ProxTube rebranded to ProxFlow long after toolbar inclusion fiasco - gHacks Tech News

ProxTube rebranded to ProxFlow long after toolbar inclusion fiasco

ProxTube started out as a useful browser extension for Chrome that allowed you to access country-restricted websites similar to other extensions of its kind such as MediaHint or Hola Unblocker.

This changed when users started to notice that the extension was displaying the FoxyDeal toolbar on shopping websites such as Amazon without their consent.

The team reacted quickly and released a new version that included a prompt asking users whether they wanted to support the extension by enabling FoxyDeal in the browser.

ProxTube is no longer listed on the Chrome Web Store. It appears though that the developers made the decision to start with a clean slate and launch a similar extension under a new name.

Proxflow is that extension. You can use it to bypass restrictions on the following websites: YouTube, Grooveshark, Pandora, NBC, Fox and Songza.

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The extension icon indicates whether it is enabled or not. You need to flip the switch next to each supported site to enable or disable it on it.

The FoxyDeals toolbar is no longer included as part of the extension. While that is definitely the right move, it does not mean that the extension won't alter some of the web pages that you visit.

When I enabled it on Pandora.com for instance, it displayed an advertising banner for a period during the reload before Pandora was loaded. On YouTube, it displays a support banner underneath the video on blocked video pages.

Additional information about the extension are available on the official website. It is unfortunately displaying 500 internal server error messages currently. While that is the case, the functionality of the extension itself does not seem to be affected by this at all.

After you have installed the extension you are redirected to proxprice.com/info/. Here you are reminded that running ProxFlow servers is expensive, and that you can support the team by installing the company's ProxPrice extension which is a price comparison extension for the Chrome browser.

Note that you do not have to do so. The ads and social bars displayed in the browser will stay on the other hand.

The ProxFlow page on the Chrome web store does not reveal the fact that the extension may display advertisement in the browser, and while it is definitely not as severe as the FoxyDeals toolbar, it needs to be mentioned on that page so that users know that in advance.

The extension works well on supported websites and while some users may be able to live with the ads it injects and displays on websites, I won't be using it for exactly that reason.

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ProxTube rebranded to ProxFlow: still displays ads
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ProxTube rebranded to ProxFlow: still displays ads
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The geo-restriction unlocker ProxTube has been renamed to Proxflow. It is now again available on the Chrome Web Store.
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  1. yan said on May 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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    NO HELP for iran country !!

  2. Dwight Stegall said on May 16, 2014 at 3:07 am
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    My favorite is http://www.freesafeip.com/ There is also a paid version.

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