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  1. Varjak

    Varjak Mobile Deity

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    Has anyone here used Ultrasurf? With recent events, I've read a few things about Ultrasurf and Freegate and was wondering what people's experience is. I checked out the Ultrasurf site, and it doesn't give much info. I'd be interested to see if it would allow me to see certain video sites that are restricted to their home countries.


    http://www.ultrareach.com/
     
  2. r0k

    r0k Dazed

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    It looks like a proxy. So you would look like you were surfing from the country where the proxy server is located. It comes as zip or exe files and a Firefox add-on. Ultrasurf is something I would not go near unless I had no choice. I don't like the lack of information on the author's web site. Blocked video sites doesn't seem to be enough of a priority for me to let some undocumented exe file inside my firewall. Now if I was in Iran, trying to see photos of the mourning protests on CNN, that would be a different story.
     
  3. palmgeek5394

    palmgeek5394 Nokia N800 + HTC Wizard

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    It doesn't seem to be very different from Freegate or Tor. It's not undocumented and you don't need any Firefox addons, just a few proxy changes. It apparently changes a couple registry keys, but apparently nothing too serious. Scan it with your antivirus(es) first, then make sure you have an AV running while it is in case anything that would normally be blocked slips through.

    Here are a few links on it:
    http://alternativeto.net/desktop/ultrasurf/
    http://technopedia.info/tech/2008/08/12/ultrasurf-probably-the-best-proxy-server.html
    http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/proxybusters-part-1-ultrasurf

    The only reason I'd stay away from it is because it'd be a PITA to make everything point to the same proxy, etc. It does seem much easier than Tor (which requires more configging). I guess the only way to find out is to try it (I'm going to do it in a VM first).
     
  4. palmgeek5394

    palmgeek5394 Nokia N800 + HTC Wizard

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    It runs okay in XP Home in VirtualBox. I scanned it with Avast! and some other antivirus, neither of which found anything. It doesn't need installing, but for some reason it kept asking me to install a Chinese language pack from my XP CD. Apparently a couple things are still in Chinese. I googled for stuff, and I didn't find anything I couldn't find otherwise. Avast still hasn't found anything suspicious, but this isn't something I'd recommend for general use. FF does require a minor proxy tweak (see above) while it's designed to work with IE.

    It's not worth messing with your FF settings, but you might be able to see your videos in IE. Try it.
     
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