I am now running tails. The latest version.
Before Xmas I could browse .onion sites easily just by downloading the tor browser on to my linux system. Since the New Year, I have found some sites are not available and I get a banner across the top of the pages of those sites which are available, from Tor2web.
Research tells me that tor2web is a web proxy service for tor. I didn't install it, or ask for it and it is the same problem on all devices I use on my network. Can I assume that my ISP is now directing tor traffic through Tor2web?
Research also suggests there are many other proxy sites for tor out there and they convert my .onion addresses to cached .onion.to addresses (or a similar extension). Research suggests that I should the remove the extra .to extension and a direct connection can be made. That didn't work for me.
I have used bridges with obfs4 and still get to onion.to sites. I have now installed Tails (rather than just the tor browser) with bridges and obfs4 and I still cannot get through to .onion sites, I can only get onion.to sites. Does anyone have any more ideas of what is going on and how to solve it, that is, to get a direct Tor connection to .onion sites?
I have scoured for answers to this, but can't find any. Let me know if you can direct me to a comprehensive solution.