Proxy Switcher News

August 17, 2014

Access ProxySwitcher.com via SSL is now enabled. SPDY/3.1 protocol is supported as well.

July 28, 2014

Proxy Switcher 5.10.1 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Improved handling of HTML parsing child processes.
    • Support for gzip for server testing and proxy list downloads.
    • Not using windows common control trees anymore.
    • Updated to OpenSSL version 1.0.1h
    • Upgraded scripting engine.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Multiple memory leaks.
    • SSL connections in certain cases were being closed prematurely.
    • Other minor problems.


May 21, 2014

Proxy Switcher 5.10.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Completely revamped test targeting system:
      • Added "negative matching" - check for string in content that should not be there.
      • User defined targets added - full functionality in PRO version.
      • Updated built-in targets.
      • New target configuration window (main menu View->Configure Test Targets...)
        • HTTP request and response trace window.
      • For countries/places where proxy switcher domains are blocked switched from DynDns service for  to DTDns as a "last resort DNS lookup".
      • Added new wizard task named "Custom..." - user can select common sub-tasks to be performed.
      • Reworked settings storage, most settings now are stored inside psw.lz file.
      • Results of importing from text file are now reported to the scan log as well.
      • Restore from backup - if the backup is encrypted and entered password is not valid - a proper warning will be shown.
      • If the last entry of the list is deleted then the selection is set to the new last entry.
      • Updated proxy list parsing scripts.
      • Updated OpenSSL to 1.0.1g.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • View->Internal proxy servers... works properly on Standard and Unregistered versions.
    • Other minor problems.


February 8, 2014

Proxy Switcher Version 5.9.1
  • Improvements:
    • Improved "permanently dead" server handling and re-testing algorithms:
      • If the proxy host name is not found, server goes into permanently dead".
      • Servers that are not showing up in proxy lists anymore for a certain period are deleted from "permanently dead".
      • "Permanently dead" servers that keep showing up in proxy lists but have not been tested recently will be re-tested roughly once per week.
    • Improved proxy list parser handling.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Memory corruption fixed in one of external libraries, should result in improved stability.
    • Reports correct scanning error instead of "cont-no-sock targets left"
    • Other minor problems.


December 10, 2013

Proxy Switcher version 5.9.0 has been released.
  • Improvements:
    • Complete support for installation on removable drives - license upgrades for PRO portable operation coming soon.
      • Installer detects if target drive is removable and issues appropriate notice.
    • Proxy list downloader speedup - HTML parsing child processes are being reused.
    • Updated proxy list downloading scripts.
    • Big performance gains with filtering enabled and scanning active.
    • Added system proxy settings change testing - if there are problems with proxy settings change a warning in log window will be printed.
    • News functionality added - can display personalized news and notices.
    • Added new browser agents - IE9 and IE10.
    • Upgraded to OpenSSL 1.0.1e
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Certain invalid host/domain names were accepted into proxy list.
    • Multiple problems with HTML parsing.
    • Other minor problems.


September 1, 2013

Proxy Switcher version 5.8.1 released
  • Improvements:
    • Added Export option from User-Defined lists.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • In some cases no proxy servers were shown in the list while there are servers present in the folder.
    • Some of toolbar buttons should not disappear on some machines.
    • Crash on start on some Windows Vista systems.
    • Other minor problems.


August 22, 2013

New article about beating Hulu.com geolocation limitatations.

August 8, 2013

Proxy Switcher version 5.8.0 available including full high DPI display support.
  • Improvements:
    • Complete large font (high DPI support) including tray icons and tool bar and all the dialogs.
    • 32bit alpha blended tray icons.
    • New option to completly disable proxy use history
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • GDI resource leaking on Windows newer than XP.
    • Other minor problems.


July 30, 2013


June 17, 2013

Proxy Switcher version 5.7.2
  • Improvements:
    • Improved customization of user defined user-agent.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Internal proxy server now properly handles all IP address based exclusions.
    • Avoid crash when user tries to bind two actions to same hotkey in preferences.
    • Windows 2003 x64 post SP2 release tcpip.sys driver treated as unknown in regard to half-open connections.
    • Other minor problems.


May 8, 2013

Proxy Switcher 5.7.1 released
  • Improvements:
    • Scanning/Processing speed improvments (reduced CPU load).
    • Dangerous servers pre-filtering (handling them before they reach scanners) which increases scanning speed.
    • Improved throttling of the proxy list downloaders/parsers. It wil behave better on slow machines.
    • Proxy list download window now shows found proxy servers count.
    • Proxy list download window now shows downloaded data amount.
    • Added filtering of the new (downloaded) proxy servers - allow maximum of 5 servers with same address but different port.
    • Exclusions support international domain names (IDN/unicode).
    • Increased storage space for exclusions in Disabled IE control mode.
    • Changed proxy scanner thread count to not use all available cores on many core CPUs.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Other minor problems.


