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How to Disable a Proxy Server in Internet Explorer

Disable the proxy server in Internet Explorer.Disable the proxy server in Internet Explorer.

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Computers on business networks often go through proxy servers to access the Internet. This allows network managers to control the websites employees can visit, increasing productivity and protecting the security of the network. If you bring a work computer home, though, attempting to access the Internet with Internet Explorer's proxy server enabled may result in errors or slow performance. Disable the proxy server in Internet Explorer using the "Internet Options" menu.

1. Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window, then click "Internet options" on the drop-down menu. A new window appears.

2. Click the "Connections" tab at the top of the "Internet Options" window.

3. Click the "LAN settings" button. This displays a new window titled "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings."

4. Clear the check from the box labeled "Use a proxy server for your LAN."

5. Clear the check from the box labeled "Use automatic configuration script."

6. Click "OK" twice. Internet Explorer no longer attempts to contact a proxy server when accessing the Web or loads a configuration script that could enable the proxy server automatically.


  • Internet Explorer shares proxy settings with Windows. Therefore, disabling the proxy server in Internet Explorer also disables it for other Windows applications. If you use another application that requires a proxy server, remember to enable it before closing Internet Explorer. Alternatively, you can enable and disable the proxy server via the "Internet Options" icon on the Control Panel.


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