Problem: Unable to update SurveyGold

You perform the Update SurveyGold action. The Update program launches but it is unable to update the application and returns errors indicating that the update failed.

Here is a list of possible root causes and what to do about them.



POSSIBLE ROOT CAUSE #1: Proxy Server

If you are in an institutional setting where your computer is managed by information technology staff, then ask them the following question:
  • Do we use a proxy server to access the Internet? 
If the answer is "yes", then follow-up by asking them these questions:
  • What is the proxy server TCP/IP address?
    (Note: The address is a series of numbers separated by three periods.)
  • What is the proxy server port number?
  • What is the user name and password (if any) used to gain access to the proxy server? 
When you have the answer to these questions, complete the following steps:
  1. Launch the SurveyGold application.
  2. Select About in the SurveyGold application toolbar.
  3. Select Update SurveyGold.
  4. When the Update application appears, select the blue link "Click here to configure the proxy".
  5. When the Proxy window opens, select the option "Enable HTTP proxy" and enter the proxy server answers provided by your information technology staff.
    (Note: Enter the proxy server TCP/IP address in the "Host" field.)
  6. Select OK to save the proxy preferences for the Update program.
Note: You will only have to configure the proxy settings for the Update program once. The Update program retains these preferences for future use.



POSSIBLE ROOT CAUSE #2: Firewall on Your Computer

If you are still unable to acquire the update, this means that some other program or security setting on your computer is preventing the Update application from communicating to the surveygold.com subscription server via the Internet.

The most likely culprit is firewall software running on your computer. Some firewall programs interpret SurveyGold's attempt to access the Internet as suspicious, blocking its attempt to connect with SurveyGold online services via the Internet.

To resolve this, access your firewall software and create rules to allow the following programs to access the Internet both outbound and inbound.
  • surveygold.exe
  • rteng9.exe
  • update.exe
These programs reside in a folder (which varies depending upon your version of the Windows operating system):
  • Windows 7 32-bit:         "C:\Program Files\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 8 32-bit:         "C:\Program Files\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 10 32-bit:       "C:\Program Files\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 7 64-bit         "C:\Program Files (x86)\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 8 64-bit         "C:\Program Files (x86)\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 10 64-bit       "C:\Program Files (x86)\SurveyGold"
If you are unfamiliar with how to do this, refer to the Windows Firewall help in your Windows Control Panel and look in the section pertaining to "rules".



POSSIBLE ROOT CAUSE #3: Antivirus

If you are still unable to acquire the update, this means that some other program or security setting on your computer is preventing the Update application from communicating to the surveygold.com subscription server via the Internet. 

Another likely culprit is antivirus software running on your computer. Some antivirus programs interpret SurveyGold's attempt to access the Internet as suspicious blocking its attempt to connect with SurveyGold online services via the Internet.

To resolve this, access your antivirus software and create rules to allow the following programs to access the Internet both outbound and inbound.
  • surveygold.exe
  • rteng9.exe
  • update.exe
These programs reside in a folder (which varies depending upon your version of the Windows operating system):
  • Windows 7 32-bit:         "C:\Program Files\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 8 32-bit:         "C:\Program Files\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 10 32-bit:       "C:\Program Files\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 7 64-bit         "C:\Program Files (x86)\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 8 64-bit         "C:\Program Files (x86)\SurveyGold"
  • Windows 10 64-bit:      "C:\Program Files (x86)\SurveyGold"
If you are unfamiliar with how to do this, refer to your antivirus software's help facility and look in the section pertaining to "Internet worm protection" or "managing exceptions".



POSSIBLE ROOT CAUSE #4: Corporate Firewall on Your Company Network

If you are in an institutional setting where your access to the Internet is moderated by your company, the SurveyGold websites could be blocked by a corporate firewall. Contact your IT support staff and ensure that the following websites are not blocked:
  • surveygold.com IP address: 38.89.141.118

  • surveygoldcloud.com IP address: 38.89.141.32
These websites are accessed by the SurveyGold application via port 80 (HTTP) and port 443 (HTTPS).  



POSSIBLE ROOT CASE #5: Administrator Privileges Requires for SurveyGold Application

If you are in an institutional setting where your access to the Internet is moderated by your company, the SurveyGold application could be restricted from accessing the Internet due to the application running with too low a security privilege as defined by a network administrator.

Work with your IT support staff to elevate the application to run using Administrator privileges. This can be done by having your IT support staff affect the security settings on the surveygold.exe application and the update.exe application. These two applications reside in the "Program Files (x86)\SurveyGold" folder for Windows 64-bit operating systems or the "Program Files\SurveyGold" folder for Windows 64-bit operating systems.

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