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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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4 stars


January 01, 2010  |  By dunamis44x

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.8







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5 stars

"The Next Proxomitron"

March 22, 2008  |  By Sinquisition

 |  Version: Privoxy 3.0.8


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.


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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.8
Version 3.0.8 includes unspecified updates.
Publisher The Privoxy Project
Publisher web site http://www.privoxy.org/
Release Date January 22, 2008
Date Added February 01, 2008
Version 3.0.8
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 497.08KB
File Name privoxy_setup_3_0_23.exe
Total Downloads 29,168
Downloads Last Week 13
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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