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Example Configuration Guide for Microsoft Edge (Development Channel) on Windows 11

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1.) Download and deploy Microsoft Edge

2.) Select channel/version -> Dev (Preview)

3.) Select build -> Major.Minor.Minor.Minor (Major Revision, highest minor revision, etc)

4.) Select platform ->Windows 64-bit -> DOWNLOAD

5.) Configure the Hosts file to block the startup widgets

5A.) Start Menu -> Run -> CMD -> notepad "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts"

5B.) Edit the hosts file so it resembles the following, and then save it:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#	127.0.0.1       localhost
#	::1             localhost

0.0.0.0	ntp.msn.com

6.) Enter this into the address bar to modify the following flags -> edge://flags/

Enable:

#ignore-gpu-blocklist
#disable-accelerated-2d-canvas
#ui-disable-partial-swap
#enable-gpu-rasterization
#enable-experimental-web-platform-features
#disable-accelerated-video-decode
#disable-accelerated-video-encode
#enable-webgl-draft-extensions
#enable-zero-copy
#enable-force-dark
#block-insecure-private-network-requests
#enable-parallel-downloading
#edge-automatic-https
#edge-autoplay-user-setting-block-option
#edge-backspace-key-navigate-page-back
#edge-experimental-tracking-prevention-features
#edge-mf-clear-playback-win10
#edge-playready-drm-win10
#edge-widevine-drm
#edge-visual-rejuv-materials-menu
#edge-visual-rejuv-materials-title-bar
#trust-tokens
#enable-prerender2
#omnibox-trigger-for-prerender2
#enable-first-party-sets
#sameparty-cookies-considered-first-party
#partitioned-cookies

Disable:

#show-autofill-type-predictions
#enable-webassembly-baseline
#enable-webassembly-tiering
#enable-webusb-device-detection
#overscroll-history-navigation
#enable-suggestions-with-substring-match
#omnibox-ui-max-autocomplete-matches
#edge-wdag-optional-network-isolation
#u2f-security-key-api

The Following Represents a Selectable Software Library based on available Hardware APIs for Integrated or Discrete Graphics Cards / Adapters ( edge://gpu/ )

#use-angle OPENGL / D3D9 / D3D11 / D3D11on12

Optional Enable (somewhat useful for self-signed certificates on stub resolvers configured as local ODoH servers) -> 

#allow-insecure-localhost

7.) Configure Browser Settings

Three Horizontal Dots on the Right Side of the Menu Bar -> Settings (Gear Icon)

Profiles -> Microsoft Rewards -> Disable: Earn Microsoft Rewards in Microsoft Edge
Profiles -> Personal info -> Disable: Save and fill basic info
Profiles -> Personal info -> Disable: Save and fill custom info
Profiles -> Passwords -> Disable: Offer to save passwords
Profiles -> Payment info -> Disable: Save and fill payment info
Profiles -> Profile preferences -> Disable: Allow single sign-on for work or school sites using this profile

Privacy, search, and services -> Tracking prevention -> Strict
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data -> Choose what to clear every time you close the browser
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data on close -> Enable: Browsing history
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data on close -> Enable: Download history
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data on close -> Enable: Cookies and other site data
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data on close -> Enable: Cached images and files
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data on close -> Enable: Passwords
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data on close -> Enable: Autofill form data (includes forms and cards)
Privacy, search, and services -> Clear browsing data on close -> Enable: Site permissions
Privacy, search, and services -> Privacy -> Disable: Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved
Privacy, search, and services -> Security -> Disable: Microsoft Defender SmartScreen
Privacy, search, and services -> Security -> Disable: Turn on site safety services to get more info about the sites you visit
Privacy, search, and services -> Security -> Enable: Use secure DNS to specify how to lookup the network address for websites
Privacy, search, and services -> Services -> Disable: Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
Privacy, search, and services -> Services -> Disable: Suggest similar sites when a website can't be found
Privacy, search, and services -> Services -> Disable: Save time and money with Shopping in Microsoft Edge

Appearance -> Disable: Collections button
Appearance -> Disable: Feedback button
Appearance -> Disable: Show mini menu when selecting text
Appearance -> Disable: Show smart actions

Cookies and site permissions -> Location -> Disable: Ask before accessing
Cookies and site permissions -> Camera -> Disable: Ask before accessing
Cookies and site permissions -> Microphone -> Disable: Ask before accessing
Cookies and site permissions -> Motion or light sensors -> Disable: Allowed
Cookies and site permissions -> Notifications -> Disable: Ask before sending
Cookies and site permissions -> Ads -> Disable: Block on sites that show intrusive or misleading ads
Cookies and site permissions -> Background sync -> Disable: Allow recently closed sites to finish sending and receiving data
Cookies and site permissions -> MIDI devices -> Disable: Ask when a site wants to use system exclusive messages to access MIDI devices
Cookies and site permissions -> USB devices -> Disable: Ask when a site wants to access USB devices
Cookies and site permissions -> Serial ports -> Disable: Ask when a site wants to access serial ports
Cookies and site permissions -> File editing -> Disable: Ask when a site wants to edit files or folders on your device
Cookies and site permissions -> Protected content IDs -> Disable: Allow sites to play protected content / Allow identifiers for protected content 
Cookies and site permissions -> Clipboard -> Disable: Ask when a site wants to see text and images copied to the clipboard
Cookies and site permissions -> Payment handlers -> Disable: Allow sites to install payment handlers
Cookies and site permissions -> Virtual reality -> Disable: Ask when a site wants to use your virtual reality devices and data
Cookies and site permissions -> Augmented reality -> Disable: Ask when a site wants to create a 3D map of your surroundings or track camera position
Cookies and site permissions -> Application links -> Disable: Automatically block or allow apps based on a list from Microsoft

