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.
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.
How 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.
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.