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As an intermediary between your network and the websites you visit, a local proxy server can help improve the throughput of your broadband connection, restore order to a troubled network, and in some cases can help protect your network from malware infections.

Then, click on the Connections tab, then the LAN settings button. A new window will open where you can untick the 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' option. Make sure the 'Automatically detect settings' box is checked (as in the image above) and then click OK, then OK again.

Because of the influx of users, public proxies are often far less effective than private ones. They’re also more dangerous, as the proxy operator can see your web traffic and potentially hijack your network.

How to turn off proxy server Windows 8. We explain how to change your network settings in Internet Explorer. (See also: )

If the worst comes to the worst, you might have to back up all your documents and media, then reinstall Windows (. It's usually unnecessary to do so, but it is virtually guaranteed to solve the problem.

To set up a proxy on , simply head to your Settings screen and open the Network and Internet section. From there, click on the Proxy tab and choose from the list of available proxy settings.

For Windows 8 users, the steps are slightly different. Start by opening the PC Settings application and click on the Network Proxy icon. You’ll see a selection of proxy servers to choose from. Enter the proxy’s URL and then save your settings.

(Note you can check a list of common proxies .)

A proxy server is an intermediary between your computer and the internet, often used to hide your real location and allow you to access websites that would otherwise be blocked. The popular Hola! Unblocker browser add-on is a proxy that lets you, for example, .

If you find unexpected access attempts in a firewall's log file from inside a proxy-protected network, they're probably coming from malware that doesn't proxy server free download for windows 8 know how to test for a local proxy and has tried to go directly online.

If your Windows network can’t automatically detect your proxy, you can set it up manually by entering the proxy’s specific IP address and the port number of the proxy. Your provider should have this information if you’re using a private or business proxy.

If you find unexpected access attempts in a firewall's log file from inside a proxy-protected network, they're probably coming from malware that doesn't know how to test for a local proxy and has tried to go directly online.

If you're having trouble connecting to the internet via Internet Explorer, it's possible that it has been set to use a proxy server. To change this, launch IE, click on the cog at the top-right corner and choose Internet Options from the menu.

More than that, VPNs are generally easier to use and offer more options when it comes to streaming. Popular paid services like provide premium encryption protocols and offer secure VPN servers in cities around the world. See the link below for our picks for the best VPN services of 2018.

You may be tempted to disable the proxy settings in your browser to view sites your boss would rather you didn't during work hours. However, to ensure that everyone on the network uses the proxy to access the internet, system administrators often block all access to the internet at their firewall, except traffic coming from or going to the proxy. So to access anything outside the local network, you must use the proxy.

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