Why do I see a yellow bird at so many sites?
Web sites are just beginning to adopt a standard called P3P that
allows Privacy Bird and other software to read their privacy
policies automatically. As more sites adopt this standard, you should
see red and green birds more and more frequently. If you are
interested in trying some of the sites that have already adopted this
standard, check out this list of P3P-enabled web sites.
When I see a red bird, how can I find out what is causing it to
Click on the red bird, select About This Site, then
select Policy Summary. At the top of the Policy Summary
is information about how this site's policy differs from your
personal privacy preferences.
I installed Privacy Bird but I don't
see any birds? Is it installed correctly?
To verify that the program installed
correctly, check to see if you have a "Privacy Bird" folder in your
"Program Files" folder on your computer. If you have this folder,
then the program is probably installed correctly. After logging onto
the Internet, open your IE web browser. Go to http://www.privacybird.com/
Look in the top right corner of your browser and
you should see a little bird.
If no bird appears, go to the IE Tools menu and
select Internet Options. Then
go to the Advanced tab. Look for the setting "Enable third-party browser
extensions" and see whether the box is checked or unchecked. If it is
unchecked please check the box. Then close all your browser windows. Open
IE again and see whether the Privacy Bird now appears in the top right
We have discovered that for a small number of users, this beta
Privacy Bird may conflict with other software already
installed on their computers. In those cases no bird will appear, even
though the software is installed correctly. We are working on trying
to correct this problem.
The Microsoft Windows Update site doesn't seem to work
anymore. What can I do?
Some users have reported that after installing
Privacy Bird, they have trouble loading the Microsoft Windows
Update web site. If you have this problem, please close the browser
window in which you are trying to load the update site. Then open a
new browser window. Click on the bird and select "Disable Privacy
Bird." Then go back to the update site. After visiting the update site
you can click on the bird and re-enable the Privacy Bird. On
subsequent visits to the update site you probably will not have any
additional difficulties, even if the Privacy Bird is enabled.
How can I uninstall Privacy Bird?
Find the PrivacyBirdSetup.msi file that you downloaded or download it again. Double click on it and follow the instructions to uninstall Privacy Bird from your computer.
Alternatively, you can use the following procedure to uninstall the software; however, it may not remove all of the files associated with Privacy Bird from your computer. Go to your Windows Start Menu and select Settings. Then
select Control Panel. Then select Add/Remove Programs.
You should see Privacy Bird on the list of
programs you have installed. Select it and click the
Change/Remove or Add/Remove button and follow the
instructions to remove Privacy Bird from your computer.
I cannot use PrivacyBirdSetup.msi. What do I
If you are running Windows 98/Me you may need to download
Microsoft Installer, you can download it here
Does Privacy Bird work with screen readers?
We have designed Privacy Bird to work with
screen readers. However, the beta version may not work with all screen
readers on all platforms. It has been tested with JAWS 4.0 and JAWS
3.7 screen readers on Windows NT and Windows 2000 platforms. It has
been tested with JAWS 4.0 and Windows Eyes 4.11 screen readers on
Windows 98 and Windows ME platforms.
The main menu (normally accessed by clicking on the bird icon) can
be accessed by pressing the F12 key together with the Ctrl and Alt
keys twice (Ctrl-Alt-F12 Ctrl-Alt-F12). It can be closed using the ESC
key. All menu items can be accessed in two ways: using the standard
up/down/right/left arrow keys, or using the short-cut keys announced
when you have arrow positioned on an item). Once the desired menu item
is selected, pressing the ENTER key will activate that item.
When a dialog box is displayed, the default button (usually 'OK')
can be accessed by pressing the ENTER key. The dialog can be closed
without saving by pressing the ESC key (equivalent to 'CLOSE'
button). Pressing 'H' key will display the help about that dialog box
wherever available. Users can navigate through the controls in the
dialog box (check-boxes, radio buttons, list items, buttons, etc) by
using the standard approach -- i.e., using TAB key and/or the arrow
keys. Some of the controls also have short-cut keys (which are
announced upon navigating through the items). Selection and
data-entry in these controls uses the standard approach as well. For
example, checking/unchecking of check-boxes is done by pressing the
You can navigate through the help files just as you would with any
other standard Windows Help. When the Help opens, the focus is by
default on the left (Topics) frame. You can switch between the left
frame and the right (Topic Help page) frame using the F6 key. In the
left frame, you can navigate through the item using the up/down arrow
keys, expand a book by pressing right arrow key or ENTER key, collapse
a book by pressing left arrow key or ENTER key. To read a topic's
help, select the desired topic on the left frame and press ENTER. This
will open up the topic's content in the right frame. You can then
press the F6 key to place the focus on the right frame, and the screen
reader will read the entire contents of the page. You can navigate
back to the left frame any time by pressing the F6 key again.
Is there a version available for Netscape?
No, not at this time.
Is there a version available for Macintosh?
No, not at this time.
Is there a version available for Windows 95?
No, Windows 98 is the oldest platform we support.