Yahoo Messenger proxy problem fixed

yahoo-messenger-logo.gifThe Problem
I had problem with my Yahoo Messenger after I started using proxy to get to the Internet. Although I have set the proxy settings in Yahoo Messenger, it still can’t get connected and login to my account. I’m pretty sure that all settings are correct and I even had tried many options in the connection setting but it still failed to connect.

The Solution
After trying for about 2 months (lol…), now I can use my Yahoo Messenger as before. The solution is, besides you set the connection in Yahoo Messenger to “Firewall with no proxies”, you must set your Internet Explorer to connect via proxy too. I’m not sure why it must be like that but maybe Yahoo Messenger using IE connection settings to get into the Internet before it use its own proxy settings to send and receive messages.

mobile-msgr-logo.gifHow did I know that?
Actually this problem happened to me once when I tried to install Yahoo Messenger. I got an error when it tries to connect to the Internet. As you may know, Yahoo Messenger installer will copy all needed files from the Yahoo server. And because I’m using proxy, it failed to connect to the server and makes me thinking how to solve that. And the solution is set the proxy setting in Internet Explorer. I did that by using my instinct. Note: Because I’m not using Internet Explorer to surf the web, so I didn’t set the proxy before.

YM me
Because now I can use my Yahoo Messenger and if you want to chat with me, you can do so by adding me to your buddy list. Here is my screen name: cypherhackz. Btw sometimes my internet connection is unstable and disconnect automatically. If you send me a message and did not get any replies from me within 5 minutes, thats mean I have difficulties with my connection.

This is just a reminder for those who downloaded Yahoo Messenger before March 13, 2007. There is a security issue commonly referred to as a buffer overflow in an ActiveX control. To be safe, you are required to download the latest version of your Yahoo Messenger client immediately at Yahoo Messenger download page. More info about this issue can be found here, Yahoo! ActiveX Audio Conferencing Update.


  1. To be precise, the IE internet options is actually the Internet option for your whole windows XP internet connection. I think that’s why you need to set the proxy there in order for your YM to connect.

    I tried once configuring my MSN because it cannot connect to the internet. After long time of testing, i found out the main problem is that i’ve set work offline in IE. That actually makes my msn offline… [-( zzz

    • can yu help me i have a prob with my yahoo messenger i can’t send messages to the people who are not my friends in buddy list. some other says it was just a blank message??what should ido?i already reinstall yahoo messenger but nothing happen!!thanks…..

    • When you uninstall the application, make sure to remove the application folder in your C:\Document and Settings/\Local Settings\Application Data\Yahoo\. Then try reinstall the app again. Hope this helps!

  2. after reading your comment, i can say, that is how microsoft control people in win xp. everything must going through their system/applications. [-(

  3. After trying for about 2 months (lol…)
    apesal la ko tak tanya aku ke…fath ke awal-awal..huhu patut la aku baru nampak semalam ko on9
    btw aku guna gaim je.. laju dan x bermasalah walaupun gne proxy

  4. mana la aku nak tahu. hu3. tapi takpe. semuanye dah setel. kui3. skang ni dalam proses nak upgrade ym plak.

  5. same in vista. even though i didn’t set to use proxy in YM, it will still read proxy settings in internet explorer, if available.

  6. aiyooo 2 bulan ker… am pun ada guna gak proxy ni semata2 nak bagi ym kat office lepas… tapi bila dorang buat domain migration… sakitla… tapi sekarang dah ok… pasal kami dah boleh pakai gaim atau meebo sajork..

  7. where do you live? why using proxy?

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    bagus la. hu3. macam ramai jek yang gune gaim. best ker?

  9. Best solution to bypass proxy and firewall is to use soft on

  10. its not fair that roxys keep being blocked!!! i need a good proxy!!!!!!!!


  11. Have you try I am not sure whether it can bypass your proxy or not but you can try. 🙂

  12. and add more if they blocked meebo main page just go directly to the security page…

    i using it a lot at my college since they not allowed any IM here..

  13. Hi,

    I found a better and easier solution for proxy here

    Hope it helps.

  14. ConfusedDude says:


    I am using socks connection to connect my IPHONE internet connection using adhoc wifi network. However, I can not run Yahoo Messenger. The problem might be with socks connection. I am confused.

    I can browse the internet using Mozilla Firefox. However, internet explorer will not work.

    I followed the steps above. However, it gave no solution. Any solution


  15. aku x dapat buat lg ni..
    mmg aku klu nk guna internet n ym pun mmg kena guna proxy..
    sbelum ni bleh guna ym ..
    tp dia slalu sign out sendiri..
    sekarang ni lak xleh guna ym langsung.
    bleh tolong x??

  16. hey. can you help me. i can’t fix my ym. the prob is that when i open it, the messages can’t be seen. what will i do? thanks. 😀

    • When you uninstall the application, make sure to remove the application folder in your C:\Document and Settings/\Local Settings\Application Data\Yahoo\. Then try reinstall the app again. Hope this helps!

  17. i tried it setting the connection to firewall without proxies ,still did not login

  18. any one help me , for slove my Yahoo messenger login problem , caz i revice msg like” Change the Proxy settings ” when i loggin yahoo Messenger. so pls send me solution for my problem.

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