How To Disable Web Proxy

By Hannelore Davis

An enabled web proxy can cause the Internet to appear as if it is not on, or it may prevent you from navigating to different web pages. Disabling the proxy settings may resolve these issues.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or later

Windows 7

Step 1

Click "Start" in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

Step 2

Select "Control Panel." This will open a window. Click "Network and Internet" located in the left column.

Step 3

Select "Internet Options" which is the third header from the top. Another window will open with several tabs located at the top.

Step 4

Click the "Connects" tab. Locate and click "LAN settings" located toward the bottom on the right-hand side of this window. This opens an additional window.

Step 5

There are two headings in this window. Look below the "Proxy server" heading. Remove any words or numbers typed in the "Address" or "Port" boxes. Uncheck the white box located to the left of "Use a proxy server for your LAN." Click "OK" in the lower right-hand corner of the window. Close all other windows. The web proxy has been disabled.

Mac OS X 10.1 or Later

Step 1

Click on the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner. Select "System Preferences" from the drop-down menu. This will open a new window.

Step 2

Select "Network" listed beneath the "Internet & Network" subheading. This will open an additional window.

Step 3

Click "Proxies." This tab lists all of the different types of proxies available. Uncheck all boxes in this window to disable web proxy. If you are using a router, you may leave "Use Passive FTP Mode (PASV)" checked.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using Windows XP or Vista and you do not see "Control Panel" after clicking "Start," click "Settings" > "Control Panel."
  • Additionally, if you do not see "Network and Internet" in the "Control Panel," "Internet Options" will be immediately available to click after selecting "Control Panel."