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What a splendid piece of software Webwasher is. In case you have never tried it, I urge you to download and try for yourself. It's totally free for personal, non-commercial use and what you get is a full, non-crippled version.

There is a Mac, a Linux and a win32 version of the software. The latest win32 version (classic v3.3) now even works with XP....

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  • what does it do?

    Sounds like one of those ad killers, but unless it kills without any bandwidth/cycles hit it is usless to me as I do not click o any ads anyway and I could not care less if I saw them.
    • Sounds like one of those ad killers, but unless it kills without any bandwidth/cycles hit it is usless to me as I do not click o any ads anyway and I could not care less if I saw them.

      It looks at the HTML for the page you're viewing. If a page element (whether it's an image, Flash, JavaScript, or whatever) matches its criteria for something that ought to be filtered, it strips it out. If it decides that an image shouldn't be displayed, it won't even be downloaded. This will speed things up, especially on a slower connection...you don't waste bandwidth on (for instance) blinking X10 spycam ads.

      It used to mangle some pages pretty badly, but that seems to have been fixed. I have it installed on my notebook, and if anything, it's not aggressive enough. I see fewer ads with my Squid-based ad filter [alfter.us] than I do with WebWasher, but I haven't gotten around to setting it up to run under either the Cygwin or native-Win32 versions of Squid. (I use it on a couple of Linux servers at home and at work.)

  • I dunno, it seems to make a lot of pages look pretty mangled. (Blue's News [bluesnews.com] and Live365 [live365.com] were ones I tried off the bat.) Have you tried Guidescope [guidescope.com]? That one worked pretty well for me....
  • I'll give WebWasher a try-- I used to be quite fond of it when I used Windows, if I recall-- but I'm pretty happy with Privoxy. (Privoxy was formerly known as the Internet Junk Buster.) It's muchly powerful and flexible-- I keep most of its features turned off all the time-- but it also has a cool HTML UI that lets you quickly enable or disable features and add or change patterns. It's all POSIX, which means it compiles cleanly on Mac OS X. The maintainers have done kind of a half-assed job adding OS X components-- it's not their focus, so it's understandable-- but I just checked out the source from CVS and wrote new installation scripts, a SystemStarter script, and a new Package Maker file. Easy as pie, by programmer/hobbyist standards.

    (Edit: Ack! I just realized that the Mac version isn't an OS X application. Never mind. I won't even bother downloading it.)

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