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As we have already installed Backtrack as our Virtual Machine here now this is the time to explore more , how about becoming anonymous on the web, however the reality behind the Anonymity is really complex to explain, there are  EYES watching us every time and noting down our every movement on the web.

In the league of getting anonymous on the web there are many applications available that we can use for our purpose, one of them is TOR. There are multiple flavors available in Tor for windows, apple, smartphones, etc.

In order to install Tor in BackTrack 5 we need to bypass some of its security measure which will  allow Tor to be ran as root and use it along with the other tools like nmap, proxychains, zenmap, sqlmap, and more.

How to Install Tor in BackTrack 5 to Surf Anonymously and Bypass Tor “Should not be run as Root” Complain Error

1. Install gedit if you haven’t installed it yet on your BackTrack 5 machine. To do this just open a terminal and type the command below. GEdit is a program to edit the files inside Linux operating system just like our notepad in windows.

apt-get install gedit

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

2. Download Tor Browser  Bundle using the  link . Just pick the one that suits our need, either if it’s 32-bit or 64-bit for Linux OS.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

3. Save the Tor Browser Bundle file to your root/Desktop directory and copy it’s filename as it will be needed to unzip it.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

4. When download is 100% completed, open a terminal and type the commands below to untar it.

cd Desktop

tar -zvxf <filename>

Just change the <filename> to the actual filename of the file, and press enter to unzip its contents.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

5. Upon extracting, we should be able to find a browser folder tor-browser_en-US on our Desktop, locate that folder and open it.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

6. Find the “start-tor-browser” as shown below and double click to open it.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

7. Upon doing the step above, we will be presented by an error message, “The Tor Browser Bundle should not be run as root. Exiting.” shown below. This is what we need to bypass and attempt to crack.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

8. Return to the Tor folder and locate again the “start-tor-browser“.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

9. Right click on the file and choose Open with -> Gedit. If the Gedit notepad screen loads up, click on the search tab and type “the tor browser bundle“ as shown below.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

10. If everything was done correctly, you will be facing a screen shown below. This is what we need to tweak in order to allow Tor run with root.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

11. Delete the error comment and replace it with “Tor is running as Root“, then remove the “exit 1” code. The final edited “start-tor-browser” file must be identical to the one shown below.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

12. Go back to the Desktop/tor-browser_en-US folder and then double click to open start-tor-browser like on the first steps. If you did the steps above correctly, the prompt screen should show you “Tor is running as Root“. Press the Ok button and then wait for Tor to finish loading.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

13. Vidalia Control Panel will load up like shown below, and allow Tor to establish a connection.

Install Tor in BackTrack 5 and run as Root

14. Tor Browser should load up and we should now be able to surf anonymously. Watch the sites are now https:// complaint and running in encrypted mode.

how to install tor in backtrack 5 run as root

Hope we now running Tor as root inside Backtrack 5 R3 and hiding our public ip inside proxy chains provided by Tor network. We can also choose our proxy public ip by clicking on the ” Use a new identity” tab. Enjoy…


In this tutorial i will show you how to install Backtrack 5 R3 in Vmware workstation 8, it is recently  released by offensive security team and it is used by penetration testers world wide. Installation is easy just follow given simple steps.

1 : Download backtrack ISO from here
2 :  Download VMware Workstation or  VMplayer
3 : Install any of above


1 : Create A new virtual machine under File and click Next, select typical(recommended).
2 : choose installer ISO ( choose backtrack 5 ISO ), here i am using Backtrack 5 r3 32 bit.
3 : choose Linux as your guest operating system type and Ubuntu as version
4 : Give it a name and location of your backtrack VM
5 : Specify virtual hard drive space ( 20 GB is good enough ) and store virtual disk as a single file
then click finish from ready to create vm window
hit enter to go boot screen then choose default boot text mode and hit enter
Installing backtrack 5 R3
Installing backtrack 5 R3
type startx to start GUI ( x server )
click on Install backtrack icon or open terminal type sh -c “ubiquity” 

Installing backtrack 5 R3

and continue like normal installation choose keyboard type and provide location info
if you are installing just backtrack then go normally and erase and use entire disk
or if you installing backtrack with other OS then specify partition accordingly ( in this tutorial m using virtual hard-drive )

Installing backtrack 5 R3

click on forward and click on install

Installing backtrack 5 R3

wait until it finish installing

it will take up-to 30 minutes depend on your system

Installing backtrack 5 R3

After rebooting in the command prompt type “startx” to start using the GUI of BackTrack.

Next step is to install VMware tools on Backtrack 5 R3. Click VM and then Install Vmware tools option and VMware tools will be installed in your BackTrack VM.

In Later post i will start with basic setup of Backtrack.