Tech, Toys, and Tidbits

So I recently got tricked in to clicking on a Outbrain article clickbait scam ad.

Headline looked innocent enough, but when I clicked thru it quickly became apparent that it was one of those aweful “You won’t believe what happened next!  Click here to find out!” bullshit ads.

Ya, I could have just tweaked Adblock, but then I’d have to spend a bunch of time touching every PC and phone in the house.  Why do that when I can simply do a quick config change on the firewall and block the whole crap-ass domain.

You won’t believe what I did next!

  1. Start up NGAdmin and connect to your fw or the cc.
  2. Go to your virtual server – Firewall service – Forwarding Rules
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  3. You should start in Access Rules, so go there in case you didn’t.
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  4. Doublecheck that AppControl is enabled – We’ll be using Appcontrol, not the URL filter, so we’ll need that enabled.
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  5. Ok, now the fun part.  Go to Application Rules now
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  6. Right click in the main section, and click New-Rule
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  7. Double click on the new rule’s number to open it up for editing.
  8. I named mine “BlockShit” but you can call it whatever you want.
  9. Set it to “Deny” obvs.
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  10. In the Object Viewer, to the right of the rule settings, click on the “Applications” tab
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  11. Right click in the Objects Viewer and select New – Custom Application
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  12. Select “Web Application” from the popup and click OK
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  13. Now the Custom Application window will open.  Make sure you set a category, risk, and Properties, too.
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  14. Now click the little green plus sign above the “URL Host:” list and add the following starter URLs:  (I’m sure there are hundreds more, but this is a good start)
    • *.adsnative.com
    • *.content.ad
    • *.adrizer.com
    • *.taboola.com
    • *.postrelease.com
    • *.
    • and of course, *.outbrain.com
  15. Now click Save, and drag the resulting object in to the “Application” section of your Edit Rule Window
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  16. Click OK to close the Edit Rule window
  17. Ensure the new BlockShit rule is above the default rule
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  18. Now send the changes, apply, and you’re golden!
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You can now browse from any device on your network without worrying about clickbate!