I am looking for a program that can:
- provide a SOCKS proxy server
- support Windows 7
- require no or little configuration
You can use CCProxy:
To connect to it, e.g., in Firefox:
3proxy. Very small console program, can do a lot. Free & opensource, cross platform. A proxy server is created with an 1 line config.
WinGate has had SOCKS support for many years. The current version supports:
Policy/Events support allows you to modify Connect, Bind and UDP associate requests, so you can divert connections where you like.
Connections can be intercepted to other proxies (for example the caching web proxy, or mail proxies) so that HTTP (and even HTTPS) over SOCKS can benefit from caching and AV scanning.
Connections can also be gatewayed via an upstream SOCKS4, SOCKS4a or HTTP tunneling proxy.
WinGate has a free license for 10 concurrent users or you can purchase a license if you need more users or features.
* You need an enterprise license for AD support.
Disclaimer: I work for Qbik, the authors of WinGate