private mode / cookies settings not working, starting Tor browser not working
I'm new to using Tor and wanted to try it out.
I'm running the Tor browser bundle 3.6.5:
a)from a pendrive on a Windows XP system
b) from an installed version on the desktop of a Windows 7 system in a virtual box (Oracle) and have observed some things I do not understand:
- Sometimes the grey small window opens telling: Tor is opened, but then the browser window doesn't open.
When clicking on „Start Tor browser. exe“ again, a small window says: Tor was running already, so I have to stop the Tor browser by the task-manager or by the ccleaner.
Sometimes I have to repeat that several times until the browser window of Tor opens
- If a website only works with cookies, you can change settings from „never remember history“ to „use custom settings for history“ and „accept cookies from sites“ in the normal Firefox and you can change the settings back again to „never remember history“ again and you have to close and restart Firefox. This does not work in the Tor browser, which does not save the „never remember history“-setting. You can choose the box „never remember history“ , click on „ok“, but if you open the options window again, you will see that the Tor browser is still on „use custom settings for history“ and „accept cookies“.
If you choose „always use private browsing mode“ no history or any data should be stored by the usual Firefox, right? So, you should not see anything under „history“. However, this is not the case with the Tor browser!!! The Tor browser keeps the history despite having chosen the private mode!!!
I really cannot imagine that this behaviour of the Tor browser is intended.
Please let me know if there is something wrong with the Tor browser or if I am wrong. I would be grateful for a quick answer, because I'm really concerned about the matter and cannot rely on the Tor browser at all at the moment.
Thank you a lot for your quick response in advance!