Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:23 AM
I believe you are misunderstanding the purpose of the proxy in this case.
A proxy is also used in organizations to provide Internet access to workstations and servers. In these organizations, the network is designed as such that you can't access the Internet directly. All computers that need Internet access, need to connect to a special server that has access to the Internet. This special server is known as a proxy.
The proxy settings you talk about are there for this proxy, this special server that gives you access to the Internet.
It allows these AV programs to also work in a corporate environment where you don't have direct Internet access, but need to use a proxy server.
They are not designed to be used with anonymous proxies.
Most AV companies digitally sign their signature updates, you don't need to setup a special encrypted connection to protect updates.
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