March 12, 2013

Proxy Switcher 5.7.0 has been released.
  • Improvements:
    • Added dialog (View->Internal Proxy Servers...) where user can rebind internal proxy servers to different ports.
    • Scan log will properly show that server tests timed out instead of saying that server is invalid.
    • Reduced memory use.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Memory leaks when proxy list download is aborted and other memory leaks.
    • Ip2City database sometimes was not correctly reloaded right after update.
    • Other minor problems.


February 17, 2013

New version 5.6.3 is available for download.
  • Improvements:
    • Dynamically limit scanning speed on slow PCs, if they can't keep up.
    • Improved main window responsiveness during scanning - mostly painting of the main proxy list is done faster.
    • Reduce flicker caused by unneeded updates of the tray update menu during scanning.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Other minor problems.


February 15, 2013


February 1, 2013

New article Internal Proxy Servers added.  

January 17, 2013

Proxy Switcher version 5.6.2
  • Improvements:
    • Improved handling of duplicate entries during proxy scanning.
    • Improved scanning log performance.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • When importing from text file, duplicate entries are removed.
    • Other minor problems.


December 29, 2012

Old versions of Proxy Switcher have reached EOL and will not function properly. Please install version 5.6.0 or newer on your machines.

November 24, 2012

Proxy Switcher 5.6.1
  • Improvements:
    • Import from text file should handle large imports now.
    • Scanner should work more reliably on old (slow) hardware.
    • Auto-saving of DB is delayed if scanning is active to avoid slowdown and potential crashes on old PCs.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Fixed issue introduced in previous version - crash when servers that were actively scanned are deleted.
    • Other minor problems.


October 22, 2012

Proxy Switcher version 5.6.0
  • Improvements:
    • New feature: temporarily bind specific proxy server to local port. Right mouse click on the server and go into "Bind proxy server to local port..." sub-menu.
    • Much improved high DPI display support (100% to 200% fonts work properly now).
    • Uninstaller is now has a code signature.
    • Periodic DB self checking during startup implemented.
    • "Repair DB" button in Help->Troubleshooting... window. Performs consistency checks and attempts to repair current database.
    • Upon import of database from backup, verify it's consistency.
    • More responsive UI during huge proxy server list download.
    • Somewhat updated help file - especially for Lite version.
    • Throttled scanning log update - should reduce load.
    • Updated Ip2Country.


October 1, 2012

Notice to registered users . If you are using version 5.5.0 or older, please install new version from site. As older versions are reach EOL (End of Life) and will cease to work properly.

September 27, 2012

New article Proxy Server Automatic Switching gives more in-depth look into algorithms behind automatic switching in Pro version.


September 7, 2012

Proxy Switcher version 5.5.5 released
  • Improvements:
    • Better scaling DB backend.
    • Added option of setting new hotkey that makes auto switcher to switch to next proxy server. You can set this at the Preferences->Auto Switching.
    • Faster removal of the servers from DB.
    • Added option to disable automatic background task delaying.
    • When operating in "disabled" Internet Explorer control state the last proxy server used is saved upon exiting the program.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Less likely to get stuck on "aborting" when download of proxy lists is stopped.
    • Proxy Switcher tended to forget the IE control state in some cases.
    • Other minor problems.


July 4, 2012

Proxy Switcher version 5.5.4 available
  • Improvements:
    • Upon installing Proxy Switcher does not set itself to start automatically anymore.
    • Starting of the background automatic tasks now ismore delayed. Time is measured from the event of last testing of theservers. This period is varied from 30mins to 4 hours depending on the mode.
    • Disable group protection upon uninstall in case it was on.
    • Improved crash handling.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Random crash on startup introduced in previous version.
    • Other minor problems.


June 1, 2012

Proxy Switcher version 5.5.3
  • Improvements:
    • Upgraded to new version of RE.
    • Import from text file now can import servers into any currently active folder.
    • Updated proxy list downloading scripts.
    • Better detection of hung threads.
    • Import from text files now supports socks=ip:port;
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Disabled sync saving of files as it seems to cause hangs on some machines (driver issues?).
    • Fixed case where delete button was not activated on the toolbar.
    • Some filtered issues fixed.
    • Rare crash while in parallel sorting.
    • Lot of small fixes.


