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Windows 7: Which DNS service you prefer and why?


28 Aug 2011   #1

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Which DNS service you prefer and why?

Hi friends i am thinking about changing from my ISP's dns to some free public dns like opendns or google dns or norton dns or any other mainly due to their claim that they make browsing faster. Is that claim true? i would like to know from people who have actually used those service. I don't need website filtering facility i just need speed in browsing as well as downloading and if they have some malware site blocking facility then i think they will be an added bonus. I am from india more specifically from state assam ( if that really matter) using BSNL broadband with 2Mbps speed.

P.S: Is malware filtering is an important feature? I mean all antiviruses have some form of malware domain blocking facility, atleast avast do this with network shield which i use

Thanks for your replies

With regards
Gautam


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28 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I prefer Norton DNS because its fast, and secure. I have CIS with MBAM PRO (which also has web-site filtering) so whatever Norton DNS doesnt block MBAM PRO does

If you want to see norton dns in action against other dns services look at this:OpenDNS vs. NortonDNS vs. Comodo Secure DNS - YouTube
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28 Aug 2011   #3

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

if you're interested in simply finding the fastest dns server for your particular connection, have a look at namebench.

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Are you a power-user with 5 minutes to spare? Do you want a faster internet experience?

Try out namebench. It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and does not modify your system in any way. This project began as a 20% project at Google.

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28 Aug 2011   #4

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Ok used this namebench. Which showed google dns is fastest and second fastest is my ISP. So can i use 8.8.4.4 from google as preffered dns and 218.248.255.161 as secondary dns server?


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28 Aug 2011   #5

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it has to be worth a try for a couple of days.

it's easy enough to change back if you experience any problems.
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28 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You need to remember that things can change, and it is worth doing the test at different times of the day and over several days to get a truer picture. For those who have fast internet connections (20Mb/s +), you might notice the difference, but for those on slower connections (like me), it is unlikely that you will notice much difference. Having said that, there is no harm in trying alternative DNS, but note that a faster DNS is not necessarily better than a slow one, particularly if it is poor at resolving requests.
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28 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Norton DNS is the best of both worlds. Fast and secure. To me, I really don't pay attention to the benchmark tests, because like was already mentioned, the time of day can influence those tests, and I can't feel or see any difference in the "fastest" to the "slowest" anyway. So to me, the security of Norton DNS outweighs any speed differences.
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29 Aug 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

GRC also has a DNS Benchmark.

GRC's*|*DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark**

A Guy
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29 Aug 2011   #9

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

OK right now i am using google dns also thinking to use norton dns after that for some time to see how both performs. One last question is there any negative effect which i should be aware of by not using my ISP dns?
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29 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Only thing I can think of is I can't see or adjust my router's firewall. I need to have my ISP's DNS to do this, but since it's already set up to my needs, that's not a big deal. If I need to get to my firewall, I just swap back in a few seconds.
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