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    Pineapple is offline Junior Member
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    Default Proxy settings don't take effect.

    In an effort to block ads in Chrome like AdBlock Plus does for FireFox, I am using proxy services to block ads. I tried this first on my Vista laptop. At first, I used Privoxy, which listens to 127.0.0.1:8118. I was able to set up a proxy for it just fine. Then I tried BFilter, which listens to 127.0.0.1:8080. It also worked just fine.

    I would provide an image, but on previewing the post, I got this message:
    You are only allowed to post URLs to other sites after you have made 15 posts or more.
    I then tried this on my Windows XP PC. First I tried Privoxy (I hadn't discovered BFilter at the time), set up the proxy, everything was dandy. When I discovered BFilter, I adjusted the port to 8080 and clicked ok. I then got this error message:

    ERROR

    The requested URL could not be retrieved

    While trying to retrieve the URL: <Website URL>

    The following error was encountered:

    Connection Failed to 127.0.0.1:8118
    The system returned:

    connection refused
    The remote host or network may be down. Please try the request again.
    Notice it says it's listening to port 8118. I had adjusted it to listen to port 8080, but it doesn't seem to realize that. When I open the LAN settings, it still says 8080, but Chrome thinks it needs to listen to 8118.

    I figured it might be a problem with the folder being checked as read-only, as was the case with installing FFXI in Vista (what a nightmare).

    I tracked down the install folder for Chrome, which is in
    H:\Documents and Settings\<My name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome
    (Note to staff: let us choose where to install it.)

    The folder was marked as read-only. I unchecked the read-only box. It went through a process of removing the read-only tag from all files and folders inside the Chrome folder. I closed the properties box, re-opened it, and it somehow said it was read-only *blinkblink*
    This particular error seems to be a common (and annoying) problem in Windows XP and Vista, and I have no clue how to fix it. I won't attempt to until I can narrow down the reason for the proxy options misbehaving.

    I'm at a loss as what to do. I even uninstalled/reinstalled it and changed the proxy to BFilter settings, but it still listens to the Privoxy port when I use a proxy server. Is there any way to fix this bug?
    Last edited by Pineapple; 01-05-2009 at 02:58 AM.

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    Pineapple is offline Junior Member
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    Does anybody know? :[
    Any solutions I try towards the read-only problem don't keep the box unchecked, so I'm hoping the problem can be fixed from within the browser itself.

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    Pineapple is offline Junior Member
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    ....I found the bug. it wasn't with the browser itself, it was with how BFilter was set up. When I installed it, it must have seen that I had Chrome pointing to a specific proxy (Privoxy), and BFilter pointed itself to that proxy. Even though I had port forwarding off, BFilter still wanted to forward to Privoxy. I have it pointing to my antivirus now, internet works well through it, and yay, no ads.

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