Convoluted setup, slow or missing proxy servers, and a poor interface is what you'll get with this disappointing privacy tool. XMicro Internet Security: Anonymous Surfing's tool-tray interface opens to a poorly constructed dialog that obscures function buttons and program information. You can work your way around the interface, but it only leads to more problems. When you do get everything working, you'll find settings affect only Internet Explorer. Confusingly, the Help file lists options not available with this application.
The Anonymous Surfing Tool is the only component to this utility. It's a proxy server that helpfully searches for the best available server. Unfortunately, that list is short and most servers are unresponsive or slow. Each time you want to change servers, the list must be reverified. It's a slow process, although there is an option to automatically change servers every 15 minutes to 3 hours. There is an easily set option to enter the IP address of a known proxy server, but you could simply enter the IP directly in Internet Explorer without using this utility.
Without a speedy proxy server, this program proves more of a hindrance than a helpful privacy tool. Novices won't find it simple enough, and advanced users won't be pleased with the features. You won't need the full eight-day demo to know that this program has little to offer users of any level.
Anonymous Surfing enhances your online privacy by hiding your IP address and location from all the Websites you visit. The application changes the Internet Explorer proxy settings so that IE uses one of thousands anonymous servers (which could be anywhere in the world) to connect to any Website you are visiting instead of directly connecting to it.
Features: Masks your IP address from all Websites; Offers a list of fastest and most secure anonymous proxy servers; Automatic proxy server switching; Integrates seamlessly with Internet Explorer; Proxy servers from varied number of countries to help you hide your identity; Server speed rating to enable you choose the best server manually; Database consisting of thousands of proxy servers; Automatic up-gradation to faster server; Downloads new updates automatically. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
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This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.