The Classic Browser FAQ - MP © Copyright 2017/18

Table of Contents:

  1. Whom would you recommend this browser for?
  2. When I first run the program I got the Windows warning: "This software is not digitally signed..."
  3. How do I install plugins in this browser?
  4. How do I install an Ad-Block to this browser?
  5. How do I delete this browser's surfing history?
  6. How do I clear this browser's cache?
  7. Does this program change my Windows registry or other settings?
  8. Can search redirectors and other malware affect/infect this browser?
  9. How can I set it as the default browser?
  10. My auto-logins don't seem to work!
  11. My camera and mic don't seem to work!
  12. Can I edit the User Agent string?
  13. Does the browser update automatically?
  14. How can I check this browser's security and technology capabilities?
  15. Can industry-strength browser interrogating software retrieve my Internet activity and/or other details?
  16. Does the browser silently connect to Google servers?
  17. Can I use this browser for my Internet banking?
  18. I get disk error messages when I try to add/edit bookmarks!
  19. The Classic requires Admin privileges so how can I install it on a network's workstations?
  20. How does this browser treat cookies?
  21. What is that black window that briefly appears and disappears when you exit the program?
  22. Is there a portable version?
  23. Is there a 64bit version?
  24. Any chance of getting this browser for other operating systems?
  25. Can I get the source code?
  26. I tried to download the program but I keep getting redirected to other sites!
  27. More questions?

1. Whom would you recommend this browser for?

Experienced Windows users who are in control of their systems but also want control of their Internet life and value their privacy.

2. When I first run the program I got the Windows warning: "This software is not digitally signed..."

That's because we refuse to pay the likes of "Verisign" or "GlobalSign", hundreds of dollars for one of their so-called "trusted publisher certificates". It's all a scam and we're not falling for it any more than we fell for the "secure site" (HTTPS) scam.

3. How do I install plugins in this browser?

You can't because plugins and extensions are not supported. The Classic offers tremendous power natively equivalent to about two dozen extensions for others so if there is something the browser cannot do that would be beneficial to everyone then we'd like to hear about it and maybe implement it natively.

4. How do I install an Ad-Block to this browser?

You can't and you shouldn't. Use the Windows HOSTS file instead which is the NATIVE Windows way of dealing with ads and much more and with a zero overhead on the browser. For more info about the HOSTS file read here...

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

5. How do I delete this browser's surfing history?

You don't need to because it is not kept. Once you exit the browser the Chromium engine session is completely blown away automatically. Meaning: C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\The Classic Browser.

6. How do I clear this browser's cache?

The Classic is a dynamic cache-less browser so there's no cache to clear which also means that ETags (good or bad ones) are ineffective with this browser.

7. Does this program change my Windows registry or other settings?

The installable version of the program simply adds a desktop icon and program menu shortcuts upon installation but no other changes to your system are made.

8. Can search redirectors and other malware affect/infect this browser?

No because it is not programmable by 3rd parties (not a Trojan Horse) but it *can* be affected by an infected operating system and smart redirectors will infect at the OS level.

9. How can I set it as the default browser?

You don't really need to but if you must simply R-click on any .htm or .html file and select "Always open these file types with..." and guide it to the executable file Classic.exe.

This link explains things in detail: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/18539/windows-7-change-default-programs

10. My auto-logins don't seem to work!

You need to add your website membership account details one-off for auto logins to work under Main Menu > Site Memberships > Add. NB: The Chromium session is deleted upon program exit so forget about Chrome's method.

11. My camera and mic don't seem to work!

They are disabled by default under Main Menu > Browser Options > Content Settings and you *may* have to restart the browser for some option changes to take effect... I think this one too.

12. Can I edit the User Agent string?

No such option was included in case it is abused. We pursue spam bots with vigor so an empty or weird User Agent may trigger unfriendly behavior towards you on our site and many others.

13. Does the browser update automatically?

The first stage of automatic updates has been completed which detects and prompts to download for now. As for automatically updating after the download it's a little difficult because this program is a desktop Web App so it's not a simple matter of replacing one or two .DLL files but the whole package needs to be replaced.

14. How can I check this browser's security and technology capabilities?

Go to... Main Menu > Browser Options > Miscellaneous Tools > Browser Analysis. We also have a "browser comparison tests" page online which you may find interesting.

15. Can industry-strength browser interrogating software retrieve my Internet activity and/or other details?

They can try but they won't find anything to retrieve from the Classic, other than your menus and account details. Internet activity is not kept on the hard disk at all.

16. Does the browser silently connect to Google servers?

Only if you use Google's search engine and/or other Google services. We've disabled all other Google connecting/spying that is built into Chromium, and there were LOTS!

17. Can I use this browser for my Internet banking?

Absolutely... it supports all the latest encryption algorithms that modern online banking demands, but you should first add your banking details to the "Membership Sites" from the main menu if you plan to use this site often.

18. I get disk error messages when I try to add/edit bookmarks!

Exit the program and R-click on its desktop icon followed by... Properties > Advanced > Run as Administrator > OK, or copy the program's folder to the C:\ drive and use that copy instead.

19. The Classic requires Admin privileges so how can I install it on a network's workstations?

Now we have a portable version which should be fine on workstations but for an installable version you can copy the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\The Classic Browser to a low-privilege directory such as C:\The Classic Browser so that non-Admins can use it.

20. How does this browser treat cookies?

By default the Classic accepts all cookies (unless disabled in the options) so as not to impede logons and other online user-interaction, but once you exit the browser it'll blow them all away regardless of cookie type so you could say it treats all cookies as "session cookies". This means that all logons will disconnect upon browser exit which is in the user's best interests.

21. What is that black window that briefly appears and disappears when you exit the program?

Upon program exit the browser calls an internal batch file that blows away the 20 odd megabyte previously locked Chromium session created on your hard disk because we don't need it and we like our privacy.

22. Is there a portable version?

There is now... but once you install the installable version to a system you can copy the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\The Classic Browser to any other Windows computer and there's no reason why it shouldn't work because this program has no special installation requirements. You can copy its folder to the C:\ drive for non-Admin usage.

23. Is there a 64bit version?

Browsers don't do anything special that would require 64bit memory addressing (usage of >4GB of memory) and/or 64bit floating point maths/calculations so it doesn't make sense to compile a 64bit version which would only result in a bigger, more memory hungry and far slower browser. Keep in mind that 64bit processing results in DOUBLE the number of processor machine cycles for every single (Opcode) instruction and with absolutely no gain whatsoever except for software like AutoCad that need complex floating point Maths and access to >4GB of system memory. The bottom line is that 64bit does NOT mean faster processing and it is not suitable/necessary for all software, most of which will happily run in under 4GB of memory including this browser. For the Classic, WOW64 remains the best model for 32bit/64bit systems.

24. Any chance of getting this browser for other operating systems?

Not unless a kind volunteer steps forward to offer their services to port it over. If you happen to be that seasoned (in Node-Webkit) porting person, do get in touch thanks.

25. Can I get the source code?

Not unless you'd like to join us and help out. There are lots of things needed to be done to keep this project going. One of the most time-consuming is maintaining the XP version so if you have the web skills and would like to help out drop us a line. Thanks.

26. I tried to download the program but I keep getting redirected to other sites!

It sounds like you are triggering the anti-bot script. If you have an empty user agent or a suspicious non standard one like "abcde" or are carrying a document referrer that is in our list of spam referrers (empty is ok), then you'll trigger the anti-bot script which hijacks and redirects you to parts unknown, so please avoid appearing like a bot.

More questions?

Please note: If your question is not answered here feel free to write to support@theclassictools.com as we're always happy to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to read this.



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