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    Privoxy

    I've long been an advocate of the Proxomitron web browser proxy, but since its development has effectively ceased, I've read reports that Privoxy has surpassed it in many respects. I intend to give the latter a spin, since both programs simply unpack to a folder and don't use any messy registry-dependent installation. Has anybody else done the comparison? Any tips/ comments?

    Both Privoxy and Proxomitron are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware.

    Alan

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    Re: Privoxy

    Can I inquire as to what you use proxy software for? Is it on a single machine, and what benefits does it provide?
    -Mark

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    Re: Privoxy

    Proxomitron (and Privoxy) are local proxies that provide control of what comes into and goes out of your browser, ultimately determining what is retrieved and displayed, and what isn't. It hands control back to the user, rather than being at the mercy of the page author. Consequently, I don't use a hosts file - I use Proxomitron. I don't use a popup blocker - I use Proxomitron. The list goes on.

    From the Proxomitron support site, What The Heck Is It? gives a partial list of what the Proxomitron can do "out of the box" (not that it was ever in a box mind you):

    <UL><LI>Stop windows that pop-up, pop-under, or pop-over
    <LI>Stop those un-closable endless banner chains
    <LI>Stop pop-up JavaScript message boxes
    <LI>Remove web-branding and other scripts tacked on by "free" web providers.
    <LI>Convert most ads and banner pictures into simple text links
    <LI>Freeze all animated gifs
    <LI>Make blinking text appear as bold instead
    <LI>Remove slow web counters
    <LI>Stop web pages from "auto-refreshing"
    <LI>Prevent pages from changing fonts
    <LI>Get rid of or replace web page background images
    <LI>Protect against getting "trapped" inside someone else's frames!
    <LI>Make all frames resizable
    <LI>Close top or bottom frame banner windows
    <LI>Protect against getting "trapped" inside someone else's frames!
    <LI>Make background MIDI songs play only when you choose.
    <LI>Remove status bar scroll-texts
    <LI>Remove "dynamic" HTML from pages
    <LI>Disguise your browser's identity and version from JavaScripts
    <LI>Remove style sheets
    <LI>Un-hide URLs when the mouse is over a link
    <LI>Disable frames or tables altogether
    <LI>Change or delete cookies
    <LI>Change your browser's user-agent and other identifying fields
    <LI>Hide where you've been previously from inquisitive web servers[/list]There's really too much scope to talk about in one post.
    Just as an "everyday" usage example, I took about 10 seconds (expert level, mind you <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) to get the features list above to display with the Woody tags already in the browser text:
    <!t>[li]<!/t>Stop windows that pop-up, pop-under, or pop-over etc.

    so the bulletted list above became a simple copy/ paste job straight from browser window to browser window.

    Mostly though, it just sits there quietly in the tray, making browsing the simple pleasure it used to be.
    Once you've used it, there is no turning back!

    Alan

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    Re: Privoxy

    I really like the sound of this:
    <hr>Make background MIDI songs play only when you choose.<hr>
    That alone sounds like a great benefit. If I get one more musical email that blares out some happy tune without warning again, I may go completely insane. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>
    -Mark

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