Proxy servers access websites on behalf of the computers in the network. With a proxy server, the IP addresses of the computers are hidden from those outside the network. Anyone from the outside sees only the IP address of the proxy server, which helps protect the network from malicious attacks. The proxy settings are usually configured in the web browser. Some network administrators configure the proxy settings in the registry to make it difficult for users to remove them. The problem is, computers taken out of the network like laptops retain these settings, which prevent users from accessing the Internet when they're mobile or outside of the network.
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Click "Start." This is the circular button with the Windows logo.
Type "regedit" without the quotation marks in the "Search programs and files" box. Press "Enter" to open the registry editor.
Expand the registry hive console tree on the left side of the registry editor window, and go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings."
Double-click the registry entry "ProxyEnable" and change the "Value data" to 0. Click "OK" to close.
Right-click the registry entry "ProxyServer" and click "Delete."
Computers that do not have proxy settings enabled don't have the "ProxyServer" registry entry.
Tips and warnings
- Before making any changes in the registry, it is best practice to backup the entire registry. To backup the entire registry, go to the very top of the registry editor console tree. Right-click the "Computer" icon and click "Export." Name the file and save it to a location in your computer.
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