How to Unblock Proxy Sites

By Alexis Lawrence

Proxy sites are online systems that route web pages through a different server, making it possible to get around firewalls and additional security settings that prevent you from having access to your favorite websites. For instance, if your school or workplace has blocked social-networking sites or video sites, you can go to the proxy website, type the name of the page that you want to visit into the search bar on proxy site and view the website that is blocked. If the proxy site is also blocked though, you must unlock it first.

Stop the Security Software

Step 1

Open the “Start” menu on your computer. Scroll to the “Accessories” folder and choose “Run.”

Step 2

Enter “msconfig” in the “Run” window and hit “Enter.” A configuration window appears on the screen.

Step 3

Switch to the “Startup” tab in the configuration window, scroll to the name of the security software that is being used to create the firewall or block the websites. Click the box next to the name of the software to uncheck the box and click “OK.”

Step 4

Restart your computer. The security software won’t automatically boot up. If the software was the problem, the proxy sites should open.

Web Browser

Step 1

Download a new web browser. When Internet security settings are put into place on school and workplace computers, the settings often apply only to the web browser that is already installed on the system. Web browsers can be downloaded online (see Resources.)

Step 2

Wait while the web browser installs to your computer. Upon download, the browser should begin to install automatically.

Step 3

Restart your computer when the installation is complete. You can launch the browser from the desktop icon or from the “Start” menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to stop the security software if you're not certain of the name of the security program or if you don’t know what kind of danger might be posed to the system by stopping the software from launching. Once you are done viewing the website you want to view through the proxy server, go back to the “Startup Programs” list, recheck the security software and click “OK.” Then, reboot your computer to add the security software back to the list of startup programs.