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:

  • non-free
  • support Windows 7
  • provides SOCKS v5 server:

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  • nothing to be configured except allowing the IP of the clients:

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  • support many other protocol:

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To connect to it, e.g., in Firefox:

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  • Looks like it doesn't run as service. – Hikari Jul 22 '18 at 22:35
  • @Hikari: Not by default but if you click on "Options" then you'll see an tickbox labelled "NT service". – Richard Jan 2 '19 at 18:06

3proxy. Very small console program, can do a lot. Free & opensource, cross platform. A proxy server is created with an 1 line config.

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  • Nice, it's free and open source (and still maintained)! – Franck Dernoncourt May 12 '14 at 4:49
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    Any idea why Firefox says "This web page at 3proxy.ru has been reported to contain unwanted software and has been blocked based on your security preferences." ? – user1338062 Oct 19 '15 at 7:33
  • Chrome does not flag it. – Moab May 27 '16 at 20:34
  • @Moab: it happens when you click on the download link inside that page, not on the page linked by OP directly – Thomas Weller May 31 '16 at 21:11
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    @jiveturkey what "it"? 3proxy? And what if the site is russian? Then stop using nginx, it's russian too (made by a Rambler employee). – Smit Johnth Jul 11 '17 at 17:03

WinGate has had SOCKS support for many years. The current version supports:

  • SOCKS4
  • SOCKS4a
  • SOCKS5, including support for UDP, and plaintext and GSSAPI (Active Directory integrated *) authentication

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.

Feature Breakdown by license

* You need an enterprise license for AD support.

Disclaimer: I work for Qbik, the authors of WinGate

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