I understand that Tor may somewhat slow surfing speed(s); however, the extent to which it is presently slowing my surf speed is an impediment to my online activities. Again, I noticed Tor slowed my surfing as soon as I first used it and I was prepared to tolerate that level of slowing, but, after 3 or 4 days of it being tolerable, it has been at a consistent new low for almost 24 hours.
I thought I read in a number of places that Tor results(speed) go up and down(possibly way down) regularly, but, since I am not a technically advanced user I figured that there might be configuration issues that I can change which will get me some relief.
I am, of course, using Firefox(latest version) and my Proxy settings are manual, http 8118, ssl 8118, socks 9050(socks v5). I did not change these from the direct connection Firefox was using before Tor so I do assume the Tor bundle installation did so.
note: Right from the start I noticed that, after about an hour and a half of surfing behind Tor, my machine sometimes seems to "hang-up" or crash. When this Tor related hanging occurs usually I can not close Vidalia and when I open Windows Task Manager it shows applications that I am running as not responding. I try to end task for the affected applications, but eventually Windows Task Manager itself stops responding. I selected to run Tor as a service in the hope that doing so would positively affect this hanging, but I am not so sure it has. ( http://www.wildersse...ad.php?t=181996 )
I am running Comodo firewall and I typically block svchost every chance I get unless, like Windows Updates, it must be allowed for a particular application to succeed. ( http://www.castlecop...p...ic&t=196459 )
I am looking at Proxomitron, because I wonder if it will, "magically", make things faster, but I am unclear as to whether I replace Privoxy or Vidalia with Proxomitron or neither. It looks to me like Privoxy and Proxomitron do the same thing, but, then again, I am not a technically advanced user.