But what I really need is an application that will let me specify who, out of know trackers that I want to block. I there a program like that for opensuse that works really good and is easy for a novice to use?
I don’t know of an app that’s specifically written for managing the hosts file since the file format is really simple - it’s just:
220.127.116.11 hostname hostname1 hostname2 hostname3
Where “18.104.22.168” is the IP address for the hostnames. For blocking hosts, you just set it to 127.0.0.1.
It is an “always on” operation, though - you either use the hosts file or you don’t; you can’t say “sometimes I want these to resolve, and sometimes I want them to not resolve”. To do that, you probably want to look at using a proxy server instead - something like Privoxy can be good to use. I run an open firmware on my router, and use an ad-blocking addon for it that applies a similar concept (it returns “not found” for blocked DNS entries).
Other approaches would be to use tools like AdBlock Pro (a browser extension) or other similar extensions in the browser. I typically deploy multiple solutions, so I don’t see a lot of ads or unwanted content - and none of them require running scripts on my systems.
That’s a good idea, mis-spell and re-spell. I wonder why my internet is so much faster by blocking all of those DNS’es? Chrome won’t update now. But I think I can try to locate the DNS that is getting blocked so that I can let Chrome update.
I haven’t applied the big super list to my opensuse host file, only the windows 10 hard drive has Instagram blocked. I can’t even use firefox, only edge, since something like 1,000,000 DNSes are blocked.
I was hoping to find a Yast app that would help me research the DNSes a little, and help me get some peer feedback about how these websites are acting maliciously, and then using a GUI empower me to find new great websites with a white list feature.
I am just learning about all this, so I totally understand why it would be a mistake to just install that script, when I could rather, enjoy the learning process, and examine the blacklist (it’s 750,000) entries long and examine the whitelist myself. I might try to make my own app!
I tried to install Umatrix but I can’t do anything in Chrome right now because I’m not signed in and Chrome keeps notifying me that Chrome is out of date. I am steering away from google at the moment so I might just strop using Chrome all together for a while on Opensuse. I will try Chromium. I have a Pixel book, that I love, it’s like a chrome-book on sterroids that I can try Umatrix on later.
Because you’re limiting outbound connection attempts by preventing address lookups from succeeding.
Blocking 22.214.171.124 won’t prevent Youtube from working - something else is going on there. You’ll probably want to start a separate topic on that issue - that’s very likely not a DNS/name resolution issue.