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Found this after seeing the article mentioning junkbuster. Privoxy is (according to their website):
... a proxy that is solely focused on privacy protection and junk elimination. Sitting between your browser(s) and the Internet, it is in a perfect position to filter outbound personal information that your browser is leaking, as well as inbound junk. It uses a variety of techniques to do this, all of which are under your control via the various configuration files and options.
Privoxy is based on the junkbuster source, has features like browser-based configuration and intelligent filtering, and they have an OS X package available for download. The only problem I had with it was that /Library -> StartupItems -> Privoxy -> Privoxy needed the execute bit set (chmod 755 Privoxy).

[Editor's note: I have not used this package myself.]
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I have used it
Authored by: cheesecubed on Jun 19, '02 12:39:29PM

I have it on my FreeBSD computer and have it as the proxy on all my other computers and I think it is great, I like how it blocks most ads and all pop-up ads.

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I swear by it
Authored by: Cadre on Jun 20, '02 10:56:52AM

I've used Privoxy since it was called Junkbuster SWA style. It's a very good filtering proxy. The default configuration filters most ads. Browsing webpages via a modem is far less painful when you filter ads (which consist about 50% of the data you download). It supports forwarding to other proxies as well, so if you're really into fine-tuning your browsing, squid + privoxy is a great combination.

Ah yes, and one of the best features (okay, probably not the best, but definately the funniest) are the Perl substitutions you can apply to webpages. My favorite is a default one in the configuration:

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having trouble
Authored by: pcp_ip on Jun 20, '02 11:39:00AM
Privoxy seems to think i have another proxy running... which i don't. any ideas how to get around this- it's happening on 2 different osx boxes. thanks.
    [mobile:/Applications/] mobile% ./privoxy Jun 20 11:03:13 Privoxy(-2147478600) Info: loading configuration file '/Applications/': Jun 20 11:03:13 Privoxy(-2147478600) Fatal error: can't bind to There may be another Privoxy or some other proxy running on port 8118

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having trouble
Authored by: pcp_ip on Jun 20, '02 11:54:03AM


nevermind... i changed the port in the config to 8000 (the old junkbuster port so the docs say) and it's running fine.I have to say... for 10 minutes worth of use, this thing is great.

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privoxy busy port
Authored by: xyster on Jun 20, '02 12:52:11PM

periodically privoxy thinks itself already running on its' last port. I change it between 8118 and 8000 or similar and then it always works. Doesn't happen often. Privoxy has been awesome. I've dragged the bookmarklet for toggling, as suggested in the information, to the mozilla menubar to turn off/on privoxy as needed for certain sites.

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