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Stop almost all YouTube and internet ads in less than 30 minutes using a Squid Proxy Server

October 17, 2015 Leave a comment

no andsI use Adblock or Adblock Plus in all my web browsers so I hardly ever see an ad but when I’m using the web however when I (or the family) use Apple, Android or XBox devices to watch youtube content online or browse the internet I’m constantly reminded how annoying ads actually are.

Someone in my family (not me) was trying to watch Channel 10 catchup TV today day and before they could start watching the show they had to sit through 2 ads and then there were more ads (up to 4-5 ads at a time) throughout the broadcast as well.

That is a rubbish experience & I knew I could make it better.

I’d been putting it off for a long while – mostly due to time constraints – but when I actually focused on enabling ad blocking via my Squid proxy it took less than 30 minutes to block approx 95% of all ads supported by adblock plus including youtube, google, etc and for right now – my family is happy that they can watch Channel 10 catchup TV without any ads & with no other counter measures in place approx 95% of all web based ads (including youtube ads on apple devices etc)  have been blocked on local apple devices using the proxy.

If (like me) you already have a Squid server running – I highly recommend – https://calomel.org/squid_adservers.html – just make sure you put their recommendations at the top of your squid.conf file – otherwise it didn’t work for me.  I also had to add a few additional domains to the ad_block.txt file to block some of the local advertising.

The main reason I’m excited about this is that I can apply a single rule to ignore a new ad server and have it apply across all the devices on my local network that didn’t have any adblocking capability previously.

I’m also aware that there are many ways to circumvent this this type of blocking – however – until then – everyone on my lan is enjoying ad free browsing.

I’m thinking about proving a Raspberry Pi turnkey solution as a side project, would you be interested?

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