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I installed Tor & Polipo via the Software Center. I followed instructions found at this question (but since the config file was 404, I used a config from Tor + Polipo 5 Minute Install Guide Ubuntu 11.10).

Tor & Polipo are working properly. I set my network to manual proxy & added the for all but socks (which is 9050). Those are the ports set in the Polipo config file. Still, neither Google Chrome nor Firefox are using Tor when I browse.

I expected to have this working in 5 minutes but it's been over an hour. I'm very confused -- What am I missing???

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It is not a solution but I have had success with the tor browser bundle. Unless you have a good reason to route all your traffic through tor then i wouldnt really recommend it as speed is severely reduced. – edm Mar 9 '12 at 21:37
install tor from here & check the config its working perfectly here – One Zero Mar 9 '12 at 22:42
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For Firefox you should have Torbutton. Besides integrating with SOCKS and Polipo, it comes with many security options.

It's not recommend to use Chrome with Tor.

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Well it works now, after getting the Tor button for Firefox. I'm hopin' to use it for things outside the browser too, but as long as I can browse privately, I'll be happy. Thanks! – Forrest Mar 11 '12 at 20:58

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