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November 22, 2012

Howto Block Adult websites using OPENDNS for free :) (with category base filtering support)

Filed under: General IT Related, Mikrotik Related — Tags: , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 10:09 AM

Last day someone asked me howto block Adult websites in mikrotik. There is no builtin way to do it as it involves URL filtering and its not the job of ROUTER to do such task. Dedicated proxy server can do it effectively since they are built for such purposes like caching/URL filtering/redirecting etc.

We are using Microsoft TMG in our organization which filters URL based on category, so its easier for us to just select the required category that we want to block , for example Porn / Gambling / Spywares etc but Microsoft charge for this service on annual basis (Which I guess is about 15$ per user annually) , It does the job perfectly and very efficiently but its not a cost effective solution specially if you dont have much budget to pay Microsoft.

However following is the free, neat and clean method to block almost 99$ of porn web sites using OpenDNS server as your primary DNS server in your router/proxy or even desktop PC.

Use the below DNS server as your primary dns server in mikrotik / isa server / router or even a desktop. If you are using Mikrotik or other Server, make sure clients are using your server ip as there DNS server, because opendns will work only if the client / router is using there dns server. You can also force users to use your DNS server by adding redirect rule so every request for dns should be redirected to your local server.


If you are using mikrotik server, then it would look alike something below image . . .

Now if you will try to open any adult web site , it wont open and will give you the default browser ‘Could not open’ error,  or the request will  will be redirected to OpenDNS block page informing you that your request was blocked by OpenDNS.
As showed in the image below . . .



You can also show your own page explaining that Adult web sites are blocked and with your Advertisement. For this purpose, you have to enable web.proxy and redirect user traffic to local proxy, then in proxy access, block the / and redirect it to local web server page.



Category  Base  Filtering …


If you have fix public ip address , then you can create account at and then you can do category base filtering.

as showed in the image below …

1 2



Howto Enable Web Proxy in Mikrotik and redirect opendns error page to local error page.


/ip proxy
set always-from-cache=no cache-administrator=webmaster cache-hit-dscp=4 \
cache-on-disk=no enabled=yes max-cache-size=none max-client-connections=\
600 max-fresh-time=3d max-server-connections=600 parent-proxy= \
parent-proxy-port=0 port=8080 serialize-connections=no src-address=\

/ip proxy access
add action=deny disabled=no dst-port="" \

/ip proxy access
add action=deny disabled=no dst-port="" \

Replace the and the full path with your local web server.

Now enable NAT rule to redirect user traffic to local proxy.

Now Redirect All User Traffic to Local Proxy

/ip firewall nat
 add action=redirect chain=dstnat disabled=no dst-port=80 protocol=tcp \

Make sure you move this rule in NAT section above the default masquerading rule. so it captures the http traffic & redirect it, before masquerading it to outside world.

As showed in the image below . . .

If you dont want to use proxy for all request, but for only , then use the below rule that will only redirect traffic to local web proxy, all other traffic will go directly.

/ip firewall nat
add action=redirect chain=dstnat disabled=no dst-address= \
dst-port=80 protocol=tcp to-ports=8080

Now when the user will try to open any adult web site, he will be redirected to local proxy, and proxy will (using access rules we defined above) redirect the request to our local web server page showing our info page.
As showed in the image below . . .



How to force users to use specific DNS Server

/ip firewall nat
add chain=dstnat action=dst-nat to-addresses= to-ports=53 protocol=tcp dst-port=53
add chain=dstnat action=dst-nat to-addresses= to-ports=53 protocol=udp dst-port=53

only udp is required i guess



Syed Jahanzaib


  1. is there any way to block anonymox plugin or hotspot shield or anu other way to hide ip? please help if its possible


    Comment by Zeeshan — November 24, 2012 @ 6:20 PM

  2. Aoa,

    if user use open proxies/change proxies so this method will be working or not? example youtube block all over pakistan but user use differ proxies and access easily youtube

    Kind Regard’s


    Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:10:11 +0000 To:


    Comment by Shanan Varind — November 25, 2012 @ 12:58 PM

  3. Hey, there’s more easy way to block porn:

    They have good Windows client, and it’s easy for non-tech people to use it.


    Comment by Mullen — November 29, 2012 @ 10:47 PM

  4. Alsalam Alaikum …
    Sir… I’m using RB450G with v6.0rc11 , configured WAN with static IP address and LAN for Hotspot
    I want to block and redirect it to and I already did thatby enabling proxy and added in dst-hot in access rules, and putted the the redirect rule in NAT above hotspot masquerading rule (not above the hotspot rules) , but the problem is not all clients redirected to and others redirected ok.
    is there a rule to guarantee redirecting or block it?
    and how can block facebook application in andriod mobile ?


    Comment by esalehnet — March 5, 2013 @ 10:42 PM

    • I dont know what rules you have in place at your server, either post your NAT rules.
      Some workarounds are to redirect all hotspot clients to local web proxy, and there you filter all traffic as per your requirements.
      You dont need to put this rule on top, but before any other NAT rule for sure. before default masquerade rule.


      Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — March 6, 2013 @ 8:57 AM

  5. Simple and great!

    Thank you


    Comment by Andrea — September 12, 2013 @ 7:34 PM

  6. Teltonika GSM Modem Device k price kia hain or Karachi main kahan se mile gi?


    Comment by Muhammad Haris — September 13, 2013 @ 5:51 AM

  7. Asalam u alaikum , youtube is banned in pakistan but people open it through hotspot shield , for example i want to make my on n/w so than how can i deny my clients to open youtube in ACL ( access control list ) http and TCP.


    Comment by sikandar — October 8, 2013 @ 5:53 PM

  8. is there any way to block hotspod sheild in FTMG 2010


    Comment by umer — October 24, 2013 @ 7:15 PM

  9. […] policy to block access to adult web sites and facebook. Blocking adult web sites was easy by using OPENDNS and force users dns traffic to pass from it, but blocking facebook was a bit tricky as it uses HTTPS […]


    Pingback by Blocking http/https Facebook via automated address-list | Syed Jahanzaib Personnel Blog to Share Knowledge ! — February 11, 2014 @ 9:18 AM

  10. first of all thank u very much… I hav question how can i some ips to bypass means they can access all sites.


    Comment by jishan — March 26, 2014 @ 2:28 PM

    • yes create an redirect rule for those user ips (in src addresses or list) and redirect there dns request to public dns like Google


      Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — March 27, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

      • could you give me an example please! Because i have an open dns working, and on a few pc i changed the dns to google to bypass open dns…but with webproxy on my mikrotik every pc gets blocked despite the google dns being put manually on a few pcs!


        Comment by ezajkul — October 28, 2014 @ 2:23 PM

  11. also i have dns redirect on for a few ip-s, not all of them…but with webproxy on they all get redirected!


    Comment by ezajkul — October 28, 2014 @ 2:25 PM

  12. Asalam o Alaiqum… Great work throughout Mr. Z@ib…
    BUT OPENDNS is NO MORE FREE….. Its acquired by CISCO… CISCO Buy all great things which may make hurdle to its business path.. SOURCEFIRE is the good example of it.. now OPENDNS this year on July its gone… Kindly update us with any other good option which could not be acquirable by any one and should be available cost free for everyone, likewise Wikipedia… Thanks..


    Comment by a1technoman — December 8, 2015 @ 12:23 PM

    • till date , as of writing, openDNS is still working fine. I still have its free service using web portal, and all functions are working Ok.
      but cant say for tomorrow, once it will go PAID, will look for alternative , but none can beat opendns as its free and well managed 😦


      Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — December 8, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

      • i think that day is come. becoz its not even working on landlines’ Broadband too, i mean PTCL. all inappropriate materials are openning without any hurdle. you can check it by using PTCL’s DNS IPs.. I found something for home safe web. These provide DNS services with security It can be use for our internal network until we get controlable DNS..
        Links Are:

        DNS available on these links are working.

        I’m now Using Norton Connect safe DNS:

        Preferred DNS:
        Alternate DNS:


        Comment by Ahmed Hanif — December 9, 2015 @ 4:49 PM

  13. That day is come. Because controlling DNS for internal network is no free. I made account on it, but didn’t get any control panel. It just gave me DNS Update checker client.
    So, I searched n found 2 DNS servers which can keep our internal network safe from inappropriate contents and secure from Malwares, Bots, Viruses, etc.
    Links for these are:

    I’m using Norton Connect safe and its working fine on my network
    • Preferred DNS:
    • Alternate DNS:


    Comment by a1technoman — December 9, 2015 @ 5:04 PM

  14. Thanx Mr. Z@ib.. Its working. there was other technical issue while i was triyng.. its resolved now…


    Comment by a1technoman — December 14, 2015 @ 2:44 AM

  15. Alsalam Alaikum …
    Sir i have problem how to blok gambling script in mikrotik??example beat online ….thanks


    Comment by ahmad — September 17, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

  16. Asslam o Alikum
    Jahanzaib bahi i hope you are fine.
    i am using open DNS in my Mikrotik server and its working perfect just 1 problem i am facing that i redirect open dns in firewall so that clients only can use open dns but i want to allow myself and to boss google dns means don’t want restriction on myself please tell me the steps i will be grateful to you.


    Comment by irum — July 5, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

    • there are few ways to bypass open dns for specific clients.
      Fist make an address list and add your and boss IP in it , lets say Google_DNS_Clients List.
      Now redirect this address list to Google DNS.
      Second rule will redirect to opendns for all clients.
      In mikrotik rules processed with order wise


      Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — July 5, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

      • thanks for your quick response.
        can you please tell me the steps to do this task?
        just like you have explained opendns steps


        Comment by irum — July 5, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

      • I can but I would like you to learn, do some R&D and implement rules, when they dont work, come back with what you have done so far and what not working.


        Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — July 5, 2017 @ 3:41 PM

  17. alright
    i am trying to do


    Comment by irum — July 5, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

  18. its working thanks a lot sir you saved my life really many many thanks
    you are my teacher i have learn many things from you. bundle of thanks


    Comment by irum — July 5, 2017 @ 4:48 PM

  19. I will try this sir, thanks before


    Comment by Cara Mudah Memblokir Situs dengan MikroTik — June 2, 2018 @ 8:48 PM

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