The Pirate Bay (thepiratebay. sx), the popular torrents indexing site launched PirateBrowser to celebrate their 10th anniversary. PirateBrowser is actually a Pre-configured Firefox browser packed with FoxyProxy add-on and uses Tor client for tunneling traffic. Also the browser arrives with some configurations to allow access to blocked websites.
PirateBrowser is intended to avoid or bypass Government Censorship on Internet content in certain countries such as Iran, North Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland.
So if you are unable to access thepiratebay. sx or other torrent sites on your normal web-browser or the pirate bay is blocked in your country, just switch to this browser to access them. Further the browser is free of adware, spyware, toolbars and other such annoying things.
I have to mention that, although Tor service offers anonymous surfing, but PirateBrowser service only provides access to blocked internet content and doesn’t offer any anonymity. This browser is intended just to circumvent censorship — to remove limits on accessing websites your government doesn’t want you to know about.
If you don’t know about Tor or The Onion Router, it’s a famous browser that offers anonymous surfing and provides security by resisting traffic analysis and prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor network actually runs on the bandwidth donated by volunteers and organizations, the service direct users internet traffic through their worldwide volunteer network consisting of more than three thousand relays.
Coming back to the topic PirateBrowser, at present it’s available only for windows systems and we may expect it on OS X and Linux as the browser is based on Firefox and we know it is a cross-platform-friendly browser.
So windows users can download PirateBrowser and use it as a normal browser, on launching the browser you can find that The Pirate Bay (TPB) is set as a homepage and the browser is pre-loaded bookmarks for popular blocked sites such as EZTV, KickassTorrents, Bitsnoop and H33T. Also the browser listed the alternative .onion addresses for both TPB and EZTV as backups to access these sites.
How to use PirateBrowser?
1. First, download the Self extracting 7-zip archive file of PirateBrowser, extract it.
2. Next in the extracted folder, click “Start PirateBrowser.exe” and you can see the Vidalia control panel of Tor network.
3. Once connected to the Tor Network the standalone Firefox browser will open up and you can start browsing.
Note: If you are interested to help other users, go to the Vidalia control panel, then click on settings, next under Sharing” tab select “Help censored users reach the Tor network’”.