Wrapping Up The Week: Improving Browser Support

We’ve been working hard on browser support for Spybot for the last few months. There are dozens of browsers out there these days (most of which are Chrome and Mozilla clones, of course, but all with their own special features), so our browser support has grown a lot.

In the past we had this little tool called Browser Cache Information, which basically shows what Spybot can read. We recently used it to test the improved support, then got carried away and tried to make the content easier to browse. To make it possible to search. To filter. To categorise…

  • … to give the curious a way to find what they are looking for in their browser data.
  • … give cyber forensics a quick way to find specific types of information from all installed browsers.
  • … give parents a way to check if the family computer is being used to visit unapproved sites.

So it basically became a fresh rewrite, now called BrowsAlyzer. BrowsAlyzer is still a tool to browse the browsing data that browsers store (cache, cookies, history, bookmarks, start pages, search pages), with new categories for extensions.

    • But it also integrates with Spybot Anti-Beacon to create a list of all entries across browsers and categories that could be considered tracking.
    • It integrates with Spybot Identity Monitor to create a list of visited websites that have been compromised in the past.
    • Of course, it integrates with Spybot itself to show a list of cookies and hosts that Spybot wants to block.
    • It allows to open cache files in Nir Sofer’s great NirSoft tools to view cache information, to view databases raw internally or with external tools like DB Browser for SQLite.
    • It brings external sources like the Steven Black hosts files that can help to list all the entries that fit his categories like porn, social, gambling, &c.
    • Of course you can create your own search filters using domain names or even regular expressions.

Last week we added support for displaying Chrome extension block lists, as they’re an upcoming feature in Spybot Immunisation.

Are you missing features in BrowsAlyzer? Send us your feedback on our forums, Facebook, or Reddit!