Please help me whitelist part of a website



  • Using pi hole ad list with pfsense but i'm having an issue with a website where the comment section is not loading. If you have pfblocker active go to politico.com and try to load the comment section of every article and you will see that it will not work.

    Ads are being blocked fine but i just need the commnts section to load properly

    Any help is appreciated



  • @ElBerryKM13:

    Using pi hole ad list with pfsense but i'm having an issue with a website where the comment section is not loading. If you have pfblocker active go to politico.com and try to load the comment section of every article and you will see that it will not work.

    Ads are being blocked fine but i just need the commnts section to load properly

    Any help is appreciated

    You have a couple of choices that I can think of - turn off pfBlocker temporary and use the Web Developer/Network tab to watch the site load and decide what to whitelist, or alternativly watch your pfBlocker alerts, and whitelist one by one until you get the results you want, and then see if you can reblacklist some of them again once you know which ones are important.  What can make things more difficult is that sometimes a site will be coded to not load unless you let all their scum load as well.  Unless it's really important, I just don't use the site.  If I really need to look at it, I have a virtual machine that uses a VPN to tunnel around the firewall.  I look at whatever I want to look at, and when I'm done I reset the VM to get rid of any adware crap that I might have picked up.  Not a lot of fun, but it works and keeps things clean and safe (so far anyway).

    Update: I just saw this on uMatrix github page - talks about how uMatrix may break sites, but it's not a bug because it's doing it's job.  You may find this helpful for pfSense:
    If you need help to un-break a site when using uMatrix, you can try Wilders Security, where you are likely to receive help if needed, whether by me or other users.
    I've not been to that forum, but it may be worth a look.  Let us know if it helps.



  • I whitelisted the politico.com everywhere on pfblocker settings and still it is blocking all ads and the comments section. If I turn off pfblocker completely then yes everything comes back to normal with all ads.



  • You'll need to look at all the domains the page loads and see what they are.

    The comments are blocked on mine too, and I took a quick look and saw requests go from one article to subdomains of:-
    optimizely.com
    googleapis.com
    googletagservices.com
    twitter.com
    tiqcdn.com
    typekit.net
    addthis.net

    That list may not be exhaustive, but if you use the debug tools of your browser (I happen to be using MS Edge for this, use the F12 dev tools -> Network, then open the page) you should be able to see what sites requests are going to and can work through them one by one.


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