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satyr
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Icon 1 posted December 10, 2005 17:09      Profile for satyr   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I would recommend everyone to try the Pyrenean's DNSKong program. It's is a free, "non-setup" and small in lenght (280 KB) personal caching, filtering and blocking so-called psuedo-DNS server application for Windows, and I use it now for more than half a year. Its concept is quite similar to hosts-file blocking principle with many advantages. For a bit more detailed description, see this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNSKong where I wrote about DNSKong on Wikipedia (my nick is "Wayfarer")


The main program's principle is pretty straightforward, i.e. there are two basic configuraton files named.txt and pass.txt. The named.txt contains all the host-names that you don't want any contact with them, while pass.txt contains those entries that would be otherwise blocked, but you exclude them from blocking. There are many pre-set filters available to download in a packed taygas.zip file; the link is on DNSKong's home-site, however, and I also posted it below under "Few related links". DNSKong runs on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP. It is available as a zip archive or an installer, while the most current version of DNSKong is 1.43, released January 2, 2005.


DNSKong also supports filtering by the string only (filtering by only part of a full host-name), and further, it supports also the so-called "Proxy DNS feature", meaning that you can choose up to five preferred DNS servers (your ISP's Name Server IPs), and DNSKong will send each proxied IP your domain requests and use the first successful response. Finally, there is also another file called presets.txt (a cache of IPs and host-names), which contains the resolved IPs for the respective host-names to fasten the performance. DNSKong uses an internal memory structure for the cache and filters (a list of domain names along with the IP), and the presets are also stored in the same list. The cache is cleared each time you stop and start DNSKong.


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Also, there are two "modes" or "ways of usage" that are most commonly used. One mode is to block-all the DNS traffic with adding .com, .net, .org etc. into the named.txt file, except for those few sites that you visit on day-to-day basis, and you've added them to the pass.txt file, while another mode is to pass-all, except for those malicious strings or full host-names that you've added to the named.txt file. This first "block-all mode" might be exactly what you need, and also you can set DNSKong to "Hide" or "Hide on Start" so that the program is almost invisible.


Pyrenean main-site:

http://www.pyrenean.com
DNSKong home-page:

http://www.pyrenean.com/?page_value=-1

Introduction and Tips:

http://accs-net.com/hosts/DNSKong.html

Instructions and Filters:

http://www.pacificnet.net/~bbruce

Taygas pre-sets of filters:

http://www.pyrenean.com/tayga.php


greetings, satyr

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dragonman97

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And what exactly will that do for my mac? [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
And what exactly will that do for my mac? [Wink]

Give you a good reason not to use Windows.

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