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Need a piece of software that can route proxy-unaware software through a proxy

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by zugu, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. zugu

    zugu Thread Starter

    Apr 20, 2010

    My work PC is behind a HTTP proxy that requires authentication. There are no restrictions in place, it's just that my employer wants to monitor all the internet traffic.

    Most programs can be instructed to use a proxy, and even authentication, but a lot of programs are not proxy aware - they always assume a direct internet connection exists and fail when they can't find it. They offer me no means to inform them that they're actually behind a proxy, they make no try to automatically discover it, they're just dumb.

    I need a program that can fool such dumb programs into thinking that they're directly connected to the internet while they're actually routed through the proxy. Does such software exist? There has to be one, because there are countless corporate setups around the world, most of their workstations are behind some proxy/firewall, and I'm sure I am not the first, nor the last guy to encounter such problem.

    I use Windows XP SP3, everything up to date. The work proxy seems to be Squid, but I really don't believe this is relevant. I am not trying to open blocked ports (there are none), nor am I trying to avoid my employer's internet restrictions (as I said, there's no filter or firewall, the proxy is there to monitor traffic only). I am simply trying to fix what lazy programmers / packagers did when they "forgot" to implement proxy support in their software.

    Please help me, you guys are my last hope.


    Note: searching the web did not help me a lot. I found some free apps that can route single executables to the proxy, but this is useless to me. Nowadays a program is a complex piece of software, with lots of executables that can each launch other executables. For example, routing an updater program using the free app I found was only half helpful: the updater connected, but once connected it spawned another executable, and a MSHTML frame, both completely unaware of the proxy. And that was it: the second executable complained about the "unavailability of an internet connection", while the MSHTML instance showed me the classic "Please check your internet connection" page.
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

    Aug 27, 2003
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    Whatever it is you're trying to do, since it's involves your company computer, you need to address it with their IT department.

    I'm closing this thread.
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