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In my college, I have a proxy server which is listening on port 8080. I want to run Thunderbird. I am not sure about which protocol this proxy is for. I would be happy to help you out, if you can tell me how to check this. (I am sorry about this lack of knowledge)

System Specs Windows 7, 3 GB RAM, High Speed LAN connection.

And I have been trying to do that for quite some time now. Some of the things I tried

  1. The following commands:
    netsh
    winhttp
    import proxy source=ie

These are the commands that are used to get the Windows App Store to work in Windows 8. I thought that if I do this, then all the traffic that any application requests is tunelled through the proxy by the system. (Please pardon my bad technical term usage! I don't know anything about networking and this is my layman understanding of this problem.)

  1. I tried a program called pCap.

Both the above solutions did not work.

please provide a solution to either run Thunderbird (Gmail) or suggest another mail client which can run Gmail fluently under the conditions described above.

I am not behind a corporate proxy.

Please help me out with the above situation.

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What exactly does "port 8080 is open" mean? Are you referring to the port the proxy is listening on? –  Daniel B Feb 26 at 12:02
    
Yes. Sorry about the language. I will correct it. –  IcyFlame Feb 26 at 12:06
    
I assume this is an HTTP proxy. Is a SOCKS proxy available? –  Daniel B Feb 26 at 12:10

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