Following 1,5 years of development, this is the first ever
stable release of Privoxy, the privacy enhancing proxy.
Privoxy is a web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for
protecting privacy, filtering web page content, managing cookies,
controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups and other
obnoxious Internet junk. Privoxy has a very flexible configuration and
can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes. Privoxy has
application for both stand-alone systems and multi-user networks.
Privoxy is based on Internet Junkbuster (tm).
At present, Privoxy is known to run on Windows(95, 98, ME, 2000, XP),
Linux (RedHat, SuSE, Debian, Conectiva, Gentoo), Mac OSX, OS/2,
AmigaOS, BeOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, and many more flavors of
In addition to the traditional features of Internet Junkbuster, such
as ad and banner blocking, cookie management/protection, and HTTP
header manipulation, Privoxy adds many enhancements, and new features
in the same vein.
* Web page content filtering (removes banners based on size,
* Modularized configuration that allows for standard settings and
user settings to reside in separate files, so that installing
updated actions files won't overwrite individual user settings.
* HTTP/1.1 compliant (but not all optional 1.1 features are
* Support for Perl Compatible Regular Expressions in the
configuration files, and generally a more sophisticated and
flexible configuration syntax over previous versions.
* Improved cookie management features (e.g. session based cookies).
* GIF de-animation.
* Bypass many click-tracking scripts (avoids script redirection).
* Multi-threaded (POSIX and native threads).
* User-customizable HTML templates for all proxy-generated pages
(e.g. "blocked" page).
* Auto-detection and re-reading of config file changes.
* Improved signal handling, and a true daemon mode (Unix).
* Every feature now controllable on a per-site or per-location
basis, configuration more powerful and versatile over-all.
* Many smaller new features added, limitations and bugs removed, and
security holes fixed.
Privoxy Developers <firstname.lastname@example.org>