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Getting Proxifer to work


Note that as of October 2012, the use of Proxifer is usually no longer necessary. Moreover, it can noticeably slow down your connection to the Internet. Carefully consider whether you need to use this software.


Proxifier is a network application that allows you to make other applications proxy-aware. It does this by intercepting web requests from these applications and redirecting them via the proxy. Be aware, however, that this flexibility comes at a cost. It is very easy to get Proxifier to do stupid things that will get you in a world of trouble. Because it allows things that previously didn't function to work, it can also significantly alter the University's Internet traffic patterns. The net result of this is that using Proxifier in stupid ways is likely to result in further restrictions being placed on the Student Network, to the detriment of all users. (cfthe forums for an in-depth discussion of this)

DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND YOU'VE READ THE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY.

Now we've got the disclaimers over, we can configure Proxifer as follows:

  • Open Proxifer (you might need to right-click on its icon in the system tray and then choose Open Proxifier)
  • In the Options menu go to Proxy Settings...
  • Click on the Add... button to add a new proxy
  • Configure a Proxy Server as follows:
  • Address: wwwproxy.ru.ac.za
  • Port: 3128
  • Protocol HTTPS
  • Use authentication checked
  • Username: g08a1234 (your Rhodes username)
  • Password: xxxxx (your Rhodes password)
  • Appear as Internet Explorer unchecked -- there's no point in doing this, since even with it checked Proxifier is identifiable as Proxifier ;)
  • Click on the OK button to close the Proxy Server window, and OK again to close the Proxy Settingswindow. Do not add more than one proxy server, or anything other than wwwproxy.
  • Now go back to the Options menu, and this time choose Proxification Rules...
  • Change the first radio box to say Process Only the following + manually proxifiedDo not choose toprocess ALL or you'll quickly be over quota.
  • Now click the Add... button to add things to be proxied.
  • Give your ruleset a meaningful name in the Rule Name: field. Something like My Applications.
  • In the Applications pane, click the Add... button. This will allow you to chose an application that you want proxifier to proxy for. Do not add rules for IP Ranges unless you understand what they'll break.
  • Navigate through the file dialogue until you find the application, select it and click Open.
  • Now go to the Port Range section and change ALL to 1-79,81-442,444-3127,3129-65535. This is important, because it'll ensure that normal web traffic is not directed via Proxifier.
  • When you're done adding applications, click OK to close the Edit Proxification Rule window and the OKagain to close the Proxification Rules window.

Make sure that whatever applications you put through Proxifer do not need to connect to things at Rhodes. If they do, you'll quickly find yourself denied access by the caches

Last Modified :Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:49:44 SAST