Kill ads, web bugs and more

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by sir_carew, Dec 12, 2003.

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  1. sir_carew

    sir_carew Registered Member

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    Hi,
    I'm using Opera 7.23 and Sygate P. PRO 5.5. I need a software that work with Opera and that Kill ads, block cookies, and kill web bugs. Anyone know about a program that have those features?
    Thanks.
     
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    I'm familiar with local proxies like Proxomitron, WebWasher, (both free) and AdSubtract Pro (shareware but I haven't used it myself but it's supposed to be good). My recommendations would be for Proxo first and then either ASP or WW.

    But you're running Sygate which has a bit of a loophole, since it allows other programs to connect to the net through the local proxy connection. Don't know how concerned you may or may not be about that, given you're other security measures.

    To not have that issue I'd think you'd need something that did not act as a local proxy and I'm not familiar with any app that does all you want and still is not a local proxy.

    But I think someone in another thread here somewhere may have mentioned Ad Muncher does not act as a proxy? I'm not familiar with the app myself do don't know all its features and if that would suit you. But worth checking out

    edited: here's the thread with some info on other apps including Ad Muncher:

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=16615
     
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    Hi, Thanks for you answer.
    Sygate is one of the best Firewall in the market, I found bug that affect the last version of ZA PRO:
    2003-09-06:    ZoneAlarm Random UDP Flood Denial Of Service Vulnerability   
        2003-08-07:    ZoneAlarm Local Device Driver IO Control Code Execution Vulnerability   
        2002-10-25:    Zone Labs ZoneAlarm Syn Flood Denial Of Service Vulnerability   
        2002-04-02:    ZoneLabs ZoneAlarm MailSafe Extension Dot Filtering Bypass Vulnerability   
        2001-12-06:    Multiple Personal Firewall Vendor Outbound Packet Bypass Vulnerability   
        2001-07-18:    Zone Labs ZoneAlarm MailSafe Bypass Vulnerability   
        2000-04-24:    ZoneAlarm Personal Firewall Port 67 Vulnerability
    For a complete list of those vulnerabilities visit: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/vendor/ and select Zone Labs.
     
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    I didn't say Sygate wasn't a good firewall. I simply mentioned a known issue (for years now) when local proxies are used with it. I thought it should be mentioned in the interest of a complete answer to a Sygate user when the subject concerns local proxy apps for ad blocking, etc. Just in case you were unaware of the issue.

    Here's a thread on the Sygate loopback issue if you hadn't seen it before and have any interest:
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=15647;start=0

    My comments had nothing to do with ZA so your links are gratuitously OT and irrelevant. Users can make their own decisions on what fireewalls they want to use. That's their business. I just consider the loopback issue relevant information in a response to a Sygate user, who may not be aware of it, when local proxy web filtering apps are discussed. Some users have some concern regarding the Sygate loopback issue, others don't since they are comfortable with their other security measures. I also mentioned a number of apps, including Ad Muncher which claims not to act as a local proxy, so you could check them out and decide for yourself if any of them suited your needs/wants. That's all.
     
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    Cookie Cop2 is freeware - a PC Magazine utility www.pcmag.com - or get the expanded version Cookie Cop Plus which has the same features but adds pop up control, cross site referrer commands and converts permanent cookies into session only that do not leave crumbs on the hard drive.
     
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    >My comments had nothing to do with ZA so your links are gratuitously OT and irrelevant.



    I'm NOT said that you are a fan of ZoneAlarm of a user or something like that, I'm only said that the !most! trusted and one of the best firewall have many bugs that aren't fixed yet, nothing more.
     
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    Yes, except most exploits are not as major. They, don't require any work by the attacker, and occurs under all conditions not just rare specialised ones.
     
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