Google Groups Filter / Killfile Browser

Browser Application Version 1.3.0
Updated August 26 2006
This is the .EXE file for the Google Groups Twit Filter / Killfile program. It is written in Visual BASIC 6.0 and therefore you might also need one or more of the files listed below under "Supporting files."
Source Code Visual BASIC in a PKZip file The program uses Microsoft's HTML Type Library and the WebBrowser ActiveX control.
Supporting files if you need them


If you run the .EXE file and it tells you there is a file missing, you may download the missing file here and place it in the same directory you placed the .EXE file.
This image shows a sample of the program after it has navigated to Google Groups. The yellow face on the screen, with a "straight mouth," tells the user that there were no articles filtered on the web page.
This is an image of the options list. Google Groups has an advertising fram that may be removed or left alone depending upon the selection of the first option.

Google Groups has two basic web page formats where people may select articles to read (Page One Format) and then read them (Page Two Format). The Page One Format type shows lists of articles based upon the Subject: line; the Page Two Format type shows the individual articles for that message thread. See the images below for exampes.

If you want this browser to go to Google Groups upon start-up, check the forth option in the list.

If you want to know where in the web page that an article has been removed, you may have the program place a marker showing that location by checking the last option in the list.

One may also open up the options dialog box via the new "Killfile" link next to the usual Google Groups configuration line.
The filter is curretly specific to the article's author (the "From:" line in a usenet article's header). Since Google Groups munges the actual header line, you will wish to enter here the munged version just as Google Groups presents it.

Future versions will include filtering on other usenet article headers such as Posting Host and Subject lines.

The program adds a URL link next to the article author's name. Selecting that link will place the author's name into the filter's list, and the program will also "Beep." If you try to add the name twice nothing will happen, and no "Beep" will sound.
This is a sample image of a Type One Page. It is a list of articles in a single newsgroup. In this example the "Show Filter Marker" option has been selected. Note that when a web page has been filtered, the yellow face in the upper left corner smiles.
This image is of a Type Two Page. This type of page shows the articles in a single thread.
If all of the articles on a page have been filtered, the AutoNavigate option (see option list dialog window above) will automatically navigate to the next (Older) page if the option is checked.