Activating CleanBrowsing on Windows
Activating CleanBrowsing on Windows is straight forward, and might require a little technical knowledge. This article will introduce a few concepts and require a basic understanding of how to use the command prompt (i.e., terminal).
Step 1: Open Command Prompt
We have tested the following instructions on Windows 10, 2012 and 2016, but should work even on older versions. Start by opening the command prompt as an Administrator.
Access the command prompt by clicking on your Windows key on your keyboard, or clicking start.Right click the command prompt option and select "Run as Administrator":
Step 2: Identify the Network Interface
The network interface is important, it tells you how you are connecting to the internet. If you are using a CAT 5/6 cable then you are most likely going to be using an Ethernet interface, and if you are on Wi-Fi then you will be looking for a Wi-Fi or Wireless Connection interface.
To find your interface, you are going to run a command in the command prompt netsh interface ip show config or ipconfig /all. This is going to give you a long output showing you all the interfaces on your device. It will look something like this:
You are looking for the specific interface names. If you are in doubt, you can always update both, the Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfaces. Next step.
Step 3: Use the Command Prompt
Because of the various configurations it's best to use the command prompt for these changes. There are just too many flavors of the OS and GUI's available, but the reality is that the command prompt is extremely fast once you get over the nerves of a new environment.
In the command prompt you're going to use the netsh command. This command-line script utility allows you to modify network configurations.
It will also be in your interest to update both the IPv4 and IPv6 configurations. More and more we're encountering ISP's and Routers that are forcing IPv6 in the place of IPv4 so best to be safe.
Inside the command prompt, copy and paste the following command to change your DNS for the "Wi-Fi" interface:
IPv4 using Family Filter:
netsh interface ipv4 set dns "Wi-Fi" static 188.8.131.52 primary netsh interface ipv4 add dns "Wi-Fi" 184.108.40.206 index=2
IPv6 using Family Filter:
netsh interface ipv6 set dns "Wi-Fi" static 2a0d:2a00:1:: primary netsh interface ipv6 add dns "Wi-Fi" 2a0d:2a00:2:: index=2
The command for Windows 7 is slightly different. For IPv4:
netsh interface ip set dns "Wi-Fi" static 220.127.116.11
netsh interface ipv6 set dns "Wi-Fi" static 2a0d:2a00:1::
If there are no warning, it means the change succeeded. You can confirm it was modified by running:
netsh interface ip show config
It should list our IP addresses under the Statically Configured DNS Servers under the interface selected. If the command fails, it means that your Interface is not named "Wi-Fi". Try changing it to one of the other interfaces we went over in Step 2. Examples: "Wireless Network Connection" or "Local Area Connection" to see if it works:
Example of what that might look like
netsh interface ipv4 set dns "Wireless Network Connection" static 18.104.22.168 primary netsh interface ipv4 add dns "Wireless Network Connection" 22.214.171.124 index=2 netsh interface ipv4 set dns "Local Area Connection" static 126.96.36.199 primary
That's it. If this worked, your computer will automatically start using CleanBrowsing.
Step 4: Test the Configuration
An easy way to verify that the change worked is by visiting badexample.com. You should get a Domain not found error. If you did, it means you are all set.
You can also try doing this via the same command prompt by using the following command:
You will get an output that reads:
*** Unknown can't find badexample.com: Non-existent domain
If you run into any issues, please contact email@example.com and we will help.