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Proxy Server Options

Proxy server

To access the Internet, either to test pages or to check for updates, your organisation may require connections to go through a Proxy Server. If you cannot check any pages on the Internet, or otherwise believe that you use a Proxy Server then you must complete this section. You may have to contact your IT provider or internal IT support function to find out what settings to use here.

If you have selected the Use System proxy menu option, Total Validator will try to use the operating system settings to determine which proxy server to use. But if this doesn't work, or if you simply wish to override these settings, you may supply the details here. You must supply the host name or IP address of the proxy server, optionally a port number (defaults to 8080, or 1080 for SOCKS) and whether it uses SOCKS.

For most organisations, the settings here will be the same for every workspace you create. So you should consider saving these to the 'defaults' workspace, to avoid having to re-enter them for each workspace.


Many proxy servers require you to authenticate yourself, so there are fields to enter the required user name and password to use. When connecting to a proxy server using Windows (NTLM) authentication you may need to supply a domain name. In this case enter the domain name and user name separated by a backslash into the user name field. For example, MYDOMAIN\myuser.

Although the password is masked with asterisks when you type it in, it will still be stored as plain text when you save your workspace. To avoid this, you may wish to use Prompt for authentication instead. You may also need to use this option if connections pass through more than one authenticating proxy, which require different name/password combinations.

Any proxy authentication details you enter using any method will be cached in memory until Total Validator is restarted to save you having to enter them more than once.


You can also enter a comma-separated list of host names or IP addresses which will bypass the proxy server. Note that this may not always override any system proxy settings that may be used. You may also use a * character as a wildcard at the start or end of each host name or IP address, but not both, and you cannot use * on its own. Also note that "" and "localhost" are automatically included so you do not have to list them here.

Prompt for authentication

Instead of entering the proxy authentication details above, you can choose to be prompted for them each time they are needed using this option. In this case a dialog box will be displayed, prompting you to enter a valid user/password combination.

Any proxy authentication details you enter will be cached in memory until Total Validator is restarted to save you having to enter them more than once.

Note: This option is ignored when using the browser extensions with the 'Send DOM' or Send source' options to prevent pop-ups from appearing for every link on every page. Instead you must use one of the methods above to ensure that the authentication details are cached first.