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  • 5.0 stars

    "Prevention is better than cure"

    February 7, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Solid free proxy/primitive configuration"

    June 7, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "****************************"

    January 1, 2010  |   By dunamis44x

    Version: Privoxy 3.0.8

    Pros

    ****************************************

    Cons

    **************************************

    Summary

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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good freeware alternative to Ad Muncher"

    April 2, 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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