April 25, 2012

Proxy Switcher version 5.5.2 released
  • Improvements:
    • Heavily updated Ip2Country, provides improved coverage, as well as improved detection for IP2City plugin.
    • "Keep-Alive" and "Auto-Switching" modes now show location along the IP address of the servers.
    • Added new command line switch "-m" to automatically open main window upon start.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Startup issues on some systems.
    • During uninstall proxy will be set to direct connection.
    • Other minor problems.


February 29, 2012

Proxy Switcher version 5.5.1
  • Improvements:
    • Better test server block/ban avoidance added.
    • Added discounted upgrades from Standard to Pro, from single user to multi user.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Protection from group policy was bit too overzealous.


January 5, 2012

Proxy Switcher version 5.5.0 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Support for protection against group policy changes in Windows 8.
    • Most wizard processes and automatic background tasks do not put up a modal dialog, user can keep using the program while the tasks work. During that time a special progress bar is shown.
    • Windows 7 custom destinations support.
    • Windows 7 taskbar progress bar support for wizard and background tasks.
    • Icons format optimized for Windows 7.
    • Whole data backup and restore funcionality is added. See File menu.
    • Possibility to import initial database during install. Installer supports parameter: /import "c:\filename"
    • New option - switch to direct connection on exit.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Clicking tray icon will not hide modal dialogs anymore.
    • In settings window restore proper selector state on second opening of the settings window.
    • Race condition in winsock wrapper fixed.
    • Proxy list parsing load meter fixed.


November 20, 2011

Proxy Switcher version 5.4.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • All the proxy server list parsing now is done via scripts instead of being fixed.
    • Compatibilty with Windows 8 developer preview.
    • Option to disable showing of used proxy servers history in tray meny.
    • RE processing now uses JIT compilation and caching.
    • On some Windows XP systems its impossible to measure cpu load. Working around that.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Filter box handles keyboard copy/paste/cut shortcuts properly.
    • Cut was not working properly (was not deleting items).


Octorber 17, 2011


October 9, 2011

Proxy Switcher version 5.3.1
  • Improvements:
    • Reworked user tray menu - now it includes last used proxy connections.
    • Switching mode restored on startup.
    • Last used folder and sorting mode restored on startup.
    • More graceful handling of broken WinInet API - which seems to be the case for Windows 8 Developer Preview.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Improved handling of system suspend/resume events.
    • Race condition in parser with possible crash on startup fixed.
    • Minor bugfixes.


September 24, 2011

Proxy Switcher 5.3.0 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Improvements to Pro version
      • Internal socks proxy server now supports Socks v4a and Socks v5.
      • Socks to Socks server connection is properly supported - any combination of various socks server types should work fine.
      • Bulk addition of URLs to user defined proxy list (View->User defined proxy list...).
    • Switching mode is restored upon start of the program (you can disable this behaviour in the preferences).
    • Updated SSL, Regular Expressions and Hashing libraries.
    • Proxy scanner is now multi-threaded and will use all available cores on the machine, also cpu load is reduced while scanning proxy servers.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • CPU load measurment sometimes was getting messed up under Windows XP.
    • Drag&Drop URL into user defined lists from IE9 was not working properly.
    • Internal socks server will now bind to localhost only even when http proxy server has external access enabled.
    • Minor bugfixes.


August 10, 2011

Minor update of Proxy Switcher 5.2.1
  • Improvements:
    • Program will inform if there are issues with internal proxy server.
    • Slightly reduced cpu load.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Few rare crashes fixed.
    • Minor bugfixes.


August 9, 2011


August 1, 2011

Proxy Switcher 5.2.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Much reduced GDI resource use resulting in lower CPU loads while scanning.
    • Altered how proxy server multi selection works - selection will not be cleared when you press right mouse button without holding Ctrl down.
    • Improved proxy list parser control - faster aborting, throttled launching of parsing jobs to keep system load lower. As a result weaker machines should not struggle so much. Also it should not timeout as much anymore.
    • Ip2City dumps it's data to swap file (if possible) to reduce memory load.
    • Proxy passwords are displayed as dots instead of cleartext.
    • If Proxy Switcher detects that system has half-open connection limitation enabled, then a warning is displayed in message log.
    • DEP is enabled by default.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Rare crash related to drag&drop should be fixed.
    • Registered user name now accepts and properly shows unicode.
    • Minor bugfixes.


