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    Default Speeding up TOR

    Some of us might use TOR + Privoxy so I'd like to share some code to speed up TOR slightly.

    If you use TOR, you probably have experienced slow connections sometimes. Below, I'll attempt to give instructions to speed up TOR.

    First thing is you will need to have Vidalia bundle installed. (obviously)

    Next, double-click the icon for Vidalia Control Panel in your task bar. This should bring up the Vidalia Control Panel

    Click on "settings" to bring up the settings screen.
    Click on the "Advanced" button to bring up that tab.
    Take not of the path to the "Tor Configuration File".
    Go to that location and open up the "torrc".

    ***Alternative to the above instructions***
    Go to START - PROGRAMS - VIDALIA BUNDLE - TOR - TORRC

    This will open up the Torrc in notepad.

    ******
    Make a backup of torrc before editing.

    After you get the torrc open, at the end of it, paste the following code:

    Code:
    # Try for at most NUM seconds when building circuits. If the circuit isn't
    # open in that time, give up on it. (Default: 1 minute.)
    CircuitBuildTimeout 5
    # Send a padding cell every N seconds to keep firewalls from closing our
    # connections while Tor is not in use.
    KeepalivePeriod 60
    # Force Tor to consider whether to build a new circuit every NUM seconds.
    NewCircuitPeriod 15
    # How many entry guards should we keep at a time?
    NumEntryGuards 8
    Go back to the Vidalia Control Panel from the task bar and click Stop Tor, then Start Tor. This will restart Tor.

    Hope this helps and if anyone else knows of any other settings that can optimize TOR for maximum performance, please feel free to add to this thread.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    Great post Chris.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    I"ll try it tonight,

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    thanks, i hope this will increase tor speed dramatically, because it's always so slow or not working at all for me..

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    at some providers you can get unlimited downlod!!
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    Thanks I will gice it a try

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    Thanks, this has always been a problem for me, I'll give it a go right away
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    TOR is excellent. I've used it to post some good digg comments
    I wonder if you can choose to have IP from selected countries ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by florentin View Post
    I wonder if you can choose to have IP from selected countries ...

    Coming soon from the looks of it. hxxp://www.pickaproxy.com

    Chris

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    Thanks for this, I'm trying it now. I'm glad you posted here.

    pickaproxy looks interesting. I hope they start operating soon as it would save me the headache of checking proxy lists for my tools.

    cricket

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    Awesome. I've been looking for something like this for a while.. Thanks

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    Thanks!
    I try this one.

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    cool i hope this works and thanks for the pickaproxy link

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    nice info, I use Tor time to time, hopefully I can use this service as well.
    thanks for sharing .

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    Thanks for the code. I will try it tonight. Happy New Year!

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    what in god's name is TOR???
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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    Since no one told me, I figured it out on my own

    Lets test this post and I will confirm if it changes speed
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    Well I tried it, my experience is that original tor functions faster without this code.
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    No significant difference with the changes. I suppose Tor just magically gets fast sometimes, and sometimes it's slow, and we gotta live with it.

    (Or pay for some private proxies.)

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    thanks for the code.
    from initial impressions there seems to be no great difference but lets see. i hope to TOR my cpm site, hehehehe

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    Hi all,

    The code above doesn't speed the connection speed of TOR up. The speeds to the different nodes can't be changed.

    What it does is help in moving on when a node/circuit is unresponsive. Basically, reduces the timeout time for the circuit before looking for another path. This decreases wait time on finding a path to complete your request.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    got to say that after dropping this into my tor setup i definantly noticed an improvement, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fouad Aslam View Post
    thanks for the code.
    from initial impressions there seems to be no great difference but lets see. i hope to TOR my cpm site, hehehehe
    Using TOR on your CPM site can get you into trouble. It's too easy to detect by any serious com network. It's fine for anonymity, but it leaves footprints that can let servers know that TOR is being used.

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    Thanks that really does make a difference.

    It is still slow as a ____, but that's just the way it is I guess.

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    Oh one other thing I wanted to add that might speed things up a little more, at least for those with a *nix server handy.

    On my Windoze lappy I configured it to use TOR on my Linux server to speed things up and use a few less CPU cycles...

    If you are using tor through privoxy, or using the Firefox Torbutton plugin with privoxy (the default arrangement) you will need to edit your privoxy config file (on your client machine) so that your 'forward-socks4a' line reads something like the following:

    forward-socks4a / 192.168.1.2:9100 .

    Next be sure that your sever is ready to handle incoming requests.

    Add the following to your /etc/tor/torrc file (at least that's where it is on my Linux box)..

    SocksListenAddress 192.168.x.x:9100 (server's IP addressort)

    Restart Tor on the server and Privoxy on the client(s) and you should be good to go.

    I'm not sure how much it will help you, but I found it made a difference especially if you add the other settings mentioned earlier to your server config. Best of all under this config, you also only have to add those only once and then you'll have the speed bump on all your PCs that use Tor.

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    Thanks for the tweak, Chris. Didn't seem to make much difference but still worth a shot.

    Gary

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    thanks! TOR is a great tool

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    You guys might want checkout this firefox addon ,called Tor-Proxy.NET
    You can choose Tor or JonDos/JAP which is another network.
    JonDos/JAP is claimed to have some speed-improvements.
    I tested it out sometime it does seem to be better,but not so much.
    Anyway worth ashot!

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    I apologize if this has been asked already, but does anyone know of a way to make tor use US nodes only?

    This together with a auto reload type ff plugin may be good for some side cash via CPM Its pretty blackhat but it may work since its all auto pilot.

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    Default Re: Speeding up TOR

    Thanks.... Tor is painfully slow sometimes.

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    Thanks, its always snail pace and hardly worth using anymore.

