PAN-DB URL Filtering - WEB ADs wrong classification!? - google domain

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PAN-DB URL Filtering - WEB ADs wrong classification!? - google domain

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We have just switched from Brightcloud DB to PAN-DB database, in the first few days everything was ok, but we have just noticed a problem with PAN URL Filtering and WEB Ads category,  domain (google Ad domain that is used on most sites) is categorized as Business and Economy??? In our security policy we block Web Ads category, and because this is not in that category al communication is going trough. We have requested a category change but with no effect.


Funny thing is that Palo Alto as an example of a site for Web Ad page states :


Every other official/non-officila URL DB states this domain as Web AD (Brightcloud, Forti, Cisco)...what is going on? 


Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

The main landing page for is a regular business portal where companies can go to do the things they do with their web advertising


The  actual ads are run from which is classified as web-advertisements


PAN-DB can have different classifications for the same TLD depending on the subdomain 😉

Tom Piens

Main landing page is:




Ok, let's get exact, domain:


in Category Business and Economy?


This is a direct web page AD URL....


Matter of fact is that ADs are going trough on sites on PAN-DB, and all above domains are in WEB AD category in every other DB except Palo Alto DB....this is a serious problem.... 



interesting, have you reached out to support yet? this may need to be investigated

Tom Piens

No, we did not report to support at this point (but we will), as this is a general issue regarding PAN URL Classification process in general for every user on PAN DB...i was hoping that PAN representatives are active in this community and to exchange feedback with other users... 

We are here to assist in any way or capacity we can, but we can't open support cases for issues that require deeper investigation

I can't change the URL from my end either so that needs to go through the official channels 😉

Tom Piens

in the meanwhile you can use dynamic lists or blacklists inside the URL filtering profile to block all doubleclick connections

Tom Piens

That is already in place, but that is not a permanent solution in that regard. We will forward this issue to official support channels. 

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