July 24, 2011


June 11, 2011

Proxy Switcher 5.1.0 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Internet Explorer "Auto" control mode added and made default. It works as follwing - if socks server or a server with set login&password is activated then the IE will go through internal proxy server of the Proxy Switcher. Otherwise IE will be set to go through the specified server. Reason for this is following - IE doesn't play nice with socks servers.
    • Improved crash handling.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Good autoconfig pac files were not being accepted.
    • Australian flag was gone missing.
    • On some systems searching for anonymous servers were not activating properly.
    • Sometimes internal proxy server would stop responding to requests, in such case it will get restarted automatically.
    • Minor bugfixes.


May 31, 2011


May 6, 2011

Proxy Switcher major version 5.0.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Socks v4 and v5 and v5 password protected server support.
    • Improved removal speed of large amount of proxy servers.
    • Support of file:// syntax for autoconfig (pac) files.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Issues:
    • Sometimes internal proxy server was rebound twice on same port which caused it to actually stop responding to the requests.
    • HTTP/1.0 clients (like wget) work properly via internal proxy now.
    • Minor bugfixes.


February 9, 2011

Proxy Switcher version 4.10.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • General database speed improvements - works much faster with large amount of servers - tested up to 2.5 million entries in the folder. First time loading will take more time as database is converted.
    • Improved proxy moving speed.
    • Database is saved using new faster compressor - faster load times, faster exit times.
    • In preferences user can set a hotkey to show the main window of the program.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed memory leak in internal proxy server - could make program go out of memory in couple days of active use.
    • Minor bugfixes.


November 11, 2010

Proxy Switcher version 4.9.0 available
  • Improvements:
    • Added compatibility with Internet Explorer 9 Beta version.
    • Reduced CPU use in proxy list display. Scrolling should be much faster on old hardware.
    • Slightly improved performance on multicore CPUs.
    • Improved auto switcher log - faster and color coded.
    • Eliminated flicker on main window resize.
    • When auto switching is enabled scanner counter is updated in the status bar.
    • Auto switching scanner is made less aggressive when the working servers queue is full.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Some fixes for Win2003 compatibility.
    • Minor bugfixes.


September 10, 2010

Proxy Switcher version 4.8.2 released
  • Improvements:
    • Proxy scanner now submits fake user-agent to the server - seems some servers filter requests depending on the agent.
    • Support of running on removable drives (requires Portable PRO registration).
    • Using a subset of OpenSSL to reduce installation size.
    • Automated background tasks now include rescanning of the servers in the user folders.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed crash on Windows XP after calling proxy list settings.
    • Minor bugfixes.


August 27, 2010

Updated Proxy Switcher 4.8.1 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • In settings now can disable checking for support of  POST method.
    • Fixed a crash in alive checker if invalid proxy settings were set.
    • Fixed a case where sometimes on exiting program would hang.
    • Fixed a case where a handled exception on Windows XP would initiate Dr.Watson (possible bug in Windows).
    • Fixed few spots it could crash due to race condition and div by 0.
    • Minor bugfixes.


July 24, 2010

Proxy Switcher 4.8.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Added checking if internet connection is active. If the scanner is run and connection failure is detected a warning will be shown and scanning will be stopped.
    • Checking for POST enabled servers - requires anonymity checking enabled (registered version only).
    • Checking for server types - marking ZScaler and AnchorFree (optional) servers as dead.
    • Reduced times the DB is getting auto-saved.
    • Updated defunct testing target site.
    • Increased timeout from 45s to 90s for automated proxy list downloads in wizard and automated tasks.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


May 29, 2010

New version 4.7.0 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Support of password protected server import and export to text files - format is login:password@host:port
    • Scanner count boosting when there are lot of servers timingout (will work on systems not being tcp throttled).
    • Try to rescan some of the permanently dead servers every couple days (give them a last chance).
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Winows 7 was not being properly detected thus slowed down version of scanning was used.
    • Minor bugfixes.


March 31, 2010

Updated version of 4.6.0 has been uploaded Should fix the issue of crash during proxy list download.

March 21, 2010

Proxy Switcher 4.6.0 has been released
  • Improvements:
    • Improved javascript enabled parser reliability, should avoid some crashes.
    • Added new proxy list parsing engine - as a result new proxy list sites are added.
    • Added new subcategory for Dead servers - permanently dead, ones that go into there will not get rechecked as often.
    • Added check for presence of new version on site - will be shown in log.
    • Program restores auto switching state after restart.
    • Reduced used resources when idle even further (unused scanner workers are shut down).
    • Updated Ip2Country.


