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If you use TBB to visit a public website that also runs a hidden service for end-to-end encryption(DuckDuckGo for example), will TBB automatically use the hidden service or do users need to manually enter it's onion address?

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It must be done manually. There is no interaction between the Domain Name System (DNS) and Tor hidden service hostnames. See this answer about resolution of .onion domains.

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Here is a list of custom HTTPS Everywhere rules which when installed would redirect you to the hidden service automatically where available.

https://github.com/chris-barry/darkweb-everywhere

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