Filters & Firewalls - Make
surfing more enjoyable and secure!
All this software is for Windows unless otherwise noted.
Ad Blocking Software
Proxomitron (Free, "ShonenWare" - Highly recommended!) Windows/WinNT/Linux
- See note below
very good "Proxy"-type
filtering app, actually filters & rewrites a page's HTML (strip out
plopups, banners, background music, mess w/ cookies, disguise your browser
version/referrer, etc.) before it gets to your browser! The list of things
you can do with this program to take control of your surfing is incredible.
Note: Proxomitron is a Windows
program, but also runs under Linux using the Windows Emulator,
Some flakiness (including crashes) may be encountered when using some of
the menus, so you may have to edit the config. files by hand in some cases.
(Screen shot of Prox. effortlessly filtering
all the spam from AOL's homepage on my Linux box)
Junkbuster (harder to use, but free (GNU Public License)) Windows/WinNT/Unix/Linux
A good, GPL request-blocker.
It runs as a proxy, but doesn't actually modify any HTML--it simply kills
connections to any (ad-)server, path, filename or IP address specified
in the blockfile. Mess with cookies and hide your browser version/referrer
too. Text-console only; change its filtering behavior by editing a cfg.
Guidescope (free for individual users, fee for business users)
while related to the Internet Junkbuster, is a separate product. It is easier
to set up, and queries a central database of ad-servers so there's no more
editing/downloading a .cfg file to block new pests.
(Free, "Pro" (paid) version available)
Based on Proxomitron code.
The free version is very "crippled"; for example, does not block
popups, background music, or freeze GIF animations. If you're a novice/newbie
and don't want to mess with downloading or customizing your own ad-filters,
go for the paid version of AdSubtract...otherwise, use Proxomitron instead
(Free for personal use, price for business users depends of # of licenses)
Easy to use, removes most
Web advertising, tracking cookies, Web Bugs and pop-up windows. Additional
features include auto-downloading of up-to-date URL filters and the ability
to filter harmful content-types (e.g. ActiveX, .VBS, etc.).
More Windows, Unix-alike,
Mac and multiple platform ad-filtering tools are listed at "
adverts from web pages".
Proxomitron ("ShonenWare")--see above
Web Browser - This free, open-source Web browser has popup-blocking
features built in. Check the Releases
page to find a version for your operating system. Windows/Linux/Unix/MacOS/VMS/BeOS/OS2/...and
probably Gameboy :)
Web Browser - As of v. 6.02, Opera has popup-blocking features built
Panicware Pop-Up Stopper
- Free; also offers a pay suite that includes Pop-Up Stopper, Cookie manager,
Web evidence eliminator, and firewalling against malicious Web scripts.
CookieCop (Freeware, ~ 1MB) - Selectively accept or reject cookies
on a server-by-server basis, also selectively block graphics from certain
Pal (shareware, small)
Program selectively accepts/rejects
cookies on a server-by-server basis, or by expiration-date.
Crusher (shareware, $19, 30-day free trial) - Does all the same as
above, and can also examine cookies to inform you of their function (ad
tracking, online shopping, site tracking).
Proxies & Firewall
(free! Commercial version also available) This unique program works as
a "firewall in reverse"--it alerts you to programs sending data FROM your
computer and allows you to selectively block certain programs (e.g. Spyware)
from connecting to the Internet. Highly recommended!
PC Firewall (shareware) Allows you to block packets by domain, and
by their destructive potential (block Winnuke, smurf, etc. attacks).