I have: winxp, no router, no network, sygate firewall (Tor and yahoo allowed) Trying to get ymessenger 188.8.131.522 connected with socks to Tor. Put in 127.0.0.1 port 9050 and tried using both v4 and v5. ymessenger doesn't connect and won't sign in. I've also tried pointing it to Privoxy with the http proxy setting 127.0.0.1:8118 and it signs in but doesn't look like (from xnetsat) it is using the proxy. So i thought it might have something to do with this: 1.1.2. About DNS and tsocks tsocks correctly replaces connect(2) calls with calls to your SOCKS proxy (Tor), but it doesn't do anything about requests to your DNS server. This means that if you refer to any machines by hostname when you're using tsocks, you'll be sending that hostname over the network, perhaps leaking the fact that you are about to connect to the corresponding server. Other applications that use SOCKS 4 or SOCKS 5 directly often have the same shortcoming. Tor 0.0.8 (or later) has a workaround for this problem; until we can hack tsocks (or a work-alike) to support DNS, instead of using a hostname directly, first use tor-resolve to resolve the hostname into an IP (via Tor) and then use that IP address with your tsocks-ified application. - (I don't understand that) NAME tor-resolve - resolve a hostname to an IP address via tor SYNOPSIS tor-resolve [-4|-5] hostname [sockshost[:socksport]] DESCRIPTION tor-resolve is a simple script to connect to a SOCKS proxy that knows about the SOCKS RESOLVE command, hand it a hostname, and return an IP address. So I ran: tor_resolve.exe -4 scs.msg.yahoo.com 127.0.0.1:9050 It gave me an ip.... do I put this in the yahoo messenger socks setting then? the yahooip with port 9050 ??