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When you run programs as a service they will behave according to the service rules, which you can customize. Generally people run programs as a service when they want them always running, and to be restarted if the computer reboots. Services can run before any user logs in. This article pertains to Windows, but the same is true on Linux and OSX.

Hosting a tor site would be an appropriate use of a service, as long as you don't mind the consumption of resources all the time (which will probably be minimal, unless it's a super popular site and you're only one of a few people hosting it).