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Hello to all, Since late 2020 I have been searching for a relatively new browser that could run on Windows XP because I have an old but very nice laptop that I want being functional. In my quest I found the Firefox based browsers (K-meleon, Mypal, etc.) but they were a little heavier for my laptop. I then searched if there was a Chromium based browser and I found out the thread below and started testing the 360 Extreme Explorer (the Russian Repack version). https://msfn.org/board/topic/182304-extreme-explorer-360-chromium-78-86-general-discussion/ Other interest links: http://retrobrowsers.com/windowsxp https://msfn.org/board/topic/182794-updated-browser-list-for-windows-xp/ http://forum.ru-board.com/topic.cgi?forum=5&topic=50704 The main issue was the connections that the browser made with servers in China. I thought that I could bypass that issue by using a firewall with a lot of rules, but I changed my mind later because that was not a proper way to fix this problem. Then I discovered from some websites and users in this platform (thanks for that) that those connections could be erased through modifications in the browser files. I tested this discovery a little, and got really good results. In order to deal with the original source, I downloaded the browser directly from the chinese page and started modifying the corresponding files. I do not know exactly what the RuRepackers did to their version of the browser and I really do not want to get involved in knowing it. The RuRepackers made some of the changes to the browser through the "User Data" folder. That folder appears only when the browser is executed once. I did not wanted to follow that approach because if you lose or delete the folder for whatever reason, the browser will launch with the default settings like if it were downloaded directly from the original chinese page. Through some files (being "chrome.dll" one of the most important) I managed editing those default settings and made them work to not depend on a single run of the browser to be able to modify it. All the changes I followed comply with the following conditions: 1) Remove every chinese unwanted connection. 2) Delete unnecessary files. 3) Translate and correct text to English. If 1) is not satisfied, a modified version of this browser should not be posted (security is first). In my experience, after all the changes related to 1) were made, I did not find chinese connections when using the browser. Please tell me if you find any. However 2) and 3) may not be totally achieved due to the large number of files related with this browser. A partial achievement of 2) and 3) may be enough for the browser to work properly. I could add more conditions to the list above but only if the corresponding modifications can be made in the original files that come with the browser installer. The intention that I have with this browser is to provide a secure, well translated and without bloatware browser based on a relatively new version of Chromium that anyone can use to keep using their older OS (Windows XP), without having security worries and with the capacity of navigating through the web without much difficulty. The above conditions are based on a Chromium based browser called "Ungoogled Chromium" 84.0.4147.125 (Official Build) (32 bits) on Windows 7 SP1 x86. Most of the removed 360EE files do not appear in the Ungoogled Chromium browser and some translation work was based on this browser as well. Link to Ungoogled Chromium downloads (there are several pages that provide builds of this browser, this is from which I downloaded the version I use): https://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-binaries/ I also deleted everything related to the 360 account (it is not possible to login) since I do not think anyone want to use it. Compatibility: This browser works on Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 SP1 as far as I could test (the SSE2 instruction set is required). If there are problems in the execution of this browser on other OSes, I do not think it is possible to modify the files in order to make it work. Performance: The older versions of this browser run better on older and low resources computers. With v9 and v11 you can use the web pretty decently. However with v12 and v13, it starts behaving more slowly. Extensions recommended: - uBlock Origin --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=es - I don't care about cookies --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/i-dont-care-about-cookies/fihnjjcciajhdojfnbdddfaoknhalnja - Hotspot Shield Free VPN Proxy - Unlimited VPN --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hotspot-shield-free-vpn-p/nlbejmccbhkncgokjcmghpfloaajcffj - Enhancer for YouTube --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/enhancer-for-youtube/ponfpcnoihfmfllpaingbgckeeldkhle - Ruffle | Flash Player Emulator (does not work on v9) (to install it it is better to unpack the ZIP file yourself and then load it as unpacked) --> https://ruffle.rs/ - Dark Reader --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dark-reader/eimadpbcbfnmbkopoojfekhnkhdbieeh - uMatrix --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/umatrix/ogfcmafjalglgifnmanfmnieipoejdcf - NoScript --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/noscript/doojmbjmlfjjnbmnoijecmcbfeoakpjm - ViewTube (with this extension you can play YouTube videos using Windows Media Player or VLC) --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/viewtube/hfkkgpcjliaiakfgljddganibplpohgn - Privacy Redirect --> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/privacy-redirect/pmcmeagblkinmogikoikkdjiligflglb (If you want to add more, be aware that the more extensions you have, more resources the browser will use) Note: to download and keep extension files you can use the following page --> https://www.crxextract.com/ Programs used: - 7zip ---> https://www.7-zip.org/ - HxD Hex Editor ---> https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/ - TCPLogView ---> https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html - Resource Hacker ---> http://angusj.com/resourcehacker/ - Chrome PAK Customizer ---> https://github.com/myfreeer/chrome-pak-customizer - grepWin (Windows 7) ---> https://tools.stefankueng.com/grepWin.html - Diff Checker ---> https://www.diffchecker.com/diff - Online Unicode Tools ---> https://onlineunicodetools.com/convert-code-points-to-unicode - Deepl Translator ---> https://www.deepl.com/translator - Google Translate ---> https://translate.google.com/ - WinMerge ---> https://winmerge.org/ - LiveTcpUdpWatch ---> https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/live_tcp_udp_watch.html - Wireshark ---> https://www.wireshark.org/ - DNSQuerySniffer ---> https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html - GIMP (Linux) ---> https://www.gimp.org/ - Handwritten Chinese input ---> https://www.qhanzi.com/ Webpages that provide information about IP addresses: - Ip-info.org ---> https://ip-info.org/en/ - Ipinfo.io ---> https://ipinfo.io/ - IP Checker ---> https://ipinfo.info/html/ip_checker.php Screenshot of the browser: (360 Extreme Explorer, Ver: 13.0.2250.0, "Chrome" Theme) Modified Version download links: v9 --> (Updated 15/09/21) Version: 18.104.22.168 Based on Chromium: 63.0.3239.132 v11 --> (Updated 15/09/21) Version: 11.0.2251.0 Based on Chromium: 69.0.3497.100 v12 --> (Updated 15/09/21) Version: 12.0.1592.0 Based on Chromium: 78.0.3904.108 v13 --> (Updated 15/09/21) Version: 13.0.2250.0 Based on Chromium: 86.0.4240.198 Folder with all versions --> https://www.mediafire.com/folder/66b3bh2ob832r/15-09-21 See: https://retrosystemsrevival.blogspot.com/2019/05/360-extreme-chrome-browser.html Note: The changes I made are so many that maybe some little errors related to translation and/or the building of the modification notes can be present so please tell me if you find any. Also, if you want to propose something else, please be aware that I do not have a lot of free time and that at any moment, I could be gone for a while for whatever reasons (I do not intend to be rude with this comment, feel free to speak yourself). If anyone wants to help, it will be truly appreciated. Themes: You can change the theme for v11, v12 and v13, and only to the "Classic", "Chrome" and "Dark" themes. The steps involve the file "Preferences" in the User Data/Default path. Open it with a text editor and search for the "jisu9" entry and modify the original line you will see, to --> "id": "jisu9" --> Classic theme to --> "id": "jisu9_chrome" --> Chrome theme to --> "id": "jisu9_dark" --> Dark theme Chromium's startup connections clarification: There are some connections that 360EE makes at startup that can be seen by programs such as Wireshark or LiveTcpUdpWatch, those connections are internal and are related to normal behavior in all Chromium-based browsers. Such connections have a meaning behind them: a bug fix, a connection check, a scan that the browser does for a service it provides, etc. At the first startup, all connections occur including the MSFN connections (welcome page). At the second start, the MSFN connections do not occur and only the following connections occur: (Wireshark in Windows 7 - The screenshot was made with https://screenshot.net/) As you can see, the connections are divided into 2 different types: A and B. The first one is related to an internal connection possibly related to a Chromecast service local scan. Ungoogled Chromium also has this behavior. See: https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/issues/436 https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/issues/884 https://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/user-resources#disable-media-router https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/623472/chrome-sending-data-over-port-239255255250/ https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/43299/why-is-vivaldi-connecting-to-239-255-255-250-port-1900-udp-ssdp-and-requires-it The section B connections are related to the 18942 issue fix. They can be disabled