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How do I make programs think there is no proxy?

Asked by chromaBYTE (652 points ) October 15th, 2008

Our school internet runs through a proxy server where you have to set the proxy address for it to access the internet, and authenticate with a username and password each time.

However, for my computer science project, I am running different bits of software that need to connect to the internet, but you can’t specify proxy settings for their connection.

I have tried setting the proxy settings in Internet Settings in control panel, but it hasn’t helped.

Are there any programs or some way that I can make the computer think that it’s running a direct connection to the internet?

Fast help would be appreciated, I’m running out of time for working on this project.

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blastfamy's avatar

I don’t know the specifics, but you may try running your software through an emulated LAN connection. I know that there are programs available that allow you to simulate a LAN. If you can trick the program into believing that it is connecting to the internet through the LAN (think connection sharing), then you may be able to fool it into thinking that it is running on a direct connection.

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skord's avatar

What kind of computer / operating system is this? It would be too much to answer for me to cover every platform under the sun.

chromaBYTE's avatar

I need it to work on a computer running Windows Server 2003 and/or Windows XP.

skord's avatar

Do you have access to a computer outside the campus network? Can it run a VPN server? OpenVPN is a great option here.

Is it a socks proxy? http proxy? what sort of proxy?

maccmann's avatar

I think that skord is getting to the heart of this matter with his VPN answers. You basically have to connect to a different network to do what you are doing. VPN will let you do that.

I think tat you may just have to forgo your idea about whatever it is you are doing because getting around a proxy if the network won’t let you is going to be a large hassle. It may be time to redesign and save yourself some major headache time.

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