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    Question Re: Speeding up TOR

    I've used Tor via TorButton for a while but since I've upgraded Firefox to 3.0.1 it comes up with and error something like '...Tor button has restricted xxxx as a workaround for a security bug in FF...' Does anyone else get this?

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    I just recently started to use TOR but it was so painfully slow I was about to give up. I'll give this a shot!

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    thanks for info..

    ANyway is there a way how to ''TORify'' specific application if that application dont have proxy support?

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    No(t really).

    TOR uses HTTP proxies. Most other programs use different types of connections than HTTP, so you're stuck with Socks or naught.

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    ok then is it possible to make TOR work for entire internet connections on PC?

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    HTTP ONLY WORKS FOR BROWSERS.

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    Is says you can change TOR settings to limit US proxies only by using us.pickaproxy.com / 8125.

    How do I go about changing the settings within TOR to do that (step by step please)? Anyone successfully done that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beyondrecruiters View Post
    Is says you can change TOR settings to limit US proxies only by using us.pickaproxy.com / 8125.

    How do I go about changing the settings within TOR to do that (step by step please)? Anyone successfully done that?
    does anyone know how to do this???

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    Quote Originally Posted by beyondrecruiters View Post
    Is says you can change TOR settings to limit US proxies only by using us.pickaproxy.com / 8125.

    How do I go about changing the settings within TOR to do that (step by step please)? Anyone successfully done that?
    Pardon the bump-up but I'm really dying to get an answer for this one. Thanks!

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    Thanks man...I think will help me to speed up TOR when I use it.

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    I think you can speed tor up some more by selecting exitnodes. I choose only US exitnodes

    Log notice stdout
    SocksListenAddress 127.0.0.1
    CircuitBuildTimeout 5
    KeepalivePeriod 60
    NewCircuitPeriod 15
    NumEntryGuards 8
    StrictExitNodes 1
    ExitNodes Dukeman,team06,port3,ArulSelvan,boobsaregreat,boob saregreat,torxmission,kgabertgoldmine2,703server,F eeble123,gropetheshrike,spoon,Samael,zymurgy,muffi nman,martintorserver,SoftPower,MrsPettyOfficer,Bos tonUCompSci,VecTor,nickNoLimits,dconor2008,ninetai lfox,gulumbalingus,Blackmage,3x0rcyst5p4dd3dc311,r abidweasels,trithnt,UserPC,grove,tordienet,hpoohto r,NoWhereMan,relay1,kkjvps2torrelay,kkjvps1relay,d emon12,euryale,AoF,attalus,gizmo,OuterHaven,Devcom m,perronegro,UlyssesTorrible9th,Equalizer,MeTwo,Me troDallas1,Moffinator,CrypticWoodland,Unnamedinsea ttle,tikki,MofuKah,bettyboop,H4X0R,evoLution,SelfE vident,NyteChyld,japsdad,Midator2,Bobby,Bobby,Unha loedTechy,LetItSnow,worksip,vorpal,KnowledgeIsPowe r,911WasAnInsideJob,PhukDaMan,ididtootheseven,idid tootheseven,multipath,Satchmo,Lawl,Deathsquid,desy nc,Partyman,tortastic,ecksnet,EternalTORment,motow n,BaDonkaDonk,tiberius,jamesdean2000000,LeaseTorre nt,TSTTRBYisaPOS,royalewithcheese,Waltraud,Waltrau d,TorNet,alZaidi,ZealousBaenre,D56CCX91,0xfreespee ch127,Ratu,B7ydWoa2di4vghy,phrenograph,gwen,MYCROF TsOtherChild,Zanter,Undeadlord,KG6AFF,xlTor2,zorri to,safeman45,yourel38jri7zw,allium,ThisIsUniq,invi sibile8753,FFT,1337f3rr37,Sloth1,TTurkey,LickBalls ,multicstor,Fireduck,brazoslink,steinmetz,randsat, carnage27,libertynot4sale,jfksdjflk,jfksdjflk,Lone WOlf,CapNemo,server,BaitSP,cloverfield,smith,Bonzo ,redvoodoo,mwserver,freedom,amendment10,whomthebel ltolls,FartKnocker,JPav,ashes2ashes,ashes2ashes,Sm ilodon,t0rX0rL0v3ly,MADDMUTT2,P,TORServer,Infinite Link,linquist1,FringeWorld,furrywannabe,Insanity,I nsanity,theagricolasTOR,propeller1492a,Topcat,dosa di,mambozo,torchrislinux,arcturus,Snowcrash,BBStac ker,zhop,mleech,cathenserver,statc,022593,clanspum ,Moot,kybalion,odin,cats,alTor,royalewithcheese,ke ndy,utumno,oxyred47,nessuno,glittershy,DizzyAppleW eed,cbwdesk,resipsaloquitor,MackDaddy,oomwrtu,slav enode1,52c5eSH5,Hops,ILikeFreeSpeech,LordSqueek


    I choose the exitnodes from this website:

    hxxp://proxy.org/tor.shtml

    The ExitNodes line should only be in one line
    Hope this helps
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    Works excellent

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    Quote Originally Posted by irinareviews View Post
    I apologize if this has been asked already, but does anyone know of a way to make tor use US nodes only?

    This together with a auto reload type ff plugin may be good for some side cash via CPM Its pretty blackhat but it may work since its all auto pilot.
    See force tor to use only .us relays (or your country) .....

    HTH ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sendlerad View Post
    thanks for info..

    ANyway is there a way how to ''TORify'' specific application if that application dont have proxy support?
    The easiest and most painless is to run TOR through proxyfirewall .....
    Code:
    http://proxyfirewall.org/

    You can configure each program for proxies (or not)

    HTH ....

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