Privoxy Usage

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An HTTP, or web, proxy server provides a gateway between your browser and the rest of the Internet. A proxy server replaces your identity (IP address, in this case) with its own, making it possible to browse more privately, securely, and can offer additional features depending upon the proxy.

Privoxy is geared towards filtering pop-up advertisements and regular web advertisements. Privoxy is based off Junkbuster but provides better filtering. Privoxy also provides all of the features offered by the "Normal Caching Proxy".

Windows / Internet Explorer

  1. Click on Tools and select Internet Options....
  2. Click on the Connections tab.
  3. If you Dial-Up to XMission select XMission in the "Dial-up" window pane and click Settings...
  4. If you connect with DSL click the LAN Settings... button.
  5. Check Use automatic configuration script.
  6. In the text field to the right of Address enter
  7. Press OK at the bottom.


  1. Find your Preferences settings. This varies by platform.
    Linux - Edit Menu, then Preferences.
    OSX - Firefox Menu, then Preferences.
    Windows - Tools Menu, then Options.
  2. Select the Advanced section.
  3. Press the Settings... button after Configure how Firefox connects to the Internet.
  4. Select Automatic proxy configuration URL: and enter in the text field.
  5. Press OK at the bottom.

Apple OSX / Safari

  1. Click on the Apple icon and select System Preferences.
  2. Click on Network.
  3. Click on Advanced... in the lower right corner of the Network window.
  4. Select the Proxies tab.
  5. Click the button next to Automatic Proxy Configuration.
  6. In the text field to the right of URL enter

Google Chrome

  1. Pull down the menu under the icon shaped like a wrench.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select the Under the Hood tab.
  4. Under the Network section, press the Change proxy settings button.
  5. Click the check button next to Automatic Proxy Configuration.
  6. In the text field to the right of Autoconfiguration URL: enter'.
  7. Press Close.