I just allowed Tor Browser on Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 to update to the latest version and now there is a process "tor" by some user "debian-tor" that keeps restarting on its own (can’t kill it permanently). What is this nonsense and how can I get rid of it?
At this point, I’m considering moving to a different service than TOR. The whole concept appears to be getting more invasive by the week with increasingly frequent DoS attacks, permanent Tor Browser memory leaks, and now some permanent process running in the background without user approval.
This process exists because you ran
apt install tor sometime in the past. This installs the Tor network service, which isn't needed if you only want to run the Tor Browser. If you aren't familiar with apt, you can read more here. You can remove this package using
sudo apt remove tor.
Answered by Steve on September 11, 2020
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