I want to use a SOCKS proxy for all my programs that want to connect to Internet. I am connected to my ISP using an ADSL modem.

Is there any virtual system or settings which can let me do this?

I don't want to buy or use VPN.


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I'm going to take a chance, let me know how it goes

I have heard of these programs mentioned, but haven't tried them

"If the Internet program you are using does not have a socks proxy option you can use Sockscap to make it support socks proxy. Here is a tutorial showing how to use Sockscap." http://www.socksproxychecker.com/sockscap.html

and you may be interested in trying this one "Sockschain is a program that allows to work with any Internet service through a chain of SOCKS or HTTP proxies.." http://ufasoft.com/socks/

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    The equivalent program on Linux is tsocks - or torsocks if you're sockisfying to Tor.
    – LawrenceC
    Aug 18, 2012 at 0:48
  • Is there a command line version of something like sockscap? Jun 17, 2014 at 17:06
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    Also, sockscap doesn't seem to work in 64-bit Windows. Jun 17, 2014 at 17:09
  • @ultrasawblade this one stackoverflow.com/questions/8325789/… mentions tsocks but can it work transparently?
    – barlop
    Jun 17, 2014 at 18:04
  • @TimLudwinski the stackoverflow link in my comment to ultrasawplade mentions 'widecap' widecap.ru/en/download I haven't tried it. It looks like the program may be free, but they charge about $10 a month min for the proxies. If you have a proxy already then maybe it's free It is freeware, and a spinoff of freecap freecap.ru do report back if you find they work/don't work. thanks
    – barlop
    Jun 17, 2014 at 18:06

Assuming that you probably already have a Proxy Server in mind that you'd like to use, you can configure this for all applications in your OS through the Control Panel...

  1. Open "Control Panel"
  2. Double-click on the "Internet options" icon
  3. Activate the "Connections" tab
  4. Click on the "LAN settings" button below the "Local Area Network (LAN) settings" heading
  5. Enter your Proxy Server's address below the "Proxy server settings" heading

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    Right , but what you just told is for only IE . but i want all my proggies to use SOCKS e.g Autodesk 3DSMax or whatever program should always use the SOCKS.
    – M3taSpl0it
    Aug 5, 2011 at 15:24
  • Well, as I understand it most applications will use these settings as they are supposed to be OS-wide. Internet Explorer just defaults to whatever is specified for the OS (which is what these settings are for). Does this not work if you specify your Proxy Server here? Aug 5, 2011 at 15:27
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    Not for me , check this with your http://sockslist.net . Everything will start to work if you type some web addresses in IE but not with FF or other applications.
    – M3taSpl0it
    Aug 5, 2011 at 15:42
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    Did you use the "Advanced" button to configure it specifically? After that, if you still have applications that won't use the Proxy Server settings you configured for them, you can always set up Squid (a popular free and open source Proxy Server) on another computer, which can be configured to use a Proxy Server of your choosing, and then use your Squid computer as your gateway. Aug 5, 2011 at 15:43
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    If you can't find a "Proxy configuration" option in your applications (in this case, Autodesk 3DSMax), then it's probably bypassing the MS-Windows Proxy Server settings and you may need to go with the "Squid" option I suggested (or something similar). Aug 5, 2011 at 15:59

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