How to Get Rid of Detecting Proxy Settings Message in Internet Explorer

You may have experienced that whenever you open Internet Explorer, you get the message "Detecting Proxy Settings" in the lower-left corner of the window. It takes a while for Web page to load. This occurs because Internet Explorer is trying to locate a proxy server. Turn off the "Proxy Auto-Discovery" feature so you do not have to wait for the message when you open Internet Explorer.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 98/XP/Vista
  • Internet Explorer

Instructions

    • 1

      Click "Start" and "Control Panel."

    • 2

      Double-click "Internet Options."

    • 3

      Click the Connection tab, and click on the "LAN Settings." This will open the Local Area Network (LAN) settings window.

    • 4

      Uncheck "Automatically detect settings." Click "OK."

    • 5

      Restart your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • A proxy server is a computer on your LAN that connects to the Internet without compromising the security of your internal network. Many offices use proxy servers to control what websites are accessible to the users of the network and to log Web activity of individuals on the network. If you are using an office computer, contact your network administrator before making any changes.
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