January 29, 2010

Proxy Switcher version 4.5.0 available
  • Improvements:
    • Precise proxy uptime history recorded and shown.
    • Improved parsing and extraction of servers from pages of unknown format (user defined).
    • Display of TCP traffic upload and download speed in status bar.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • User defined proxy list will now properly handle URLs w/o trailing slash like http://example.com
    • Minor bugfixes.


December 12, 2009

Proxy Switcher version 4.4.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Replaced Ip2Country with a more accurate one (derived from one used in IP2City plugin).
    • On fresh a installation worker count (proxy scanners) will be set by default to 12 on systems that permit it.
    • Improved proxy server detection when parsing user defined proxy lists that are formatted as text only.
    • Updated Ip2Country.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


September 2, 2009

Proxy Switcher updated to version 4.3.1
  • Improvements:
    • Databases are now saved using write-through mode to avoid data corruption in case of power failure.
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


August 10, 2009

Watching YouTube videos that are not available in your country. New use case - beating YouTube's geo-targeting.

July 23, 2009

Version 4.3.0 has been released
  • Improvements:
    • Added Uptime % column. Will display % of times server has been tested as working.
    • Automated tasks will prioritize scanning of servers with higher uptimes first.
    • Automated tasks dead server deletion changed - servers with lowest uptime % will be removed.
    • Filter now is applied to all folders at once and switching among them does not reset it.
    • Unicode support for user notes - properly entered, edited and displayed.
    • Unicode support for filter.
    • IP2City - filter box searches include cities now.
    • IP2City - country column sorting now sorting includes city names beside the country name.
    • Proxy listview column widths saved and restored.
    • Added minimize button to automatic tasks status window.
    • When background scan tasks are started it won't steal focus anymore from other applications.
    • Optimized miniscanlog - results in faster and freeze less UI.
    • Updated google test target to reflect changes.
    • While the scanner is active it's possible to queue more servers for testing from popupmenu.
    • Renamed (Alive) servers into (Alive-SSL) and (Anonymous) to (Anonymous-SSL) to make it more clear.
    • Slightly improved detection of the best matching whois reply from whois servers.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


June 27, 2009

Updated version 4.2.0 of Proxy Switcher available
  • Improvements:
    • It is now possible to request WHOIS information on proxy servers by right clicking a proxy server and clicking appropriate popup menu entry.
    • Now there are 3 ways to control IE - direct, hybrid (via internal proxy) and disabled.
    • If Direct IE control is disabled then IE settings will be changed to work via internal proxy server.
    • If user attempts to set user&password for a proxy a warning icon will be shown if Direct IE control is enabled.
    • Added option to show times as  time passed since now instead of absolute values (enabled by default).
    • Improved interface responsibility while scanner is active.
    • Save and restore window size and position upon exit.
    • Added early Ip2Country detection where it's possible.
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • When not scanning potentially dangerous servers it was waiting till timeout was reached instead of stopping right away.
    • Ip2Country - Slovenia and Sweden were misdetected.
    • Minor bugfixes.


May 25, 2009

New updated version 4.1.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Using more servers when checking for anonymity (registered version only).
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


May 3, 2009

IP2City plugin for Proxy Switcher PRO  has been released. It provides more additional more detailed IP geo location information.

April 27, 2009

New major version 4.0.0 of Proxy Switcher is available
  • Improvements:
    • Full support of SSL (https://) connection testing.
    • Improved scan time measurment.
    • Added Elite-SSL server type - elite server that also supports SSL (https://) connections.
    • Optimized proxy switching speed especially in cases with a with lot of RAS connections.
    • Added click and double click actions to mini log window.
    • After a single server is scanned (from context menu) main proxy list will be scrolled to ensure the entry is visible.
    • Can multiselect entries in user defined proxy list (to remove them).
    • When starting scan from toolbar on a filtered list of servers it will only scan the filtered ones.
    • Support of IP2City external database (purchasable as additional download).
    • Automatic IP2City database update.
    • Pre-filtering of the downloaded web pages to avoid possible hangs inside Internet Explorer's html parser.
    • Additional safeguards to ProxyNet.
    • Possibility to change registration key from the about box (in case of an upgrade from Standard to Pro version for example).
    • Improved compatibility with proxy servers when using automatic proxy username and password.
    • Proxy editing window remembers previous state it was in (basic or advanced) and will try to prefer it when possible.
    • Proxy editing window accepts entered Host:Port format when entered into host window.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • When registering program under Windows Vista it will automatically register it for all accounts on the current machine.
    • Minor bugfixes.


March 12, 2009

New mini-guide to beating Forum IP address ban  - In case your IP has been banned by the forum administration here's how you can beat it.

