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Windows 7: The most SECURE browser?

26 May 2014   #111
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Correction

Thanks to UsernameIssues for pointing out a few things. It seems that I was wrong when in my earlier post I stated:

"DuckDuckGo doesn't use a web prediction service or auto suggest as it's a search engine focused on privacy."

So having done a clean reinstall of Aviator I see the following:

The most SECURE browser?-duckduckgo-settings-aviator.jpg

The most SECURE browser?-search-predict.jpg

I've reset search provider and home page to DuckDuckGo.

As for turning on "Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors" - it doesn't want to work. I still get the crash when typing aabbcc.com into the address bar.

Switched to standard Hosts File and reverted to default DNS.

After the crash I was previously getting the message "Aviator has crashed - do you want to relaunch?" but currently I no longer see that message.

As for the uninstall - it didn't fully remove Aviator. Here are the leftovers:

The most SECURE browser?-aviator-dictionaries.jpg
The most SECURE browser?-aviator-user-data.jpg

aviator-26-05-2014.txt The attached file is a list of leftover registry entries not including shell bags.

Also I'm not sure what these "background apps" are but unchecking seems to enable a smoother exit.

The most SECURE browser?-settings-aviator-2.jpg




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26 May 2014   #112
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Thanks to UsernameIssues for pointing out a few things. It seems that I was wrong when in my earlier post I stated:

"DuckDuckGo doesn't use a web prediction service or auto suggest as it's a search engine focused on privacy."

So having done a clean reinstall of Aviator I see the following:

Attachment 319378

Attachment 319379

I've reset search provider and home page to DuckDuckGo.

As for turning on "Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors" - it doesn't want to work. I still get the crash when typing aabbcc.com into the address bar.

Switched to standard Hosts File and reverted to default DNS.

After the crash I was previously getting the message "Aviator has crashed - do you want to relaunch?" but currently I no longer see that message.

As for the uninstall - it didn't fully remove Aviator. Here are the leftovers:

Attachment 319380
Attachment 319381

Attachment 319384 The attached file is a list of leftover registry entries not including shell bags.

Also I'm not sure what these "background apps" are but unchecking seems to enable a smoother exit.

Attachment 319385
I will play follow the leader and change my homepage and search engine to duck duck go as well. Should I, though even if i have HTTPS?

One last thing, could the legacy Microsoft uninstall assistant software (not sure if that's the exact name) be used to get rid of the files left behind by a normal install? Such as the ones you mentioned? Or is it better to just delete manually?
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26 May 2014   #113
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Also I'm not sure what these "background apps" are but unchecking seems to enable a smoother exit.
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1184722?hl=en

Chromium Blog: Amping Up Chrome's Background Feature

A Guy
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26 May 2014   #114
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
What to click?

I just meant click the arrow on the banner until it displays "Chrome"

The most SECURE browser?-fix-tracking.jpg

Attempting to answer some of your other questions:

If you set default search engine to DuckDuckGo it seems to use https where possible anyway. If you use any other search engine get the https everywhere add on.

As for your question:
"Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors" .... if it poses a risk, as stated in your post, in Chrome... Shouldn't we just leave it disabled?

It's down to personal choice.

Suggested reading: Web Browser Security Revisited (Part 4) :: Web Application Security :: Articles & Tutorials :: WindowSecurity.com

The only reason that I enabled it on a temporary basis was because you asked about it!

As UNI has found - there does seem to be a bug and the browser crashes under certain circumstances with this feature enabled. I suppose that this bug will be ironed out in a forthcoming release.

I'll check out collusion in Aviator and see what happens. In my case - probably not much but I'll try disabling as many anti tracking methods as I can. It's not supposed to be a permanent add on - just something to help you understand who's sending information about your surfing habits to other sites.

EDIT: DuckDuckGo seems to use https where possible.

Adding https everywhere doesn't hurt!


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26 May 2014   #115
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Thanks for the info!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Also I'm not sure what these "background apps" are but unchecking seems to enable a smoother exit.
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1184722?hl=en

Chromium Blog: Amping Up Chrome's Background Feature

A Guy
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26 May 2014   #116
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Aviator vs Collusion

Unfortunately the Collusion extension won't add to Aviator so if you want to see it in action you'll have to add it to Chrome!
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26 May 2014   #117
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

"Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors" .... if it poses a risk, as stated in your post, in Chrome... Shouldn't we just leave it disabled?

Yes, leave it off - but we are also attempting to help Aviator fix their problems; hence the video :-)

Yes, Aviator sends the do not track info...
...but most websites seem to ignore that
...so you need more anti-tracking measures.

I'm not too worried about tracking...
...hence my use of OpenDNS
...which sells my DNS query data.
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26 May 2014   #118
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Removal?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exitPr0gram View Post


One last thing, could the legacy Microsoft uninstall assistant software (not sure if that's the exact name) be used to get rid of the files left behind by a normal install? Such as the ones you mentioned? Or is it better to just delete manually?
Personally whenever I uninstall anything I do a manual search for leftovers (Folders, files and registry) and delete when found. I make sure that I've got a backup though!
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26 May 2014   #119
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exitPr0gram View Post


One last thing, could the legacy Microsoft uninstall assistant software (not sure if that's the exact name) be used to get rid of the files left behind by a normal install? Such as the ones you mentioned? Or is it better to just delete manually?
Personally whenever I uninstall anything I do a manual search for leftovers (Folders, files and registry) and delete when found. I make sure that I've got a backup though!
I got you. "If you want it done right, do it yourself."

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
"Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors" .... if it poses a risk, as stated in your post, in Chrome... Shouldn't we just leave it disabled?

Yes, leave it off - but we are also attempting to help Aviator fix their problems; hence the video :-)

Yes, Aviator sends the do not track info...
...but most websites seem to ignore that
...so you need more anti-tracking measures.

I'm not too worried about tracking...
...hence my use of OpenDNS
...which sells my DNS query data.
That's awesome cause i'm trying to help them improve as well. It's a good feeling knowing you can browse safely on your home machine

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Unfortunately the Collusion extension won't add to Aviator so if you want to see it in action you'll have to add it to Chrome!
That sucks. Added it to Chrome, though. Made by the same guys as Disconnect, too.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post

The only reason that I enabled it on a temporary basis was because you asked about it!
I appreciate that.
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26 May 2014   #120
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Another settings issue

When attempting to change cookie settings to:

Allow local data to be set (recommended)

there's no way that the setting will stick. I wonder if that could be related to the last window size and position issue?

The most SECURE browser?-local-data-settings.jpg


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