How to Change Windows Proxy Server Settings

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A proxy server allows you to access the Internet under the guise of another server. By setting up a proxy, you automatically connect to this server, and then allow it to complete your request, such as surfing the Web. This makes the website think you reside at the server location, when you may actually be on the other side of the world. If you are worried about websites tracking your location, this proxy feature will virtually eliminate your worries.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button, type "Internet Options" and press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Click the "Connections" tab of the "Internet Properties" window.

  3. 3

    Click "LAN Settings" in the bottom "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings" section.

  4. 4

    Enter the new proxy address in the "Proxy Server" section. If you do not already have a proxy configured, you may need to check "Use a proxy server for your LAN..." to enable the proxy.

  5. 5

    Click "Advanced" to access advanced settings, such as separate HTTP, Secure, FTP and Socks proxy. You can also enter addresses in the "Exceptions" section to allow them to bypass the proxy. Click "OK" to accept the changes and close the "Proxy Settings" window.

  6. 6

    Click "OK" to save your settings and close the "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings" window. Click "OK" to close the "Internet Properties" window.

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