If you’re facing some error “UNABLE TO CONNECT TO PROXY SERVER” while loading a web page (using GOOGLE CHROME OR INTERNET EXPLORER) and can’t access to the internet, in this post I will tell you the details about this error and a complete guide to fix it. I’ll be posting two different methods to get rid of this error.
WHAT IS A PROXY SERVER ?
Let us understand some basics of a proxy server (what is it and how it is used), proxy server acts as an intermediate between a client and a server, it requests files from a real server.
There are several advantages of a proxy server as it provides faster access to the internet (for example, if two clients are requesting some webpage from a same server, the webpage for the first client will be fetched from the server but for the second client, the request will be forwarded to the webpage that was previously fetched by the first client hence making the search process faster).
It can also be used for security purpose, for example in a company, with the use of proxy server access to any particular webpage can be prevented.
CAUSES FOR THIS ERROR
There are several reasons for this error, one basic cause is due to some unwanted application or a program, or can be due to some malicious extension. To be very frank I also got this error due to misconfiguraition in the LAN Settings when i used my college WiFi.
HOW TO FIX “UNABLE TO CONNECT TO PROXY SERVER”
Now moving next to the procedure to fix this malicious error “unable to connect to proxy server”, carefully follow these steps to fix this problem. If you have any doubt in any step, feel free to ask anything 🙂
Open Internet Explorer, navigate to the “gear icon” and click on the “Internet Options”.
Open the Connections tab, Open LAN Settings, check “Automatically detect settings” and uncheck “Use a proxy server for your LAN”.
Now reload any webpage and you will see the error will no longer be appear. If every time you uncheck “use a proxy server for your LAN” it rechecks itself, follow method 2 to solve this problem
Reboot your PC into Safe mode, I’m not gonna tell you again how to boot into safe mode in this post, click here to read how to boot into safe mode in any version of Windows.
Open “RUN COMMAND” (windows key + R), type “regedit” and hit OK.
Open registry files for “Internet Options” [ HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Internet settings ]
Delete the following Registry files : –
- Migrate Proxy
- Proxy Enable
- Proxy Server
- Proxy Override
Now just reboot your PC and follow METHOD 1. ( uncheck “Use a Proxy Server for your LAN” box and check “Automatically detect settings” box).
Just load any webpage, it will surely be working by now 😉
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