February 20, 2009

Proxy Switcher version 3.24.0 has been released
  • Improvements:
    • Improved testing server checking on scanning start.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Properly scans servers which name consistsof a single word (no dots).
    • Handles properly server entries where first character of port is 0.
    • Minor bugfixes.


January 30, 2009

Proxy Switcher updated to version 3.23.0
  • Improvements:
    • Improved startup reliability on some systems.
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


December 11, 2008

Proxy Switcher version 3.22.0 available
  • Improvements:
    • Updated non anoymous target testing list.
    • Updated proxy settings handling via non direct IE control.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


November 19, 2008

Proxy Switcher version 3.21.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Added scanner mini log window.
    • Added private network IP address filtrationclient and server side.
    • Added password protected proxy support (minimal).
    • Added hint display to the folders tree.
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


October 25, 2008

New mini-guide to beating BBC iPlayer  - BBC provides huge amounts of online video, but it's for United Kingdom only. Learn how to beat this limitation.

October 12, 2008

New version 3.20.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Rewritten connection throttling - should give much faster browsing via internal proxy while the scanner is active (priorities added) and moderately faster scanning due to more aggressive settings.
    • Added uninstaller option to remove user data & keys - effectively can be used to reset the settings.
    • Much reduced flicker of the filter box control.
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


October 10, 2008

Updated site's design

September 12, 2008

Proxy Switcher version 3.19.0 available
  • Improvements:
    • Reworked settings dialog.
    • Added option to disable tray icon animations.
    • Overall reliability improvements.
    • Slight database search speedup.
    • Improved recovery from data corruption.
    • Added startup watchdog - should help starting on some rare configurations.
    • When downloading proxy lists the amount downloaded being shown instead of speed.
  • Bugs:
    • In some cases proxy list downloads were not stopping until aborted.
    • Minor bugfixes.


August 14, 2008

Proxy Switcher version 3.18.0
  • Improvements:
    • Added detection of hibernation/sleep/wakeup.
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Bugs:
    • Fixed proxy list not being refereshed when proxy is manually added.
    • Minor bugfixes.


July 15, 2008

Proxy Switcher updated to 3.17.0
  • Improvements:
    • New version of ProxyNet.
    • Faster proxy list downloads.
    • Reduced idle CPU load.
    • Added hints that show why the proxy test has failed last time for the particular server.
    • Removed XP-style for the Windows 2000 and older.
    • Added much more robust settings saving to reduce chances of the corruption.
  • Bugs:
    • Removed half-open socket throttling (it actually was not being disabled completly).
    • Fixed protection against group policy.


June 25, 2008

Proxy Switcher 3.16.0 has been released
  • Improvements:
    • Protection against domain group policy changing your proxy settings while Proxy Switcher is running.
    • Added option to mark CoDeeN servers as dead since recent changes to proxy scanning handling resulted in them being included in results.
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Bugs:
    • Server shouldn't time out when checking increased number of targets.
    • Fixed minor issue with unchecking options in group checklist boxes.


June 10, 2008

Proxy Switcher 3.15.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • Auto switcher supports multiple source folders for switching.
    • Changed auto switching algorithm to maximize count of working used servers - thus reducing amount of data sent through each of the server.
    • Added option to change auto switcher proxy server picking strategy - prefer faster servers vs prefer random servers.
    • Changed proxy handling protocol from HTTP/1.0 to HTTP/1.1
    • Updated Ip2Country database.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Suppress scripting error messages from Internet Explorer while parsing proxy lists.


May 17, 2008

New version 3.14.0 available
  • Improvements:
    • New/Updated tutorials added.
    • Improved backup strategy against database corruptions.
    • Updated IP to Country database.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Installation over the already installed Proxy Switcher does not overwrite previously saved settings.


May 15, 2008

New article Configure Mozilla Firefox for increased privacy describes how to re-configure your favorite browser to leave minimal traces on your own system.


April 22, 2008

Proxy switcher version 3.13.0
  • Improvements:
    • Now can be installed by power user instead of only administrator.
    • If during auto tasks network has gone done or test sites are otherwise are unreachable error dialog will automatically close.
    • Registered users can change scanning non-anon test targets in the options.
    • Installer supports new options /name and /key to allow install via Systems Management Server.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Internal proxy server has fixed limit of possible active connections to avoid exausting resources in some cases.


March 15, 2008

Proxy Switcher updated to 3.12.2
  • Improvements:
    • Better handling of tricky javascripted proxy lists.
    • Updated IP-2-Country database.


January 15, 2008

Proxy Switcher 3.12.1 uploaded
  • Improvements:
    • More clear category names added.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed hung while starting up if internal server is disabled.


