Several times times while surfing the net, I have found my IP / IP range blocked. During such times, I used to visit those page using a proxy. I had also written a blog post a few weeks back on Protecting your privacy and Hiding your identity online while suring the internet. In the post I had mentioned about OperaTor, a software bundle that contains the Opera (Browser), Tor (The Onion Router) and Privoxy (Web Proxy) softwares. OperaTor had a few configurable options, which could be changed by editing the operator.ini file directly. Initially I thought of creating a GUI for configuring OperaTor. But afterwards, I thought of adding some more additional features into it. Also, OperaTor was not working with the latest version of Tor due to some reason. Hence I created my own version of the program name TorOpera+. I also plan to create a similar bundle for Firefox too. Hence I am naming the project TorPlus.
TorOpera+ is a software bundle that contains the Opera, Tor and Privoxy which allows you to browse the internet anonymously without compromising on privacy. On executing the TorOpera+, the program starts Tor, Privoxy and Opera. While browsing, you can switch between Normal and Proxy mode by using the button provided on the status bar. TorOpera+ is portable and you can use it directly from your pen drive. The best part of TorOpera+ is that, when TorOpera+ is started, the program copies Opera to your Hard Disk from your pendrive and thus speeds up Opera. This option is also configurable in the preference window.
Ray and Felix asked me to include Kestrel support for TorPlus. For those who are unaware of Kestrel, it is the official alpha release of the upcoming Opera v9.5. Hence I am providing TorKestrel+, excluding Tor and Privoxy, as a separate download. If you wish to try TorKesrel+, download and extract the contents of the zip file to the directory where TorPlus is installed. TorKestrel+ and TorOpera+ can use the same general settings from the settings.ini file. I haven’t checked both the programs simultaneously. Most probably they should work fine except for an error message from Privoxy.
The program can automatically clear Browser and Tor cache on program exit, which will be really useful if you use Opera from your pen drive. Also I have included a few additional features into the Opera status bar like an Ad Blocker, Flash Blocker, Image Blocker, Script Blocker, Plugin blocker etc. The Opera program is also configured for faster performance by removing name completion etc.
The best thing about the program(not the bundle) is that it is Open Source. The source for the laucher program is released under GNU GPL. The program was written in AutoIt, a really simple Windows automation language.
Thanks a lot for deciding to try out the program. The following files are available for download.
TorKestrel+ v1.03(Extract into the directory where TorOpera+ is installed)
TorOpera+ v1.0.2 Source
TorKestrel+ v1.0.2(Extract into the directory where TorOpera+ is installed)
TorKestrel+(Extract into the directory where TorOpera+ is installed)
TorOpera+ v1.0.1 Source
TorOpera+ v1.0.0 Source
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- Updated Opera to latest version (v 9.24)
- Updated Kestrel to beta version
- Updated Tor to latest version (v 0.1.2.18)
- Fixed Flash Blocker and Ad Blocker
- Fixed problem with spell checker in Kestrel
- Added menu items to allow starting/stopping of Tor and Privoxy directly from the system tray.
- Added support for Kestrel (Opera v9.5 alpha)
- This release changed the way in which file names are referenced within the Opera settings files. Previous release used relative paths which created problems with user stylesheets. Now full path is used and the path is updated everytime TorPlus is run, to provide portability.