Web Shield Online web tracker lets you reclaim privacy

Web Shield from Webshieldonline is an online tracking tool that lets you find out who all are tracking your activities, once you visit any website, using its databases of web trackers on the internet. I came to know about this and decided to check it out.

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I installed the privacy and web tracking tool from its home page. All of its files appear to have been installed in the system Program Files folder and the \Programdata\WebShield\ folder locations. I also saw its Uninstall entry in the Control Panel.

My WinPatrol confirmed that only a new service, C:\Programdata\WebShield\WebShiledService.exe, was installed to start with Windows. I was not offered to install any third-party software or toolbar during installation, at the time of writing this post, nor did I see any toolbars added to any of my browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Opera.

Now after installing this tool, when users visit any website, they will see a small balloon in the bottom right corner of the web page, listing the trackers on that page.

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Clicking on it will open another windows that gives you more details and lets you allow or block a particular tracking service. By blocking trackers, you can protect your privacy as well as increase your browsing speed.

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Clicking on View History, will take you to your web page on the site, where you can see your tracking history.

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You can see their processes and the resources they consume in the Windows 8.1 Task Manager.

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Is Webshieldonline safe & legit

I was asked this question a few days back by a TWC reader. Is Web Shield Online safe & legit? I have to state as follows:

As I mentioned earlier, it did not force any crapware on my computer. Its online reputation varies from 100% at Webutation, Safe on McAfee SiteAdvisor to Unsatifactory on WOT. It has been judged as 100% Virus Free by Norton Secured. But before you decide to use it, you may want to have a look at what its says on its website:

In order to keep Web Shield free, we’ve partnered with high-quality ad providers and you may see additional ads when Web Shield is installed. We do not allow any really annoying ads, sexual content, or intrusive media; we’ve only partnered with high-quality ad providers to deliver the best user experience possible.

You can download Web Shield online web tracker free and get more details about it from its home page. I found that it worked on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome but not Opera.

Let us know what you think of it!

You may also check out privacy tools like Ghostery and PrivacyFix.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

9 Comments

  1. Ziggy

    How is this different to Ghostery? Interested to know as I’m using Ghostery with Firefox and seems to do a pretty good job at blocking trackers…

  2. Boss

    *different FROM

  3. Ziggy

    Ok! (Point taken). What is the difference between these two trackers?

  4. Thank you, @Boss! The increasing occurrence of the wholly incorrect “different to” rather than the only-right-way-to-say/write-it “different from” — even with TV newscasters/commentators, who should KNOW better — is driving me to distraction in life. I’m guessing it’s a thorn in your side, as well, hence your calling Ziggy on it. Good for you. No offense, Ziggy, but it’s not a small thing. This stuff matters. That said, Ziggy, if you’re from the UK, you may potentially be forgiven purely on commonality of usage grounds. Read on…

    As with many parts of speech, there are often simple ways to intuitively determine which is the right way to say or write things. For example, the use of “I” versus “me” when joined with a proper name by the word “and,” such as…

    Bill and [I vs. me] went to the store.

    …is easily discerned by simply breaking it apart, as in…

    * Bill went to the store.
    * [I vs. me] went to the store.

    …at which point “I” rather than “me” becomes the painfully-obvious choice. The only correct way to say it, then, is:

    Bill and I went to the store.

    Similarly, determining one’s choice of preposition (either “from” or “to”… or even “than”) following the adjective “different” is easily intuited, to wit: The word “different” is just a short way of saying/writing “to differ,” and one would never say or write “to differ to” or “to differ than.” Therefore, the unquestionably best (and many, including me argue the only correct) preposition after the acjective “different” is “from.” Period.

    However, that said, there are many other adjectives which do not conform to the construction of their parent verbs. For example, derivatives of the word “accord” may be correctly used as both “accords with” and “according to; and then there’s “derogatory to” but “derogates from.” So, obivously, there are rule exceptions, largely stemming from common usage over time.

    “Different than” is sometimes used to avoid the cumbersome either “different from that which,” or “different from which,” as writer Samuel Richardson famously used in “a very different Pamela than I used to leave all company and pleasure for”.

