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    Thumbs up Two privacy-oriented forks of Google's Chromium

    I used to recommend SRWare's Iron, until I noticed it made unsolicited requests to googleapis, gstatic and 8.8.8.8, even with all privacy-compromising features turned off. Here are two forks of the Chromium browser that promise to be better.

    Iridium Browser

    The iridiumbrowser is based on the Chromium code base. All modifications enhance the privacy of the user and make sure that the latest and best secure technologies are used. Automatic transmission of partial queries, keywords, metrics to central services is prevented and only occurs with the approval of the user. In addition, all our builds are reproducible and modifications are auditable, setting the project ahead of other secure browser providers.
    https://iridiumbrowser.de/

    ungoogled-chromium

    ungoogled-chromium is a set of configuration flags, patches, and custom scripts. These components altogether strive to accomplish the following:
    * Disable or remove offending services and features that communicate with Google or weaken privacy
    * Strip binaries from the source tree, and use those provided by the system or build them from source
    * Add, modify, or disable features that inhibit control and transparency (these changes are minor and do not have significant impacts on the general user experience)
    https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium

    I have only tried the latter so far, and it seems to deliver.
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    I hope we are not in a time that we can't enjoy a google-free life. Nice addition anon
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    Right now an ultra light weight browser that supports chrome plugins, netflix and twitch would be the bomb.
    But these are awesome too Nice find
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sazzy View Post
    Right now an ultra light weight browser that supports chrome plugins, netflix and twitch would be the bomb.
    My dream browser would combine Opera 12's interface with Firefox's customizability and Chrome's speed.
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    I've been using ungoogled-chromium since creating this thread and have zero complaints. It is everything I (falsely) expected from Iron and Chromium back in the day.

    A Windows port of version 66 was recently released after a long time without updates. The new YouTube design is much faster than it was on version 55, probably a Google conspiracy to make us upgrade

    https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium
    https://ungoogled-software.github.io...mium-binaries/
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    After using version 66 for two months I have two minor complaints now.

    • Chromium sends UDP broadcasts every two minutes even if the media router extension is disabled.
      Solution: open chrome.dll in a hex editor, replace the only instance of 239.255.255.250 with 0.0.0.0 and save.
    • Chromium always launches the crash reporter processes even if Breakpad is disabled.
      Solution: open chrome.exe in a hex editor, replace the only instance of crashpad-handler with xyxyxyxy-handler and save.

    Also, don't forget to block Google Public DNS, 1.1.1.1 is probably a better alternative.

    Code:
    rem if 1 = loopback interface
    route -p -4 add 8.8.8.8 mask 255.255.255.255 0.0.0.0 metric 1 if 1
    route -p -4 add 8.8.4.4 mask 255.255.255.255 0.0.0.0 metric 1 if 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by anon View Post
    After using version 66 for two months I have two minor complaints now.

    • Chromium sends UDP broadcasts every two minutes even if the media router extension is disabled.
      Solution: open chrome.dll in a hex editor, replace the only instance of 239.255.255.250 with 0.0.0.0 and save.
    • Chromium always launches the crash reporter processes even if Breakpad is disabled.
      Solution: open chrome.exe in a hex editor, replace the only instance of crashpad-handler with xyxyxyxy-handler and save.

    Also, don't forget to block Google Public DNS, 1.1.1.1 is probably a better alternative.

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    rem if 1 = loopback interface
    route -p -4 add 8.8.8.8 mask 255.255.255.255 0.0.0.0 metric 1 if 1
    route -p -4 add 8.8.4.4 mask 255.255.255.255 0.0.0.0 metric 1 if 1
    anon - did you try writing a suggestion on github? maybe the coder will read it.
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    I'm too lazy to check if this also occurs in the official Chromium and make a GitHub account to report it if it doesn't or report it to Google if it does.

    If anyone wants to do it, they're welcome, you don't need to credit me for the discovery or anything
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    Quote Originally Posted by pleasenocheating View Post
    You're a hero and a patriot I'll keep an eye on that issue and relay more details to you if they're required.
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    Thanks to pleasenocheating relaying my bug report for me, I found that upgrading to 67.0.3396.87-3 fixes the problem with the UDP broadcasts without having to patch anything as long as you disable the Media Router via group policy.

    Code:
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Chromium /v EnableMediaRouter /t REG_DWORD /d 0x0 /f
    However, it swaps that for a different issue: a 8 MB metrics file is created every time you start the browser, which can quickly bloat your profile. This problem is known and being worked on (see https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled...ment-403540390); a workaround for the time being is to disable writing to the BrowserMetrics directory via file system permission lists (note that on Windows at least, just making it "read only" won't work).
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