How to Stop Internet Explorer From Automatically Selecting a Proxy Server on Startup

by Will Conley

A proxy server is a computer that stands between a computer network router and the Internet. When a computer is set to use a proxy server, all information passing between the computer and the Internet must pass through the proxy server en route. If you set your computer to connect to the Internet via an automatic proxy server configuration script hosted at a particular network address, the computer connects to that proxy server when you open your browser. Automatic configuration must be disabled.


Open Internet Explorer.


Click "Tools" and select "Internet Options."


Click the "Connections" tab.


Click "LAN Settings."


Un-check each box next to 1) "Automatically detect settings," 2) "Use automatic configuration script" and 3) "Use a proxy server for your LAN" (these settings do not apply to dial-up or VPN connections).

About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include,, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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