How to Disable the Ability to Change Proxy Settings

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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Log into the system as an administrator. Press the "Windows" key and the "R" key simultaneously. The "Run" dialogue box will open.

  2. 2

    Type "gpedit.msc" in the provided text field and press "Enter." The Group Policy Editor utility will open.

  3. 3

    Expand the "User Configuration" node from the left pane. A list of sub-folders will display.

    Expand "Administrative Templates," "Windows Components" and "Internet Explorer."

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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