[tor-talk] Invaded by disconnect.me

Joe Btfsplk joebtfsplk at gmx.com
Sat Jun 6 02:06:32 UTC 2015

Don't know much about Disconnect, except what their Privacy Policy states.
(and that they are a U.S. company?)

3. We share your personal info only when legally required, or when 
reasonably necessary to prevent harm in an emergency situation.
4. We retain your personal info, excluding info you make public, for no 
more than 30 days _after you request_ deletion.

Would that raise questions if it's the best choice for Tor users?

On 6/1/2015 1:09 PM, Kevin wrote:
> 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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