fastestfox and too many connections

Faraaz Damji lists0 at
Fri Apr 2 08:59:16 UTC 2010

Got in touch with the admin (email address posted here:  Hope I asked the right question.

Here is the response.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: fastestfox and too many connections
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 01:40:17 -0700
From: Yongqian Li
To: Faraaz Damji <lists0 at>


Thank you for this email.

Yes, FastestFox should obey Tor's settings. FastestFox is an Firefox
addon, and so it uses the API provided by Firefox to connect. Thus, it
will end up using whatever settings Firefox is configured to use.

The Awesomebar search queries Google using Google's AJAX API. Again,
this is using Firefox's API so it should obey whatever proxy settings
Firefox has been configured to use.

If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask me.

Yongqian Li

On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 12:46 AM, Faraaz Damji <lists0 at> wrote:
 > This message was posted on Tor's or-talk mailing list.  I think you are
 > probably best positioned to answer.
 > As you may know, Tor is an anonymity network.
 > I believe M's question basically boils down to, "does fastestfox obey 
 > settings entirely"? This includes DNS resolves and auto-searches with the
 > "Awesomebar", which should be done over the proxy (I believe 
torbutton sets
 > proxies for HTTP, SSL, and SOCKS v5).
 > Thanks.  If you want to reply directly:
 > Otherwise if you reply to this message I will forward it to the list for
 > you.
 > -Faraaz
 > -------- Original Message --------
 > Subject: fastestfox and too many connections
 > Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2010 10:36:40 +0500
 > From: M <moeedsalam at>
 > Reply-To: or-talk at
 > To: or-talk at
 > 2 Questions:
 > - Does anyone know where the addon "fastestfox" compromises anonymity?
 > When i type anything in the address bar, it seems to do some type of
 > search and a dropdown list appears with choices. Will this "search" be
 > obeying TOR settings?
 > - Yesterday i opened the network map and it showed that TOR had created
 > like over a hundred circuits. First time i have seen that!
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