How To Hide Your IP Using SwitchProxy Firefox Add-on

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Update: The SwitchProxy is no longer available. However, you may still hide your IP address in Firefox with other free add-ons.

SwitchProxy Firefox add-on lets you supervise and switch between several proxy configurations promptly and without any difficulty. You can also use it as hiding IP tool to protect your computer from snooping eyes.

When we work with more than one proxy on a normal basis, we all perhaps know how irritating it is to keep track of each of them, not to talk about the number of clicks it takes us to switch between them. SwitchProxy is a Mozilla add-on which we use to systematize and organize all proxies which we want to work with. With SwitchProxy you can insert, edit and delete proxies which you work with from a distinct master list. When you want to use one proxy, you just pick it from the master list and click apply.

SwitchProxy has an anonymous feature or one may say a secret feature, an anonymizer uses a file of proxies that it at random switches between at definite intervals. Many people use anonymizers to guard their IP addresses and protect themselves from hackers, online tracking, and other website prying techniques.

How to use SwitchProxy Firefox Add-on

Here is exactly how to use this add-on to hide your IP:

Step 1. Download and install SwitchProxy.

Switch Proxy

Step 2. Press Add button
Step 3. Choose Anonymous from proxy configuration type dialog and press Next

Proxy Configuration Type

Step 4. In the next window, you can add proxies, either manually (one by one) or by loading from a proxy list (check our recommended proxy lists). Also choose a name for your proxy configuration, for example, MyProxy, and then press Save.

SwitchProxy add proxies

Step 5. From the toolbar, choose MyProxy from the dropdown list and then press Apply.

SwitchProxy Apply

Step 6. Check your IP to and you are done.

Step 7. In order to add more proxies to your configuration press Edit. In order to create a new proxy collection/configuration press Add.

Step 8. To restore your original configuration select None from the Proxy drop-down and press Apply.

SwitchProxy for Firefox 3.0

As you probably know already, the SwitchProxy add-on does not work with Firefox 3.0. Jeremy Gillick has not updated this great add-on from November 2006, so, obviously, there is no update for Firefox 3.0.

So, what to do if you upgraded to Firefox 3.0 and still want to use the SwitchProxy add-on? 

Here is what you can do:

1. Use Multiproxy Switch, which is based on SwitchProxy, and it can work on Firefox 3.0 (I will come back with more details about this add-on in a later post).
2. Use the upgrade for Firefox 3.0 proposed by random($foo). Here is the direct download link for SwitchProxy for Firefox 3.0.

I hope that Jeremy Gillick will find time to upgrade SwitchProxy in the near future, as it would be sad to have this great add-on dead and buried. 🙂

SwitchProxy proxy list

In order to hide your IP, you need first to find some good anonymous proxies. There are a lot of sites, like or, that list tens of fresh proxies every day. Unfortunately, SwitchProxy is not able to import proxies directly from these sites, so you have to add them manually. Not very comfortable!

Recently, I found a proxy list that can be used with SwitchProxy. A guy from a forum wrote a script which parses the Xroxy anonymous proxy list and returns them in a format that can be imported by the SwitchProxy add-on.

The URL to this list is:

Here is how to get this list imported by SwitchProxy:

1. Open Firefox. Go to Tools -> SwitchProxy -> Preferences
2. Press Manage Proxies
3. Press Add (add a new proxy configuration)
4. Choose Anonymous and click Next
5. Import the proxies from the provided URL. Here is how:

Switchproxy proxy list

6. Save the configuration
7. When you want to browse anonymously you just have to go to Tools -> SwitchProxy and select the desired configuration (Xroxy in my case)

I hope this helps :).

Happy surfing!

12 comments… add one
  • jimmy Dec 17, 2008

    this thing is so slow…if it even works…. its not worth anything. it kept timing me out.

  • jigz Apr 28, 2009

    Thank you so much for this !!!! very2 thankful for this !!!!!!!!

    God bless

  • santosh Sep 4, 2009

    hai i have downloaded SwitchProxy but i cannot setup it.
    so plz anyone, can u tell me what is the problem.

  • HideIP Admin Sep 4, 2009

    @santosh – Please provide more details regarding your problem. Do you see the add-on in the browser? Do you have trouble in finding a good proxy?

  • ZEEKHAN Oct 19, 2009

    sir i changed the ip in the addon, but in whats my IP they r still showing my Orignal IP, whats the problem please explain..?

  • sarthak Feb 4, 2010

    i installed switch proxy and i can see the add on but i cant see the toolbar you showed………reply at my email id

  • HideIP Admin Feb 4, 2010

    @sarthak – Unfortunately, it seems that SwitchProxy does not work with the latest versions of Firefox.

  • lisa Feb 26, 2011


    With the help of this site i can watch BBC iplayer and ITV player on the internet but i am unable to get Channel 4 40d and Channel 5 internet channel.
    Can you advise me how to get these channels please

  • bob Feb 28, 2011

    does not work, it kept crashing the browser

  • cory Jun 7, 2011

    not compatible with firefox 4.01

  • kyriousrobert Mar 14, 2012

    i had the latest version of mozilla does this mean i can’t use it i hope to install it in the future seems a very good addons

  • U D I P Mar 19, 2012

    The add-on has been disabled by adminstrator shittt

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