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As a way of avoiding spyware and pop-ups, Torpark successfully allows you to surf the Web anonymously, although the publisher warns of possible connection slowdowns.

The self-extracting file installs quickly, and you can run it from your hard drive, or as the publisher suggests, from a jump drive. Torpark adds to your browser’s toolbar a few unobtrusive buttons, which allow you to activate/deactivate the tool and configure its privacy settings according to your specifications. The tool effectively restricts pop-ups; blocks surreptitious installations of adware, spyware, and cookies; and hides any traces of your surfing. You can check the Torpark Tools menu while visiting a site and build a list of blocked items for the current page; from the same list box, you may add to a white list any or all of the displayed items.

The publisher cautions that using Torpark may slow your Internet connection speed, particularly if you’re using a dial-up, but we noticed no slowdown during our tests. Torpark is free, easy to use, and suitable for all users interested in protecting their privacy while visiting Web sites.

The main advantage compared to other anonymous Web browsers is that xB Browser requires no configuration or technical knowledge in order to achieve anonymity. xB Browser is open-source so you can feel safe knowing what goes into our code. Additionally, it is even portable on a USB stick so you can take it to work, school, or on vacation. xB Browser does not store a cache on the user hard drive, nor does it store cookies, so there is no mess to clean up with eraser programs. xB Browser also has advanted features such a DOM object and flash cookie protection, cross-site scripting, attack prevention, and java proxy control. xB Browser can also detects and disables hidden and malicious browser addons that are hidden in the windows registry. When used in the free mode, xB Browser will connect to the internet through the Tor anonymity network. For greater security and speed, users can upgrade to the XeroBank anonymity network at any time.

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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