Internet Explorer® Proxy Settings for Windows®-based PC
Read on to know more about the proxy settings and the methods or ways to change proxy settings on Internet Explorer for Windows-based PC
The proxy is a server that acts as an intermediary between the web browser and the Internet. The proxy can be like an intermediary for requests sent by a user seeking resources from other servers. The proxy server set in your Internet Explorer functions as a mediator between your Internet Explorer browser and any other server whose resources you are trying to access. When your browser seeks a service or a resource, this could be a file, web page, or other resource available from a different server. It first connects to a proxy server for the same. When the request is made, the proxy server first evaluates the request and then filters the request according to the preset criteria. The proxy server delivers the information fast by keeping a copy of information on frequently used webpage. Proxy settings are made available to help you configure the proxy for your best access and for the change of settings when needed.
Methods to change proxy settings in Internet Explorer are:
- Changing Proxy Settings directly from IE
- Changing the Proxy settings from Registry
- Things to keep in mind
Changing Proxy Settings directly from IE
In order to change the proxy settings in Internet Explorer (IE) in your Windows-based PC, you can click on 'Tools' then launch 'Internet Options' from the 'Connections' tab. Make use of the 'LAN Settings' button if you are with a LAN connection and make use of the necessary connection if you are on a VPN or Dial-up connection. You can uncheck the options 'Automatically detect proxy settings' and 'Use a proxy automatic configuration script' and make necessary changes you want to make by clicking on the 'Settings' button. Also make sure to save the changed settings before exiting.
Changing the Proxy setting from Registry
You can also make use of your Windows Registry to change the proxy settings. For this, you can click on the 'Start' button and then navigate to 'Run'. Type in 'regedit' and press 'Enter' to launch your Windows Registry Editor. To change the proxy settings, you can create a .reg file to populate the registry with the proxy server information.
When you change your proxy settings, make sure that you are with a trusted proxy server. This will help you to safeguard your privacy. If you are making use of the Registry method to change the proxy settings, it is always advised that you take a backup of your Windows Registry by creating a restore point. This will help you to roll-back any unwanted changes while editing your Windows registry.
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