Downloads -> Disable: Open Office files in the browser

Languages -> Disable: Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language I read
Languages -> Check spelling -> Disable: Enable spellcheck

System and performance -> System -> Disable: Continue running background extensions and apps when Microsoft Edge is closed
System and performance -> Optimize Performance -> Disable: Turn on efficiency mode
System and performance -> Optimize Performance -> Disable: Save resources with sleeping tabs

8.) Install Addons

 

8A.) Adblock Plus

8B.) Adblock

8C.) Disable HTML5 Autoplay

8D.) TrafficLight

8E.) User-Agent Switcher and Manager

 

Disable HTML5 Autoplay: (Default Mode: Disable nothing)

www.reuters.com autoplay-only
www.delfi.lt autoplay-only

ADBLOCK PLUS:

Adblock Plus -> Options -> Settings -> Advanced -> +ADD FILTER LIST VIA URL (in this order)

8F.) Spam404 -> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Spam404/lists/master/adblock-list.txt
8G.) NoCoin Filter List -> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hoshsadiq/adblock-nocoin-list/master/nocoin.txt
8H.) I don't care about cookies -> https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/i_dont_care_about_cookies.txt

8I.) Fanboy's Annoyances -> https://fanboy.co.nz/fanboy-annoyance.txt

Alternate lists already included in Fanboy's Annoyances: 

8I1.) Fanboy's Notifications Blocking List -> https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/fanboy-notifications.txt
8I2.) Fanboy's Social Blocking List -> https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/fanboy-social.txt

8J.) EasyPrivacy+EasyList -> https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/easyprivacy+easylist.txt
8K.) CPBL Filters for ABP & uBO -> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/bongochong/CombinedPrivacyBlockLists/master/cpbl-abp-list.txt
8L.) ABP filters -> https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/abp-filters-anti-cv.txt
8M.) OISD Full -> https://abp.oisd.nl/

EXAMPLE ADBLOCK PLUS CUSTOM FILTER LIST:

@@||www.defensenews.com/$document
@@||www.militarytimes.com/$document
@@||www.c4isrnet.com/$document
@@||www.fifthdomain.com/$document
@@||news.usni.org/$document
@@||www.c-span.org/$document
@@||www.armytimes.com/$document
@@||www.haaretz.com/$document
@@||www.spiegel.de/$document
@@||www.airforcetimes.com/$document
@@||www.electronicdesign.com/$document
@@||www.marinecorpstimes.com/$document
@@||www.federaltimes.com/$document
@@||www.navytimes.com/$document

Adblock -> General Options -> Enable local content caching for popular website libraries

Adblock -> Options -> Filter lists -> AdBlock custom filters ( https://cdn.adblockcdn.com/filters/adblock_custom.txt )

 

EXAMPLE ADBLOCK CUSTOM FILTER LIST:

stackoverflow.com##DIV[class="ff-sans ps-fixed z-nav-fixed ws4 sm:w-auto p32 sm:p16 bg-black-750 fc-white bar-lg b16 l16 r16 js-consent-banner"]
serverfault.com##DIV[class="ff-sans ps-fixed z-nav-fixed ws4 sm:w-auto p32 sm:p16 bg-black-750 fc-white bar-lg b16 l16 r16 js-consent-banner"]
superuser.com##DIV[class="ff-sans ps-fixed z-nav-fixed ws4 sm:w-auto p32 sm:p16 bg-black-750 fc-white bar-lg b16 l16 r16 js-consent-banner"]
math.stackexchange.com##DIV[class="ff-sans ps-fixed z-nav-fixed ws4 sm:w-auto p32 sm:p16 bg-black-750 fc-white bar-lg b16 l16 r16 js-consent-banner"]
tex.stackexchange.com##DIV[class="ff-sans ps-fixed z-nav-fixed ws4 sm:w-auto p32 sm:p16 bg-black-750 fc-white bar-lg b16 l16 r16 js-consent-banner"]
https://adclick.g.doubleclick.net/*
https://s0.2mdn.net/*
https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/*
https://cdn.adgrx.com/*
https://*.w55c.net/
https://c.amazon-adsystem.com/*
https://trc.taboola.com/*
https://*.outbrain.com/*
http://www.outbrain.com/*
https://airfoil-assets.condenastdigital.com/*
https://securepubads.g.doubleclick.net/*
https://www.dianomi.com/*
c.evidon.com/*
https://ad.doubleclick.net/*
https://ad-delivery.net/*

 

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