easy and simple to setup, but i'll throw some screenshots for you
where you see "service" make sure you enable DNSCrypt service, if you want it all run in the background
then hover over "resolvers" tab
on the resolvers tab, you can either enable automatic mode (which picks the closest resolver for you) or you can manually click on which ever resolver you want, you can pick multiple resolvers. you'll see cloudflare resolver too.
i'm not on a high end pc, i'm running 4gb ram system. after having the dnscrypt service enabled, i noticed a slight performance drop, i mean slight, nothing major. infact you might not even notice it.
1: My IP Address - BrowserLeaks.com also make sure you've selected your network under "network cards", so mine is local area connection, yours will show grey, just click it until you see green
2: top right, you'll see settings icon, next to the smiley face
3: no changes needed on your router
1) The test worked (thank you!). But I have a problem. DNSCrypt is connecting to CloudFlare... but in England! So, I have a big delay in internet speed. Tomorrow I will google the issue, to learn how to configure DNSCrypt to use my nearest CloudFlare servers.
2) Sorry, I did not understand your answer. I know where "Advanced Settings" tab is located. I just asked you if I need to change something there.
I solved the CloudFlare England issue.
The problem was the IPV6 settings. It seems that IPV6, today works only with CloudFlare United Kingdom servers. I unchecked CloudFlare IPV6, left alone CloudFlare IPV4... and problem solved. In the future, having more demand for IPV6, I hope CloudFlare will have more IPV6 servers all over the world.
I also would like to add that I didn't see performance issues (RAM, CPU, internet speed etc).
So, my final conclusion is that DNSCrypt not only is great, but also in my opinion is very undervalued. In fact, I need to search why this tool is not a "must have" in every computer (It seems that DNSCrypt is abandoned by his Developer).
Thank you for your post talking about DNSCrypt.
I tested other DNS with filters, but their phishing/malware/ads etc blocker... are very bad.
I prefer the CloudFlare speed + browser add-ons/extensions blocking phishing/malware/ads. My choice combined with several privacy/security tweaks (FIP & Containers) and now DNSCrypt... it seems good enough for me.