My Windows web browser

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Contents:

1   Overview
2   Screenshot
3   Features
4   Caveats
5   Installation



1. Overview.

I've been working on a web browser for MS-Windows since about 2001. This document discusses the browser and provides a free downloadable copy.

Presently, the browser supports Windows 98/NT/XP. It may work under MS-Vista and Windows 7, but these OSes haven't been tested. The current version is based on John T. Haller's Portable Firefox.

Future versions may switch from a Portable Firefox base to Portable IceCat if it becomes available. This should bypass any problems related to the Firefox® trademark that may arise.




2. Screenshot.

Here's a screenshot. Note:This is an MS-Windows browser, but the screenshot shows it running under Linux (through Wine).


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3. Features.

Summary of features:

3.1. The browser is portable. If you copy the browser's main folder (Bobzilla) to a Flash stick, everything goes with the folder, including settings.

3.2. The browser can coexist with Internet Explorer and standard Firefox®. It doesn't overwrite or replace either browser. However, you may not be able to run it at the same time as standard Firefox®.

3.3. Over 100 configuration settings have been tweaked to improve performance and security. For more information, click here.

3.4. Numerous extensions have been added. Some of the extensions include local fixes or enhancements. Related features: Preferences Toolbar, real-time weather reports, blocks ads and spyware, enhanced page capture (including attached files), annotation of captured pages, can pass control to Internet Explorer, flexible zoom, Restart Browser command, password export and import, can merge multi-part articles to produce a single page, Minesweeper-style game, ability to fine-tune Google's® behavior, Greasemonkey scripts, etc.

3.5. The ad-blocker includes some filters of my own design. They've proved to be reasonably effective.

3.6. Standard versions of Firefox® include spyware; specifically, a “feature” named “ping”. The spyware “feature” has been disabled.

3.7. There's a built-in E-text library that provides open-license books, stories, and articles. Examples include the award-winning S.F. novel Accelerando, Lawrence Lessig's book on intellectual property (Free Culture), a graphic novel from Duke University that discusses copyright law (Bound By Law), the classic fantasy Flatland, the King James Bible, Cory Doctorow's Craphound, Lewis Shriner's Sitcom, etc.

3.8. The browser comes with built-in programs that support DOC and PDF documents, XLS spreadsheets, and various multimedia formats (MP3, MPEG, etc.). Note: If you check the screenshot provided above, you'll see icons for these programs on a utilities toolbar.

3.9. There's also a built-in image editor (the GIMP) that's similar to Photoshop®. The GIMP isn't as powerful as Photoshop®, but it's more than adequate for many common tasks.

3.10. The built-in programs include 7-Zip, which can open 7Z, CAB, CPIO, DEB, RAR, RPM, TAR, TGZ, and ZIP archives. Additionally, the browser itself can open MAFF and MHTML archives directly.

3.11. The browser comes with a few useful RSS feeds predefined. Note: You can use the Bookmarks manager to add or remove feeds.

3.12. The default theme has been replaced with an alternative theme (Noia 2.0 eXtreme) that's attractive and comfortable.




4. Caveats.

There are two caveats:

  • Some extensions have been modified. For example, my version of Diggler fixes a bug that caused menu items to accumulate. The modified extensions aren't official versions, so they can't be updated.

  • In some cases, problematic browser security features have been turned off. For more information, review the browser configuration file provided. To do so, click here.




5. Installation.

This section provides quick-start instructions. If there's any interest, additional documentation will be added later.

To download the browser, use the link shown below.

  1. Bobzilla.zip

If there's more than one link in the preceding list, note that some of the links may take you to hosting sites may have ads and popups. If possible, use a web browser that blocks popups. Additionally, if you've got NoScript, you may need to turn it off temporarily.

Quick-start instructions:

The web browser is provided in a ZIP file. Download the ZIP file. Use WinZip or a similar program to unpack it. If necessary, use 7-Zip, which you can obtain from the following page:

MS-Windows Portable 7-Zip page

You can unpack the ZIP file anywhere that's convenient. A Flash stick will work, and if you're looking for a portable browser, this is recommended. The unpack procedure should create a folder named Bobzilla. Inside the Bobzilla folder, you'll see a folder named program. Inside the program folder, you'll see an EXE file named Bobzilla.exe. Create a shortcut to the EXE file, and you're ready to go.

The new browser won't overwrite Internet Explorer, Firefox®, Opera, etc. However, you can't run it at the same time as Firefox®. Close Firefox® before attempting to run the new browser.

As shown in the screenshot, the browser provides two Help links. There's one Help link on the menu toolbar at the top, and another one on the Links toolbar. For more information about the browser, use the second Help link.




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For acknowledgments related to CSS and other code used, click here.

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Other unique content on this page, excluding screenshots, is distributed under the following license: C.C. Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0. In some cases, screenshots are distributed under the same license. In other cases, the associated program's license applies.

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