The Tor IM Browser Bundle is similar to the Tor Browser Bundle, but offers you access to the Pidgin multi-protocol Instant Messaging client, so you can chat encrypted over your favourite Instant Messenger protocol like ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger or QQ which may be filtered.
You can learn more about Pidgin here: http://www.pidgin.im/
You can download the Tor IM Browser Bundle directly from the Tor Web site (20MB) at https://www.torproject.org/torbrowser/
(If your Internet connection is slow or unreliable, you can also get a split up version on the torproject.org Web site at https://www.torproject.org/torbrowser/split.html).
If the torproject.org Web site is filtered from where you are, type "tor mirrors" in your favorite Web search engine: the results probably include some alternative addresses to download the Tor Browser Bundle.
Caution: When you download Tor Bundle (plain or split versions), you should check the signatures of the files, especially if you are downloading the files from a mirror site. This step ensures that the files have not been tampered with. To learn more about signature files and how to check them, read https://wiki.torproject.org/noreply/TheOnionRouter/VerifyingSignatures
You should see the window below:
Note: You can choose to extract the files directly onto a USB key or memory stick if you want to use Tor Browser on different computers (for instance on public computers in Internet cafés).
Before you start:
Launch Tor IM Browser:
When a connection is established:
You will also see the Tor icon (a green onion if you are connected) and a Pidgin icon appear in the System Tray on the lower-right-hand corner of your screen:
You can set up your IM account in the Pidgin window. Pidgin is compatible with most major IM services (AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Jabber, XMPP, ICQ, and others):
To learn more on how you can use Pidgin, read:
If the onion in the Vidalia Control Panel doesn't turn green or if Firefox opens, but displays a page saying "Sorry. You are not using Tor", then you should:
To exit the Tor IM Browser you need to:
When the Vidalia onion icon and the Pidgin icon have disappeared from the Windows System Tray in the lower-right-hand corner of your screen, Tor IM Browser is closed.