Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

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Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#1 Post by __philippe » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:57 am

Forkle is a tiny, bare-bones HTML5 browser with a reduced attack surface.
Currently under active development (Last build)


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Main features:
● No extensions
● No tabs
● TLD domain whitelisting
● HTTP websites are blocked by default :!:
● No telemetry / No autosuggest (Your keystrokes remain private)
● Protection against Jscript zero-day exploits

Additional features:
● Tiny memory footprint
● Lightning-fast startup
● Full support for DuckDuckGo bangs
● Hardware-accelerated graphics
● Integrated ad blocker

Requirements
● Win7 or above
● Latest security patches MUST be installed (currently DEC2018)

Vital stats:
Forkle_x64.exe 1.72MB (v0.57.0.4 linked 01-JAN-2019)
Memory footprint    7,600K (@ launch time)

Beta warning
This is an experimental browser still in beta, with many features missing or incomplete.
Use at your own risk. (I did, and lived to tell the tale: no conspicuous adverse side-effect thus far...;-) )



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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#2 Post by __philippe » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:29 am

Forkle v0.58.0.3 released (Current build 05-JAN-2019)

Changelog:
Mostly a bugfix release, plus some nice ad-blocking improvements.


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BTW, I invited the developer to join TPFC and discuss baby Forkle's evolution...wait and see...;-)

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#3 Post by Napiophelios » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:48 am

VirusTotal gives v0.58.06 a clean bill of health.
https://www.virustotal.com/#/url/45694d ... /detection
But Windows claims it is a virus.
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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#4 Post by SYSTEM » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:23 am

Napiophelios wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:48 am
VirusTotal gives v0.58.06 a clean bill of health.
https://www.virustotal.com/#/url/45694d ... /detection
But Windows claims it is a virus.
Please report it to Microsoft as a false positive.
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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#5 Post by Napiophelios » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:27 am

SYSTEM wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:23 am
Please report it to Microsoft as a false positive.
Man Windows 10 is so annoying sometimes.

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https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/submission/a98f63f6-fbbc-4d1c-88c9-d1910c4d0abb
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EDIT: Okay they cleared it now. Guess I have to wait for the new definitions to open it :P
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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#6 Post by __philippe » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:40 am

@napiophelios @SYSTEM

Forkle v0.58.06

Phew...can hardly keep up with Forkle's releases pace... :o

Thanks for the false positive report, I passed the info to the developer.
(Who kindly declined the invite to join the forum right now,
« momentarily too busy with bugfixes and new features development »)
... :wink:
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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#7 Post by SYSTEM » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:02 am

Napiophelios wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:27 am
SYSTEM wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:23 am
Please report it to Microsoft as a false positive.
Man Windows 10 is so annoying sometimes.
So is Windows 8, then. That's the first version when anti-malware features were merged into Windows Defender. :P

And yes, it's also a common experience to me that Microsoft has already fixed the false positive when I report it.
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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#8 Post by billon » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:56 pm

__philippe wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:29 am
I invited the developer to join TPFC
svenfaw is already a member

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#9 Post by __philippe » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:12 pm

Well, I never... :o
Occasional TPFC poster (6x Portable Freeware Submission) since Dec 2015, indeed !
(developer)...kindly declined the invite to join the forum right now, « momentarily too busy with bugfixes and new features development »...
Let svenfaw carry on honing Forkle to perfection, undisturbed... :wink:

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#10 Post by __philippe » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:26 am

Forkle v0.60.0.14 released (Current built 28-JAN-2019)

Terse changelog :
• new context menu
• new session monitor
• improved memory usage *

* For instance:
  9.5MB browsing https://lite.cnn.io (not too shabby compared to other browsers)


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BTW, Just renewed @svenfaw invitation to come and visit TPFC again 8)

...to be continued... :wink:

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#11 Post by Midas » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:53 am

Forkle v0.64.0.352 released, dated 2019-03-04 (no changelog; version and checksum info at https://www.radsix.com/checksums.txt).

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#12 Post by __philippe » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:51 am

New Forkle intro blurb , as of v0.64.0.352 (04-MAR-2019), cogently restated
(...besides the odd locution "most simple" begging for a single superlative, but what do I know ?... :wink: )

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#13 Post by __philippe » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:18 am

Yet another Forkle release v0.64.0.371 (current built 2019-03-10)

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C:\mytools\sysinter\sigcheck64  -a -h -v forkle.exe

c:\Mytools\Forkle\forkle_x64\forkle.exe:
        Verified:       Unsigned
        Link date:      10:05 10/03/2019
        Publisher:      n/a
        Company:        Forkle
        Description:    Forkle
        Product:        Forkle
        Prod version:   0,62,0,371
        File version:   0,0,0,0
        MachineType:    64-bit
        Binary Version: 0.62.0.371
        Original Name:  Forkle
        Internal Name:  Forkle
        Copyright:      Forkle
        Comments:       n/a
        Entropy:        6.462
        MD5:    D435063645249BB3E30D2DF8A842A616
        SHA1:   CAE9C0F8B4DC50940CD52E82F7BBFB7E99EDEEA3
        PESHA1: 0F3A031D07A11663EC3D0B6E36C8E4016D7D603A
        PE256:  BC07F58C3C64F450E56EE97306D57C1C6E270EE4A0703BAAC73C26443250CF1D
        SHA256: 6E74F6C290B3EAE20C8856B6BF219B6AF569EE1142424E2886EDF8C7F4424012
        IMP:    8EBD66663CC7A662DC8DBCF2499062AC
        VT detection:   0/71
No official changelog, besides a slightly revamped Keyboard Shortcuts list:

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#14 Post by svenfaw » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:28 am

Hey guys,

Thanks for your interest and feedback. Sorry for the lack of a changelog, which will probably be added later when development pace gets a little slower. In the meantime here a few of the changes in 0.65.0.393 (just released):

- fixed YouTube fullscreen mode
- improved display of Gmail Basic HTML mode
- enabled VirusTotal URL reputation check functionality (see context menus)
- improved adblocking on certain sites
- improved memory management

Also, Forkle has no tabs, but there's a feature that you might not be aware of (as it's still undocumented): hold shift while clicking a link to open it in a new window.

Sorry for not being able to visit the forum more often. Hopefully in the future!

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Re: Forkle - Tiny Secure Web Browser (ß)

#15 Post by __philippe » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:17 am

Welcome (back) to @svenfaw comments about his quickly evolving Forkle toddler ! 8)

Any forecast yet for "outta-beta" celebration ? :wink:

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