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Detailed information about PYTHON proxy: WebCleaner
Proxy Name WebCleaner
Language and version python version: 2.5
HTTP version 1.1
HTTPS Connect yes
Windows NTLM support yes
Last updated YYYY-MM-DD 2006-12-16
Platform all
Author Calvin (aka Bastian Kleineidam)
Home page http://webcleaner.sourceforge.net/
Primary features Range of filtering/blocking techniques, html parsing, javascript engine (SpiderMonkey), recognizes known browser attacks, XML DTD for describing filters and rewrite rules

From the project page

  1. remove unwanted HTML (adverts, flash, etc.)
  2. popup blocker
  3. disable animated GIFs
  4. filter images by size, remove banner adverts
  5. compress documents on-the-fly (with gzip)
  6. reduce images to low-bandwidth JPEGs
  7. remove/add/modify arbitrary HTTP headers
  8. configurable over web interface
  9. usage of SquidGuard blacklists
  10. antivirus filter module
  11. detection and correction of known HTML security flaws
  12. Basic, Digest and (untested) NTLM proxy authentication support
  13. per-host access control
  14. HTTP/1.1 support (persistent connections, pipelining)
  15. HTTPS proxy CONNECT and optional SSL gateway support
License GPL
Design Architecture Asyncore
Notes Derived from Amit's Proxy 4.