Not blocking ADs


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Expected Behaviour:

Delete all AD’s and block the websites listed in blacklist only.

Actual Behaviour:

It never blocks ADs, for example this website (, you can see ads all over the webpage but when I use chrome extensions such as ADBlock or Ublock, they are removed. PiHole won’t remove the ADs for a lot of sites, and it just randomly blocks my access from a lot of websites, while I’m surfing the internet, to access the websites, I must keep adding the websites I want to access one by one in the whitelist. It’s annoying.

Debug Token:

::: Beginning Pi-hole debug at Tue Oct 24 20:03:03 UTC 2017!
::: This process collects information from your Pi-hole, and optionally uploads
::: it to a unique and random directory on
::: NOTE: All log files auto-delete after 48 hours and ONLY the Pi-hole developers
::: can access your data via the given token. We have taken these extra steps to
::: secure your data and will work to further reduce any personal information gathered.
::: Please read and note any issues, and follow any directions advised during this process.
::: —= Detecting Installed Package Versions:
::: Pi-hole: v3.1.4 (master:v3.1.4-0-gb0ecedd)
::: Pi-hole Dashboard: v3.1 (master:v3.1-0-gf204b71)
::: lighttpd/1.4.45
::: PHP 7.0.19-1 (cli) (built: May 11 2017 14:04:47) ( NTS )
::: —= Detecting existence of /etc/pihole/setupVars.conf:
::: File exists, parsing…done and was successfully sourced
::: —= Detecting installed OS Distribution
::: —= Checking processor variety
::: —= Checking IPv6 Stack
::: IPv6 addresses located on eth0
::: No gateway detected.
::: —= Checking IPv4 Stack
::: IPv4 addresses located on eth0
::: Pinging default IPv4 gateway: ::: Gateway responded.
::: Pinging Internet via IPv4: ::: Query responded.
::: —= Daemon Process Information
::: Checking http port for lighttpd listener.
::: Correctly configured.
::: —= Daemon Process Information
::: Checking domain port for dnsmasq listener.
::: Correctly configured.
::: —= Daemon Process Information
::: Checking 4711 port for pihole-FTL listener.
::: Correctly configured.
::: —= Processes Check
::: Logging status of lighttpd, dnsmasq and pihole-FTL…
::: —= Resolver Functions Check (IPv4)
::: —= Resolver Functions Check (IPv6)
::: Checking for necessary lighttpd files.
::: —= Detecting existence of /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf:
::: File exists, parsing…done
::: —= Detecting existence of /var/log/lighttpd/error.log:
::: File exists, parsing…done
::: —= Detecting existence of /etc/dnsmasq.conf:
::: File exists, parsing…done
::: —= Detecting contents of /etc/dnsmasq.d/*:
::: —= File /etc/dnsmasq.d/01-pihole.conf found
::: Parsing…done
::: —= File /etc/dnsmasq.d/README found
::: Parsing…done
::: —= Detecting existence of /etc/pihole/whitelist.txt:
::: File exists, parsing…done
::: —= Detecting existence of /etc/pihole/blacklist.txt:
::: File exists, parsing…done
::: —= Detecting existence of /etc/pihole/adlists.list:
::: File exists, parsing…done
::: —= Analyzing gravity.list
::: —= Analyzing pihole.log
::: —= Analyzing pihole-FTL.log
::: --= User Action Required =–
::: Try loading a site that you are having trouble with now from a client web browser…
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Ok, I’m getting the same issue. I certainly don’t mean to hijack the tread, but since it’s not blocking ads on either, I thought I’d throw my debug token in as well.


I’ve just moved my pi from one place to another (completely different residence).


If you run Windows and AVAST this may help by @marcdraco63


No Avast here for me. Just me & my Mac.


I’m not running AVAST.


Could you ask on a Mac discussion forums about DNS issues Linking or explain what it does and blocks?

May I ask which Block Lists you are using?

The router configuration in important, see. You also have to reboot or renew IP leases on devices.


I’m using this Block List:

If anyone can share their PiHole settings/Block Lists, I’ll appreciate it, would be very helpful.



You are Welcome to try 1, 2 and 5 at you own risk one at a time to see if it helps.

List 3 blocks many common and useful domains, I use it when I run my YaCy Search Engine.


It worked perfectly! Except when I ran List 1, I liked it except it blocked a game my kids play called Roblox. Is there a way you can edit that list and make the website ( to work and keep everything else the same? That’s the only disadvantage.

Thank you very much!


Try unticking this list or adding your site to the whitelist /admin/list.php?l=white

I don’t use it unless I am crawling sites with a Yacy search engine, you should be able to engage the list allhosts.


I don’t have any problems with Yacy list, whenever I untick “Allhosts” list, roblox works… but when I keep it checked, the website doesn’t work at all. So my issue with “allhosts” list, I like that list but only if you could find any workaround for roblox.

Thank you by the way! :slight_smile:


Thanks for the reply.

May I ask did you whitelist roblox?
Depending on your total numbers on the lists, I have noticed a little delay before the site is unblocked and even had to close and open a new tab to try again. Minor issue. I just tried it and the TLS handshake has a little delay. I have set the cache on FireFox to zero 0.


I’m using Google Chrome, and I already whitelisted ( & but the issue was the same. However, I just tried it now with all lists checked, it’s working. I’ll assume you fixed something or it truly takes time.

Thank u man!