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Free Freeware
Albu Cristian
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Feb 14, 2017
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Advanced Onion Router Review

Fernando Ortega
Editors' Pick

An alternative router to the official Tor bundle for Windows

A review of Advanced Onion Router by Fernando Ortega

Thanks to the selfless work of the developers over at TOR, we are provided with a way to get around the horrible system of data collection in the United States and other countries. Programs like Tor Browser Bundle provide us all with a way to circumvent both censorship and government spy operations. Advanced Onion Router provides an alternative to the Tor Browser Bundle and allows its users to browse the web anonymously.

Advanced Onion Router itself will not provide you with a fast Internet connection and it will slow you down a bit, depending on your Internet Service Provide. With that in mind, it is a viable and working alternative to Tor and Vidalia.

In contrast to Tor Browser Bundle, Advanced Onion Router provides several advanced options of which are configurable by the user up front. At the end of the day though, the two programs work in a very similar way. Advanced Onion Router just provides an alternative to Tor Browser Bundle.

In the configuration of AOR, you can customize many features and the most useful is probably the banning function which is featured prominently. You may also active ISP filtering, blacklisting and advanced settings. Advanced Onion Router also includes a sandboxing feature which can essentially control specific programs and services.

Advanced Onion Router is not the best way to use the Onion network, but it certainly is an alternative which may be used and provides a streamlined way to configure usage of Onion browsing.

Advanced Onion Router can hide your true IP address and circumvent state censorship.

Advanced Onion Router features and highlights:
  • Read-only mode, when running from read-only media - no files are written
  • All configuration files can be encrypted with AES
  • All-In-One application - it can replace Tor, Vidalia, Privoxy/Polipo, cntlm, and more
  • Supported proxy protocols: Socks5, Socks4, HTTP, HTTPS (all on the same port, autodetected)
  • Support for corporate (NTLM) proxies
  • Point and click process interceptor that can redirect all connections of a program, disallow non-supported protocols and restrict some information about the local system (fake system time, fake local hostname, etc.)
  • Banlist for addresses and routers
  • HTTP header filtering that generates fake identity-dependent headers every time the identity is changed
  • Circuit builder that allows building circuits by specifying a node list and that can estimate good circuits
  • Nodes can be banned / added to favorites from any existing circuit or from router selection dialogs
  • Circuit priorities can be changed from the "OR network" page
  • AS path estimations for all circuits with the option to build only circuits that don't have AS path intersections
  • Avoid using in same circuit nodes from the same countries
  • Circuit length is optional and can be changed to have between 1 and 10 routers
  • Better isolation between private identities (delete cookies from 5 supported browsers, expire an internal cookie cache, delete Flash/Silverlight cookies, generate new fake browser identity information, and more)
  • A list of favorite processes that can be started and intercepted at startup
  • All child processes created by a process that is intercepted are also intercepted
  • Plugin support
  • Hot keys

Advanced Onion Router is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from anonymous proxy software without restrictions. Advanced Onion Router is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

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  • Advanced Onion Router Download
  • Freeware Anonymous Proxy Software
  • Free VPN Software
  • Software Reviews

Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Albu Cristian.

Advanced Onion Router has been picked by our editors as excellent.
Advanced Onion Router has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Advanced Onion Router against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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