December 19, 2007

Proxy Switcher 3.12.0 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Unattended installing added use keys /SILENT and /VERYSILENT when starting installer.
    • When scanning user's own folders 'Proxy Switcher' and 'My proxy servers' don't move them away.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Edit/Remove didn't work properly in combination with active filtering.
    • Possible crash during scanning.


November 20, 2007

Proxy Switcher 3.11.4 has been released
  • Improvements:
    • Auto scheduled task window doesn't get covered in some cases by main window.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed autoswitching bug - it was not cleaning scanner queue in some cases.
    • Additional checks for scanner reliablity added.


November 2, 2007

Users urged to upgrade to new version 3.11.3
  • Improvements:
    • Reworked fake-server detection - version upgrade for users strongly recommended.
    • Dynamic timeout scanner manipulation - should reduce amount of timed out servers.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor issues.


October 19, 2007

Proxy Switcher 3.11.2 released
  • Improvements:
    • Multiple target checking when scanning servers -should fight servers that pose themselves as proxy but really aren't.
    • Support of a mobile installation on removabledevices (like a flash) - will not save settings in registry or userfiles.
    • Clean some traces in registry which are left bywindows explorer (mobile only).
    • Priority scanning - scanner first will try to checkservers that are more likely to be alive.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor issues.


September 10, 2007

Proxy Switcher 3.11.0 released
  • Improvements:
    • ProxyNET implemented - added feedback loop forfunctioning servers to improve list quality.
    • Detection of half-open limitation patch fortcpip.sys driver under Windows XP and Vista.
    • Improved unhandled exception handling to increasesoftware stability.
    • Lot of components unit tested to increasereliablity.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed race condition which can happen on multicoreCPU during program startup under very high loads.
    • CPU load measured properly for Vista.
    • When uninstalling feedback webpage was gettingopened too many times.
    • Other minor issues.
July 10, 2007

July 10, 2007

Version 3.10.0 was released
  • Improvements:
    • More lightweight and faster javascript parser.
    • Added support for external javascript includes.
    • Automatic redirection support for proxy list downloader.
    • Cookie support for proxy list downloader.
    • Improved integrated proxy server HTTP/1.1 compatibility.
    • Control and queue of HalfOpen sockets for operating systems newer than XP.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed crash in certain cases of multi-monitor system.
    • Fixed few other problems.


March 23, 2007

Version 3.9.3 released
  • Improvements:
    • Improved speed and reliability of proxy list download with javascript parser.
    • Using different default proxy test target.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed few cases of crash possibility.


February 27, 2007

Proxy Switcher update 3.9.2 has been released
  • Improvements:
    • Improved compatibility with Windows Vista.
    • Updated IP-to-Country list.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed problem where javascript parsing was used when unneeded.
    • Fixed and improved troubleshooting checks.


February 21, 2007

Proxy Switcher 3.9.1 is available
  • Improvements:
    • Added Proxy List Settings - allows to enable/disable certain built-in proxy list sites.
    • Added javascripted proxy list page parsing.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Automatic Task Scheduled mode is now saved properly.


January 18, 2007

Proxy Switcher has been released
  • Improvements:
    • Option to provide external access to integrated proxy server.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed few crash possibilities.


December 17, 2006

Proxy Switcher update
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Built-in testing URL hotfix.
    • Other minor fixes.


October 24, 2006

New Proxy Switcher release :
  • Improvements:
    • More system friendly automatic task starting - will delay start if system load is high.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed problem with extreamely long POST requests.
    • Various minor problems fixed.


October 2, 2006

Proxy Switcher 3.8.0 was released.
  • Improvements:
    • Added Automatic Tasks Scheduler - keep the working lists updated automatically.
    • Added new wizard task - recheck working & anonymous proxy servers.
    • Added context menu option to copy IP addess into clipboard.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Wizard scenarios improvements.
    • Multi-monitor popup window/menu positioning fixes.
    • Minor bugfixes.


September 13, 2006

Proxy Switcher 3.7.2 has been released.
  • Improvements:
    • Improved exception processor added.


September 3, 2006

Proxy Switcher 3.7.1 is available!
  • Improvements:
    • Ability to show tray menu entries in user specified custom format.
    • Improved proxy list downloader to combat "anti-leeching" protection on various websites.
    • New hotkeys added - <Space> to activate select proxy and <Backspace> to switcht to direct connection.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Minor bugfixes.


