Originally Posted by visceralpsyche
Don't see it mentioned in Help? But the host files blacklist isn't MY custom additions, so why is it showing in that section is my question. Anyway, thanks for replying 😊👍
Open your Host sources list. Copy one of the URLs to the browser, e.g
and open it in the browser
Give some time to the browser to load the file. Scroll down and you will find eg a line there:
So, analytics.163.com is exactly one of your "greyed out" domains in your Blacklist.
It is there in your Blacklist because AdAway loaded it from the corresponding hosts source file
If you really want to remove that eg analytics.163.com from your "Blacklist" then use a root explorer like MiXPlorer, navigate to /system/etc/hosts file, open it as a text file, find the line with that domain and remove that line or comment the line out.
Reboot and you will no more find that domain in AdAway, Blacklist.
Note: This applies if you have a rooted phone and if you use hosts (not VPN) method in AdAway
But this does not make sense anyway, because the next time when AdAway will (auto) update hosts sources, it will again blacklist that same domain because it will find that domain again in the hosts source file
Hence instead, put that domain you don't want to be blacklisted to the Whitelist. Although that domain will still remain in the Blacklist, Whitelist will override it in a way that url will be no more blocked for DNS resolving.
Note: Whitelist applies both to hosts and VPN method
You must understand:
- how DNS resolving works (through the hosts file or via VPN, depending on which method you use)
- what are the hosts source files
If you are not familiar with, please read the Wiki and search and learn by googling
Once you get familiar with, you will see that editing th greyed-out blacklisted domains makes no sence (as for the reasons about updating the hosts source files) and that you better get the same result (that will survive your updating of the host source files) by using the Whitelust
Of course, if you are not happy with the content of a certain hosts source file (why it blacklists certain domains) then contact the maintainer of that host source file, or disable/remove that hosts source file from your list in AdAway and google to find another hosts source file you would be more happy with its choice of the blocked domains
But be aware that certain domains might be (black)listed in various host source files. You remove or disable one host source file but if AdAway finds the same domain (you didn't like it to be blacklisted) in another host source file from your lust, that domain will be still greyed-out in your Blacklist
If you are not happy with the available hosts sources, you can start maintaining youur own one. Or just manually fill like ten thousand of domains to your AdAway Blacklist