by using the "--disable-background-networking" flag in a shortcut. See: https://www.codevat.com/articles/chromium-background-connections/ https://mikewest.org/2012/02/chrome-connects-to-three-random-domains-at-startup/ Certificate issues: In order to get an encrypted connection with a website, the browser needs valid and updated certificates. Due to the actual conditions of Windows XP, the certificates need to be manually updated, if not, you will get certificate errors with 360EE (and with any Chromium-based browser) that you can "avoid" by unchecking the "Interceptate certificate risk" option in the "Settings > Advanced > HTTPS/SSL" path (this will avoid the "Certificate Error" page but the connection will not be encrypted). Below, there are some tools that help in the process of updating the certificates manually (thanks to @heinoganda, @blackwingcat and @i430VX) https://msfn.org/board/topic/175170-root-certificates-and-revoked-certificates-for-windows-xp/?do=findComment&comment=1110568 https://retrosystemsrevival.blogspot.com/2021/03/certificate-updates-for-windows.html http://i430vx.net/files/wsusstuff/ See: https://answerstoall.com/technology/what-are-digital-certificates-in-web-browsers/ Browser time discrepancies: If you note a discrepancy between the time of the computer and the time that the browser has, it is very likely to be related to a time zone change that was incorporated later by the region/country you locate in. You can check in this page if the time registered by the browser is synchronized with the time of the current time zone you have selected in your OS settings (in the "Time and date" configuration). If the time difference you get is exactly the same as the one provided by this page, you can (it is not strictly necessary) change to a different time zone that can let both clocks to be synchronized and consequently solve the time difference. There are some discussions on other sites about time zones not being displayed by the OS (because of some other problems or because of the problem I have already told) and some people suggest modifying the registry to be able to edit the time zone options. See: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-performance/winxp-time-zones-only-usa-time-zone-is-arizona-i/1a61dc57-d746-4211-8bea-c42417d5a2a7 https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/eastern-standard-time-zone/2b3e4ef7-5173-4c79-a9b1-563920d52b6b More Chromium settings: For those who want to dig into all the options and settings a Chromium-based browser provides, here are a few links that you may find very interesting to read: - Run Chromium with flags --> http://www.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/run-chromium-with-flags - List of Chromium Command Line Switches --> https://peter.sh/experiments/chromium-command-line-switches/ - How to Access Hidden Chrome Features and Settings Using the Chrome:// Pages --> https://www.howtogeek.com/104631/find-hidden-features-on-chromes-internal-chrome-pages/ Original download links (do not install directly on your computer, unzip with 7zip) (if someone wants to test or make its own modifications): v9 --> https://down.360safe.com/cse/360cse_22.214.171.124.exe v11 --> https://down.360safe.com/cse/360cse_11.0.2251.0.exe v12 --> https://down.360safe.com/cse/360cse_12.0.1592.0.exe v13 --> https://down.360safe.com/cse/360cse_13.0.2250.0.exe Some stuff I remember that I left behind (could not find the source of the problem and they are not a big issue): v9 - If you put the mouse over a tab that is reproducing audio, chinese text will appear (indication that the tab is playing audio) (could not find the source). - Adfilter option button on the browser preferences can not be removed since some modifications break the browser preferences page (this happens to all versions). - If you try to login in a platform and a small window appears in front of the one you where using (also with the floating bar in videos), and if you put the mouse over the close button of that window, it displays text in chinese (this happens to all versions) (could not find the source). v11 - Cannot modify the "chrome_elf.dll" file (specifically "crash.browser.360.cn" and "pvstat.qihoo.com" entries) (happens on v11, v12 and v13). v12 - New search-box style option displays some chinese text when it is checked and the "Settings" button (on the drop-down menu of the search-box) does not display the word "Settings" (could not find the source) (happens on v12 and v13). v13 - Developer tools are displayed in chinese. How to change to english manually --> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ho5IKFkXwlAZ77y87MX_zgp7CAMgAV_e/view?usp=sharing Thanks to all the following for the information I could gather for the modification of this browser: @Windows 2000, @VistaLover, @Sampei.Nihira, @win32, @DragonSC7601, @redapple0204, @blackwingcat, @404notfound, @Cixert, @thebuildone, @ArcticFoxie, @Dixel, The Russian Repackers, @dmiranda, @we3fan, @athlonxpuser and @Greyfox77 I really hope this can help someone. Cheers. - Humming Owl