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Naviscope -- Good Personal Proxy Server for home desktops
With broadband and DSLs getting the common thing of the day, accessing the Internet is a breeze. However, with the ease of access to the Internet, it also brings in a lot of junk stuff into our systems. Here comes the resources like Personal Proxy Servers, Firewalls, Antivirus softwares to protect your desktops and workstations.
There has been a tool called Naviscope and its homepage http://www.naviscope.com/. I don't think, this URL is available now but the download sites do offer Naviscope 8.71 as a free download.
It is a free personal proxy server, that can be configured to run from the system tray and with a variety of features, a partial list of which, I would like to give here:
- Prefetching the links as you search in Google or your favorite search engine.
- DNS Caching to prevent superflous lookups to your nameserver.
- Persistent HTTP Connections.
- MTU/RWin (Windows Internet Capability) Optimizations.
- Junk Content Blockers
- Ad Blocker
- Popup Blocker
- Cookie Blocker
- Embedded Sound/Video Blocker
- Blinking Text Blocker
The interesting feature of Naviscope is that, it shows a floating toolbar with the progress of requests that are going through it. Say if a webpage is downloading a big EXE file in the background, Naviscope would show the download progress in the toolbar.
Towards the system perspective, Naviscope does also provide a system clock synchronization with NIST Atomic clock. It also does not logging capabilities to log all Internet activities on the system.
Get your copy of Naviscope from PCWorld website.