Privoxy

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.20 beta
  • Total Downloads:
    28,837
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 14, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    496.74KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    17
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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A proxy is only as good as its filter set, so the fact that Privoxy hasn't updated since 2004 should not be taken lightly. The interface is primarily text files, which makes it easy for advanced users to update the filters. Novice users will appreciate that this utility is easy to install, but will dislike that it isn't easy to configure. There really isn't a help file. The configuration file does mention how to enable the proxy in your browsers, but most users would miss the required information. Privoxy only works for browsers that can use a proxy, so don't expect any help with your instant messenger programs.

Though the filter is more than two years old, it still blocks many types of pop-ups and pop-unders. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to set to ignore the pop-ups you want to allow. We did like the blocked pages log that Privoxy displays, making it easy to track pop-up URLs. However, most novice users would find that it shows information they simply don't need. All that said, this freeware is useful for those users advanced enough to add to the filter, but everyone else would prefer a proxy that's easier to configure.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Prevention is better than cure"

February 07, 2011  |  By doctor82

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.17

Pros

small program
install and forget
free
configurable
blocks from loading rather than simply hiding the ads and malware

Cons

Even though an average user need not configure anything, the GUI is not that user friendly

Summary

A small but great must have internet security software and junkbuster

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1 stars

"Do not use"

January 28, 2011  |  By dsaiki

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.17

Pros

none. nada.

Cons

Cannot uninstall

Summary

It infects everything and is difficult to uninstall

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4 stars

"Very good product that performs as advertised."

June 14, 2010  |  By bill5858

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.16

Pros

I downloaded it as part of the "Tor suite". It performs very well.

Cons

None noted.

Summary

I strongly recommend this for anyone's use.

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4 stars

"Solid free proxy/primitive configuration"

June 07, 2010  |  By stevils

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.16

Pros

It doesn't crash the system
It passes packets quickly - I don't notice any slowed browsing
It blocks many adverts
Excellent help directions

Cons

Configuration is old school text file editing. The comments are very helpful.
Beginners will be confused.
Blocks play of some Zynga apps. There's a way to fix it in the ad blocking file.

Summary

It is a solid proxy server and it's free. It is still being supported and I suspect it would work on Win7. It's small enough to fit on a flash drive and work with portable Firefox and the Tor FF plugin. Those 3 together equals anywhere private surfing. I'm surprised there are only 16,000 d/l's at this time.

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5 stars

"Love it, love it, love it."

May 20, 2010  |  By denigma78

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.16

Pros

Works well!

Cons

UI not for everybody.

Summary

Love it, Love it

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4 stars

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January 01, 2010  |  By dunamis44x

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.8

Pros

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Cons

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Summary

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5 stars

"The Next Proxomitron"

March 22, 2008  |  By Sinquisition

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.8

Pros

It is everything a $75+ commercial proxy is - and everything it isn't. I'm not a privacy freak so I'm not intimate about the other proxies out there and what they have to offer, but I do know that none have had as much development as Privoxy did. It does not have have a GUI interface per se (all configuration is done through text files) except for its traffic monitor, but that also means you are free to have full control of the program and tweak it in more ways than what a GUI would offer. But this also means it easily intimidates regular users (see cons)

Privoxy isn't just a proxy - by default, it also filters malicious scripts through heuristics, a web debugger (I haven't played around with it yet), and from the looks of it a content blocker.

Open source software will always be better than software produced for financial gain, and Privoxy is Exhibit A.

Cons

Unfortunately, it is not user friendly since it won't magically do everything for you. If your browser supports proxy connections, and you see the little blue Privoxy icon in the system tray, then you need to do some typing to complete the process:

(These steps assume Privoxy is running and listening on its default port, 8118)

In Firefox, head to Tools->Options...->Advanced->Network->Settings->Change it to Manual Proxy Configuration, then put "localhost" as the HTTP proxy and "8118" as the HTTP proxy port. You don't need to fill in anything else.

In IE, go to Tools->Internet Options->Connections->LAN Settings->Check the 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' and fill in "localhost" for the address and "8118" for the port. Again, everything else is optional.

In Opera, go to Tools->Preferences->Advanced->Network->Proxy Servers->Check HTTP and fill in "localhost", and "8118" for its port. Check 'Enable HTTP 1.1 for proxy' while you are at it.

Visit a website and if all went well, there should be an entry in the monitor. I hope this helps.

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3 stars

"still receive pop ups"

October 11, 2007  |  By palpepper

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.3

Cons

I tried this software becouse I have windows 98 and there is not much out there for the version. It has no way of accessing the program I can find. Although it was downloaded into my program files I can not find it listed there. I neither like it nor can I find where it has caused harm. It could be working to some extent but if I don't see the popups I am not aware of I can't know its working. I still get pop ups so it is not a total fix.

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5 stars

"Great program"

February 25, 2007  |  By steven13500

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.3

Pros

Virtually eliminates all ads (except text based ones).

I love this program because I will never have to see those ********** talking smilies ever again.

Cons

Configuration is a tad complicated. If it had a GUI config, would be a bit better

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5 stars

"Good freeware alternative to Ad Muncher"

April 02, 2006  |  By CableguyTK

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.3

Pros

Its free.

Its light on the resources.

It does the job in filtering advertisements.

It is pretty easy to update the filters. Unfortunately the last official update from the developers was from jan2004, but you can find a filter list from google if you search for Privoxy Action File.

The log in Privoxy is more comprehensible than Ad Muncher's log.

The system tray icon is better than Ad Muncher's.

Cons

It uses 3x as much RAM as Ad Muncher.

Ad Muncher seems to filter more than Privoxy. Privoxy seems to miss a lot of ads.

Ad Muncher does a better job in removal of ads. You will find that Privoxy will leave behind a white box where the advertisement once was, or a checkered box, where as Ad Muncher will leave neither.

Like all ad filters, Privoxy will make your webpages open a little slower due to the filtering process. The problem is that it is a LOT slower than Ad Muncher...

Because this is a PROXY, this program seems to be limited to filtering just browsers like IE, FireFox, and Opera, and whatever browser that lets you add a proxy. Ad Muncher on the other hand can go as far as filtering AIM and a bunch of other advertisement-full programs.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher The Privoxy Project
Publisher web site http://www.privoxy.org/
Release Date February 14, 2013
Date Added February 14, 2013
Version 3.0.20 beta
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 95, Windows Me
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 496.74KB
File Name privoxy_setup_3.0.20.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,837
Downloads Last Week 17
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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