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This is not something new I am writing today. AdBlocker Plus plugin for chrome, and other browsers blocks ad requests based on the request's domain name or url pattern or some css pattern. The problem with this method is Chrome has no idea of including plugin support for android and therefore ABP as it is wont work. They support a proxy method where all HTTP Requests from browser will alone be routed via the proxy. All ads will be scrubbed by the proxy before sending response to the browser. But ads that are HTTPS and ads on other apps will not be blocked.
So I made a domainlist from The domainlist is available at
Note: This might have duplicates and false positives.
Now my thought was to return a servfail while the browser/app tries to resolve these domains. As I said a bunch of people has wrote blogs about it, But they were using named as their dns server. In named each domain has to have a separate zone entry as most of the domains are completely distinct. Powerdns helps us to programatically return dns responses using pipe-backend. This is what we are expecting for. The script I wrote returns servfail if the domain is one in our list or else it queries and returns a response.
Note: dnspython should be installed for the script to work
To make it work on a linux system
1)install pdns-server
2)copy this script and domainlist to /etc/powerdns
3)install pdns-backend-pipe
4)Copy this pipe-backend conf to /etc/powerdns/pdns.d/pdns.local
5)Restart pdns
Now edit your dns resolver to point to this server you have just set up(by editing resolv.conf in linux ). Android supports editing resolver using static ip settings while you are using wifi. 


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