[tor-talk] Invaded by disconnect.me

gary02121993 at openmailbox.org gary02121993 at openmailbox.org
Mon Jun 1 05:26:14 UTC 2015

Oh man this sucks! Why isn't StartPage the default search engine anyway?
Can someone link me the back story?

On 06/01/2015 07:23 AM, benjamin barber wrote:
> top kek
> On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 8:41 PM, Mirimir <mirimir at riseup.net> wrote:
>> On 05/31/2015 08:55 PM, Paul A. Crable wrote:
>>> Perhaps someone could help me here.  On version 4.5.1 of the Tor
>> (Firefox)
>>> browser, the search field, to the right of the place to enter the URL,
>> now
>>> has a symbol on it that is proprietary to disconnect.me.  I have also
>>> found that while working on the WWW, from time to time a screen comes up
>>> from direct.me asking me to enter search terms and to select the search
>>> engine to use.
>>> It appears that disconnect.me has hijacked the search field in Foxfile,
>>> and also found a way to interpose it's own search screen when URL's
>> cannot
>>> be found.  I have done nothing to make this happen, and unfortunately
>>> don't know what I can do to make it go away.
>>> Can anyone explain why this is happening?
>>> Until now the default search engine for Tor was Start Page, but that's
>>> gone.  Is Tor no longer using Start Page as the default search engine?
>>> I expect this kind of thing with a standard browser, but I thought Tor
>> and
>>> Foxfile had pretty well locked things down to prevent this kind of thing
>>> happening.
>>> Any thoughts?
>>> Paul
>> At first, I was just going to say that disconnect.me is the default
>> search option in Tor Browser 4.5.1. But then I see on the blog:[0]
>> | Last comment for the disconnect search add-on on on mozillas
>> | add-on pages does not sound good.
>> |
>> |
>> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/disconnect-search/reviews/678756/
>> |
>> | >This plugin should enhance security, but in fact is doing
>> | quite opposite.
>> | Disconnect-search is regularly uploading plugin settings and
>> | usage data, along with unique user ID, browser Agent string
>> | and IP address not only to the developers website, but to
>> | third parties as well (amazon servers of unknown account and
>> | adobe stats servers).
>> |
>> | That is confirmed in the discussion about a different bug:
>> | https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1166692#c1
>> Some clarification would be good.
>> [0] https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-451-released
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