Recent problems downloading file share sites using TOR

By Debbie23
May 28, 2009
  1. Using latest stable Vadilia / TOR / Privoxy bundle for Windows (on Vista x64), with Tor Button for Firefox.

    When trying to d/l ANY type file from many file sharing sites, incl Rapidshare, always get message:

    I'm not downloading a file from the stated address, & often haven't downloaded anything from that site - in days, or EVER (someone else may be).

    Even if I get a NEW IP address (by various means), clear Firefox & the page & try again, get same message.

    Any ideas what's going on & how to get around it?

  2. mrturtle

    mrturtle TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Have you got Tor set to allow other Tor users to use your internet connection as a node in the Tor network?
  3. Debbie23

    Debbie23 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 53


    Don't think so. I believe you're referring to setting up your (my) computer as a server on the TOR network? If so, that requires going through specific steps to "setup relaying?"

    Under my Tor Settings > Sharing, it is checked to "run as client only."

    I never had it set up at any time (AFAIK) to act as a relay (server).
  4. mrturtle

    mrturtle TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Hmmm, does anyone else have access to your router/internet connection.

    I'm assuming that you have it set up securely and that no one else is piggybacking off your connection?
  5. Debbie23

    Debbie23 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 53

    No, there's no way anyone gained access to my router (TIKO) - Linksys WRT54GL.

    My desktop that use TOR on is wired. Have a wireless network (one laptop), but it was setup w/ WPA2 - AES security, and using a 25 random character network PW.

    Neither PC has been infected w/ anything - AFAIK & never had any problems.

    I'm thinking it's more of the filesharing sites - rapidshare, etc. - not playing nice w/ proxies in general or TOR / onion network specifically.

    This is just a quick link I grabbed to d/l from rapidshare to show what was happening & the message. I blanked the IP address, though I assure you it's one from Onion network, not real ISP (dynamic) address.
    NOTE: Rapidshare also has this message at bottom of error page:

    Are they saying if you use a proxy, you probably won't be able to d/l from them?
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