    There is also the regional factor to consider, hence the reason I suggested the Ziggy could potentially be forgiven if he’s from the UK. The Collins Cobuild Bank of English shows choice of preposition after the adjective “different” to be regionally distributed as follows:

    U.K. writing …… 87.6% “from” ….. 10.8% “to” ….. 1.5% “than”
    U.K. speech ….. 68.8% “from” ….. 27.3% “to” ….. 3.9% “than”

    U.S. writing …… 92.7% “from” ….. 0.3% “to” ……. 7.0% “than”
    U.S. speech ….. 69.3% “from” ….. 0.6% “to” ……. 30.1% “than”

    So, as you can see, “to” following “different” is actually somewhat more commonly used in speech in the UK than it is in the US; ad I’m in the US, so it makes sense that it rubs me and the less than 1% of Americans who use it the wrong way. But some roughly one quarter of Brits routinely do it, and so a considerably larger-than-that number of Brits find it less vexing to the ear. So if Ziggy’s a Brit, then that makes his use of it somewhat more potentially forgivable. [grin]

    The bottom line is that there’s no question — none — that it’s “different from.” Period.

    But, as the reader can see, there’s a little bit of wiggle room in it, too. [grin]

    And there’s ALSO the conundrum of comparing degrees of things… in which “different than” becomes normative; as in:

    * X is more different from Y than is Z.
    * So, yes, X is more different than Z (with “from Y” being implicit)

    Then we have the interesting and exceptional rule-benders: In one forum where this was being debated, one poster wrote, “I’d rather be different than boring! Is that different from the usages under discussion?” [grin]

    Bottom line: Always begin with “drifferent from,” and only deviate with good reason.

    __________________________________
    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi.
    Veritas nimium altercando amittitur.

  5. Ghostery is older, I believe, and likely better. In fact, I’ve found that Ghostery is even better than DO-NOT-TRACK-ME. I used them side-by-side for about a year and noted which tool blocked what, and it finally got to the point, after a while that there was almost no difference between them; and since I like Ghostery’s interface better, and because Ghostery’s not trying to sell me anything, I dropped DO-NOT-TRACK-ME and now have Ghostery, alone (in addition to AdBlock-Plus, and a HOSTS file, and some other tools).

    It’s worthy of note that Ghostery’s dev has made me furious by insisting that his app never shows any pop-up information bubbles as long as one turns them off in Settings; but no matter what one does, the bubble telling me that Ghostery’s database just updated keeps annoyingly showing. He has ranged from denial of that to not responding when I’ve repeatedly called him on it, and so I recently made sure that my complaint about it appeared in two places on Ghostery’s Chrome Store page, in its HELP system, and in comments beneath articles and blog postings about it. Hopefully he’ll soon wise-up and bygod make it so that *ALL* bubbles cease if they’re turned-off in Settings.

    Other than that, though, Ghostery is, as nearly as I can tell, best-of-breed. In addition to being, I believe, more mature than WebShieldOnline, I believe it’s better maintained; and Ghostery never tries to sell me anything (whereas WebShieldOnline admits that it occasionally displays product promtions).

    For me to say that Ghostery is positively better, though, would require me to actually research, as I did with Ghostery versus DO-NOT-TRACK-ME. I certainly like Ghostery better, for whatever that’s worth. My gut tells me that it’s better; and its database is really complete; and constantly updated. Pretty much nothing gets past it, anymore.

    So, I dunno… I say Ghostery is the only choice… but, hey… that’s just me…

    …again, for whatever that’s worth.

    __________________________________
    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi.
    Veritas nimium altercando amittitur.

  6. Ziggy

    Wow. A complete lesson in grammar after a simple request for a comparison of two trackers. I am impressed. No offense taken because I always look forward to insightful comments from learned bloggers. I do think that I need to be pardoned because I’m from “down under” and, last time I checked, Australia is still part of the Commonwealth. Thanks fellow bloggers and have a wonderful new year. The internet is a better place for such folk.

  7. Deepeejay

    I can’t get it to do anything positive on my Acer Win 7 64 bit laptop using Chrome – it appears to be read only. The notification “balloon” displays for about 10 seconds and that’s it. How do I change the display settings?
    It’s a lemon….

    I’m off to inspect Ghostery and will report in due course as to its efficacy.

  8. Deepeejay

    Well I have just spent a few minutes with Ghostery and I’m impressed – clear instructions, options easily accessed and good explanations available. It’s the one for me.

    Bye bye WebShield

  9. kiran

    how can i disable this web sheild

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