other good DNS services is also some critique. AdGuard DNS (free) and Next DNS (free) also do very well, but the first is Russian company with HQ in Cyprus and the latter needs an account. Not adding any judgement on this (Russian origin or Next needing an account to work well), but for some this might be an issue (therefore mentioning it).
 

silversurfer

Level 85
Verified
Honorary Member
Top Poster
Content Creator
Malware Hunter
Well-known
Aug 17, 2014
9,952
Yes, I am testing regularly a few fresh malware (exe) links or even others against well-known DNS services, ranking is the following most of time:
  1. DNS0.eu / NextDNS
  2. Quad9
  3. Cloudflare 1.1.1.2
  4. Adguard DNS
Note: I never tried Mullvad DNS but that is on my to-do list for next time ;)
 

Ink

Administrator
Verified
Staff Member
Well-known
Jan 8, 2011
22,389
These DNS providers can work hand-in-hand with Safe Browsing (Chrome) and SmartScreen (Edge) found in modern browsers to further boost passive protection.

Highly useful for mobile devices where a Real-time Antivirus isn't an option.
 

Moonhorse

Level 37
Verified
Top Poster
Content Creator
Well-known
May 29, 2018
2,600
Yes, I am testing regularly a few fresh malware (exe) links or even others against well-known DNS services, ranking is the following most of time:
  1. DNS0.eu / NextDNS
  2. Quad9
  3. Cloudflare 1.1.1.2
  4. Adguard DNS
Note: I never tried Mullvad DNS but that is on my to-do list for next time ;)
ControlD would be on top aswell
 

TairikuOkami

Level 35
Verified
Top Poster
Content Creator
Well-known
May 13, 2017
2,428
Last time I did a quick test:

10/10 - NextDNS
05/10 - ControlID
04/10 - Cloudflare
02/10 - OpenDNS
00/10 - Quad9
00/10 - CleanBrowsing
00/10 - Adguard
00/10 - DNS0

Cloudflare got a security version since then, it definitively performs better than Quad9. ControlID supposedly updated NRDs and so did Adguard.
 

About us

  • MalwareTips is a community-driven platform providing the latest information and resources on malware and cyber threats. Our team of experienced professionals and passionate volunteers work to keep the internet safe and secure. We provide accurate, up-to-date information and strive to build a strong and supportive community dedicated to cybersecurity.

User Menu

Follow us

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to know first about the latest cybersecurity incidents and malware threats.

Top