How to Fix Proxy Server Settings

By Brendan O'Brien

A proxy allows you to surf the web with the help of an intermediary server that can boost performance and provide a level of security for you. Most of the time, if you need to change or fix your proxy server settings, it is the result of your network administrator request. Popular browsers allow you to change your proxy settings with a few clicks of your mouse.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Start your Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Hit "Tools" in the main menu bar.

Step 3

Scroll down and hit "Internet Options."

Step 4

Hit the "Connections" tab.

Step 5

Select "LAN settings."

Step 6

Place or remove a check mark in the box next to "Use a proxy server for your LAN."

Step 7

Review the address in the "Address" field for your proxy server. View and edit, if necessary, the number of the port in the "Port" field.

Step 8

Hit the "Advanced" button to view and edit individual proxy server addresses.

Step 9

Hit the "OK" button, close all windows and restart your browser.

Firefox

Step 1

Start your Firefox browser.

Step 2

Hit "Tools" in the main menu bar.

Step 3

Scroll down and click "Options."

Step 4

Hit the "Advanced" tab. Click the "Network" tab. Hit the "Settings" button.

Step 5

Choose "No Proxy," "Auto-detect proxy settings for this network," "Manual proxy Configuration" or "Automatic proxy configuration URL" with the radio button.

Step 6

View and edit the server names and port numbers if your selection in Step 5 was "Manual proxy configuration."

Step 7

View and edit the URL if you selected "Automatic proxy configuration URL" in Step 5.

Step 8

Hit the "OK" button and restart your browser.