You can disable a user's ability to change proxy settings by enforcing restrictions through the Group Policy Editor. Group Policy is a powerful Windows utility that allows administrators to set permissions and restrictions for users, servers or local machines. As a system administrator in an organisation you might need to limit a user's rights to modify proxy server connections that could jeopardise the security of the system. By enforcing the corresponding Group Policy setting, users will see proxy settings options greyed-out. This will prevent further changes. You will need administrative privileges to be able to make this modification.
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Log into the system as an administrator. Press the "Windows" key and the "R" key simultaneously. The "Run" dialogue box will open.
Type "gpedit.msc" in the provided text field and press "Enter." The Group Policy Editor utility will open.
Expand the "User Configuration" node from the left pane. A list of sub-folders will display.
Expand "Administrative Templates," "Windows Components" and "Internet Explorer."
Double-click the "Disable changing proxy settings" policy, located on the right pane, under the "Setting" column. The "Properties" window for this setting will open.
Click the "Enabled" radio button to enforce this setting. Click "Apply," then click "OK." The ability to change proxy settings has now been disabled. Close the Group Policy Editor.
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