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:
Go back to the Vidalia Control Panel from the task bar and click Stop Tor, then Start Tor. This will restart Tor.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
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.