Although I stick to the predetermined browser option when installed it doesn't work when a link (http) is opened. What's the matter? Further more, Tor doesn't appear among the installed programs list of the Windows control panel! What am I doing wrong?


The Tor browser does not need installation. All you need to do is unpack the torbrowser-install package. It does not appear among the installed program list of the control panel because it is not installed. It is only unpacked. There is HTTPS Everywhere plug-in activated in Tor browser to provide encrypted version of web pages to users for their protection when an encrypted version of a site is available.

  • You beat me by five seconds ;)
    – mirimir
    Aug 9 '14 at 19:51

You're not doing anything wrong. The Tor browser isn't an installed program. It's just an executable in a folder that you've extracted somewhere. As such, it can't be specified as the default application for HTTP/HTTPS.

In Tor ticket 12763, I see this comment by mcs:

Replying to lunar:

| Do we want Tor Browser to become the default system browser? Correct me if I'm wrong,
| but I believe this has privacy implications. Applications would be able to easily open URLs
| within the Tor Browser, and link Tor activities with what they know about the system.

I agree that applications may be able to take advantage of the fact that the Tor Browser is the default browser. I don't think making TB the system default is something the Tor Project is likely to recommend or do automatically, but some people may want to do so.

I am closing this bug.

I haven't found anything specific about setting the Tor browser as default in Windows, but maybe I didn't search enough.

  • Dear, I like your answer better.
    – Roya
    Aug 9 '14 at 19:58
  • Thanks a lot. Anyway I suppoused that. About the other question (predetermined browser) I'll have a look on de attached link. Aug 10 '14 at 9:58

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