Chapter Two Part Eight: Best 2 Extensions For You To Manage Network Proxy Settings

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Whether Freegate, Tor, Snova or any other proxy clients or SSH tunnels, you need to change the network proxy settings before you can use them to unblock those blocked sites.

Although their proxy addresses are same (, their ports are usually different, for example, Freegate is 8580, Tor is 9050, Snova is 48100, etc., instead to change the port value manually every time when transferring one proxy to another, you can use the following 2 free extensions to do that automatically.

1. SwitchySharp


SwitchySharp (or Proxy SwitchySharp) is a Chrome extension.

After installation, you can see a new tab of SwitchySharp Options, on which, you can enter a proxy's name as the Profile Name, and set the Manual Configuration.

For FreeGate, GappProxy, Goagent, Hyk-proxy, Snova or UltraSurf, you can enter together with its port in the HTTP Proxy column and check the "Use the same proxy server for all protocols" box; for Tor or SSH, you can just enter together with port 9050 or 7070 in the SOCKS Hosts (SOCKS v4) column.

After that, click the "Save" button, then, you can click on the SwitchySharp icon in the Toolbar, and select the Profile Name to use the proxy service.


To find an alternative Chrome extension, you can check out Proxy Switchy, which is nearly same as SwitchySharp, but not so popular.

2. FoxyProxy Standard

FoxyProxy Standard

FoxyProxy Standard is a Firefox extension.

After installation, you can see the extension icon in both Navigation Toolbar and Add-on Bar, click on which, you can start to add proxy configuration by clicking on the "Add New Proxy" button in the settings window.

For FreeGate, GappProxy, Goagent, Hyk-proxy, Snova or UltraSurf, you can enter together with its port in the Host or IP Address column of the Proxy Details tab.

And for Tor or SSH tunnel, you also need to check the "SOCKS proxy?" box as well as the "SOCKS v4/4a" box.

For better experience, you can enter the proxy service's name as Proxy Name in the General tab if you like.

After that, click the "OK" button, then you will see a new pop-up with the following message:

You didn't enter and enable any whitelisted (inclusive) URL patterns. This means the proxy won't be used unless FoxyProxy is set to "Use Proxy tor for all URLs". Continue anyway?

Just click on the "OK" button, then you can select the proxy name from the "Select Mode" column in the top of the settings window and use its proxy service.


AutoProxy is also a free Firefox add-on like FoxyProxy Standard.

By the way, whichever extension you are using, you can add some rules to or not to visit some sites via proxy if you like, and then FoxyProxy Standard won't ask you if to "Continue anyway?" any more.

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