[tor-talk] Invaded by disconnect.me

Kevin kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 18:09:41 UTC 2015

On 5/31/2015 10:55 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
It sounds like some form of malware to me.

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