Pi Hole for Windows?

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• I just found out about pi hole. Is there a way to set it up for a Windows PC?

• You can. Run an Ubuntu on a VM like Hyper-V or VMware and install Pi Hole using curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash. After installation, bridge your network from Windows to Ubuntu. Or just use the Docker container.

• Any other easy way? Need something simple and quick.

• Running Pi Hole with VM or Docker will require 500 M memory at minimum. I prefer using a DNS proxy like Acrylic or even the default Windows hosts.

• Doesn’t a fat hosts file slow down the host service? I was using a similar setup before I switched to Pi Hole. I dig it for the dashboard and auto update features.

• Oh it does! The network svchost services hogs down resources once it begins reading the hosts. But for single device on a network, it is simple than running a VM. If it is for a network wide blocking a dedicated blackhole makes sense.

• Instead of VM, you could edit your default hosts file at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts and blacklist domain names that you want to block. Public blacklists like this and this should help. But be cautious and make sure everything points to your local IP.