[tor-talk] Will TOR interfere with anything on my dell laptopwith Windows?

Kraktus kraktus at googlemail.com
Thu Apr 21 18:49:02 UTC 2011

It works not only with Firefox, but with a wide variety of other web
programs, including a number of chat clients, etc. It is a SOCKS
proxy, and thus not limited to only ports 80 (normal web) and 443
(encrypted web), although a few commonly abused ports are blocked on
most exit nodes.

However, the pre-configured Firefox it the Tor Browser Bundle (and
also JonDoFox, which made some different choices, such as including
NoScript even for Windows users) has been configured to increase the
security and privacy of your browser for use with Tor so it keeps you
more anonymous. With Internet Explorer, you don't get that protection,
nor, to my knowledge, is it possible to configure Internet Explorer to
provide equivalent protection.

However, Internet Explorer's settings are treated as system settings
by a number of programs. So if, for example, you wanted you AntiVirus
to check for updates through Tor, setting Internet Exploer to use Tor
might do the trick. Then again, maybe not: it is optional for other
programs to respect Internet Explorer's settings. If you really want
to be sure, you'd have to check the settings of your AntiVirus or
force it through a socksifier.

If I were you, I'd configure IE as best I could, and then go on to use
the Tor Browser Bundle or JonDoFox anyway. That way, you'll get the
security/privacy enhancements of the pre-configured Firefox, but
you'll also get anonymity with applications that respect Internet
Explorer's settings, and if you ever need to look at an IE-only
webpage anonymously, IE will be ready for you.

On 17 April 2011 20:06,  <cluelessboston at safe-mail.net> wrote:
> Thanks for the info.  Does it only work with Firefox?  Can I use it with Internet Explorer?
> Thanks in advance.
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: Moritz Bartl <moritz at torservers.net>
> Apparently from: tor-talk-bounces at lists.torproject.org
> To: tor-talk at lists.torproject.org
> Subject: Re: [tor-talk] Will TOR interfere with anything on my dell laptopwith  Windows?
> Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 20:17:24 +0200
>> On 04.04.2011 19:58, cluelessboston at Safe-mail.net wrote:
>> > I need to get TOR in able to see a certain website(s).  I'm nervous about installing it as I don't want it to interfere with my other existing programs and my windows operating system etc.....  does anyone know if this will be seamless?
>> >
>> > THanks in advance!
>> Yes. You can choose to download the "portable" Tor Browser Bundle. Or
>> you can even install the Vidalia bundle, and all it will do is add the
>> Torbutton extension to your Firefox. The rest will stay untouched, and
>> you can remove it any time.
>> Each application you want to use with Tor needs to be configured to use
>> it. Many applications can use Tor as a SOCKS proxy properly, but many
>> others can not. If you want to use Tor just for websites, all you have
>> to do is install the Vidalia bundle (and enable Torbutton in Firefox).
>> It is probably good to set up a separate Firefox profile for Tor.
>> --
>> Moritz Bartl
>> https://www.torservers.net/
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