Arguably, the proxy should always have been a separate service app anyway. It is doing a different job and doesn't need to be part of the launcher.
There is also the question of security. Should this mechanism be part of the core product or should it be something people download and use at their own (security) risk? I suspect it was an compromise too far on this risk front, to be included in such a security sensitive platform.
Personally, I would like to see the proxy as a separate app, that could be run as a service for those who want it. They can then have it running all the time (even when the launcher isn't) and have it available if needed. This would also be great for appliance software which may wish to talk to safe net without rewriting the communication layer.
I understand your frustration though, but at least their is an easy solution to the problem.