July 4, 2006,

Version 3.7.0 is available featuring following changes
  • Improvements:
    • Microsoft Windows Vista support.
    • Improved filtering that works for all columns.
    • Troubleshooting helper dialog implemented.
    • Improved, more informative autoswitching.
    • Better context menu handling when multiple proxy servers are selected.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • In settings dialog default source category for auto switcher was not set properly.
    • Other minor bugfixes.


May 22, 2006

Version 3.6.0 has been released with the following changes :
  • Improvements:
    • Improved more descriptive tray icons.
    • Keep-Alive/Auto Switching mode is saved and restored after restart.
    • Country column width auto-set to fit longest country name.
    • Active proxy entry will change color along with the changed icon.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Fixed bug where exception could happen when testing on selected proxies was called.
    • Minor bugfixes.


January 29, 2006

Proxy Switcher 3.5.0 is available!
  • Improvements:
    • Browser User-Agent emulation.
    • Login/Password specification for user proxy list servers.
    • Function properly and store settings when run from removable storage.
    • Improved timeout checking for proxy list downloader.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Last active page of settings dialog is shown.
    • Re-enabled 'About' menu item in tray menu.
    • Fixed popup window placement on multimonitor setup.
    • Wizard driven scanning stability improved.
    • Other minor bugs fixed.


October 2, 2005

Proxy Switcher 3.4.0 has been released.
  • Improvements:
    • Searching for Elite proxy servers.
    • Option to hide proxy address in popup menu if note is specified.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Better standard compatbility with http servers.
    • Other minor bugs fixed.


August 1, 2005

Proxy Switcher 3.3.0 is available!
  • Improvements:
    • Quick-filter for proxy list.
    • Improved compatiblity with exotic proxy servers.
    • Updated IP2Country database.
    • Found proxy counting.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Improved POST method support for large uploads.
    • Rare memory leak in internal proxy server.
    • Other minor bugs fixed.


May 13, 2005

Proxy Switcher 3.2.0 has been released.
  • Improvements:
    • In caption and in tray hint report coutry along the IP.
    • Generic proxy list extractor.
    • Internal proxy will retry couple times to fetch data instead of giving up.
    • Checking for potentially dangerous servers.
    • Will accept mising trailing slash for autoconfig URLs.
    • Add proxy server that matches current proxy settings.
    • Add user folders/subfolders.
    • Internal Socks server.
    • Testing for SSL capable servers.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • When program mode is changed splitter is not placed in the proper place.
    • URLs with asterisk was determined as invalid.
    • When exiting program could crash with a message that heartbeat was called from thread that was not created.
    • Could not disable internal proxy server.
    • Other minor bugs fixed.


March 21, 2005

Proxy Switcher 3.1.0 is available.
  • Improvements:
    • Country flags added to popup menu and program.
    • Active proxy is displayed in the hint of the tray icon.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Intenal proxy server sudden listener death.
    • Possibility of exception in proxy server on shutdown.
    • Unclosed sockets left hanging.


February 20, 2005

Proxy Switcher 3.0.1 has been released.
  • Improvements:
    • HTTP/1.1 style persistent connection support in internal proxy server.
  • Fixed Bugs:
    • Changed "dead" proxy detection pattern.
    • Lockup when scanning is active and adding/editing is being done.
    • Windows shutdown prevention.
    • In statubar ClearType overdraw problem fixed.
    • When installing over version (2.x possibly) it was not killing active instance.
    • Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V did not work in enter keycode dialog.
    • DNS lookup failure due to a network error was throwing an unexpected exception.
    • Unexpected exception thrown on certain command line parameters.
    • Downloads via internal proxy server sometimes were getting corrupt.
    • Due to Mozilla keeping spare proxy connections open changes were not instant.
    • When working through internal proxy server exclusions were being ignored.
    • Tray popup menu was not showing active proxy server entry if it was not in the "ProxySwitcher" folder.


February 17, 2005

New tutorial - Get Firefox to work with Proxy Switcher.
  • This tutorial will help all Mozilla Firefox users to configure their browsers for surfing via Proxy Switcher.


January 24, 2005

Online flash tutorials added.
  • To help new users with the basics of Proxy Switcher couple of flash tutorials were added.


January 20, 2005

Proxy Switcher 3.0.0 is available!
  • Improvements:
    • Completly rewritten scanning engine.
    • Created internal/forwarding proxy server for other applications besides Internet Explorer.
    • Proxy servers are being tested for "CONNECT" method support.
    • "File-Import from text file..." displays results of the operation.
    • Simplified UI structure - only one main window for standard version instead of two. Two modes (switching and anonymous) added.
    • Tray icon popup menu displays notes.
    • Added flash tutorials.