If you think your internet connection is slower than it should be or if you notice that certain websites are being blocked while you are browsing, all your internet traffic may be going through a proxy server.
A proxy server is basically just another computer standing between you and your ISP. It is usually configured in corporate environments to filter web traffic to and from employee computers. In this article, I’ll show you how to check your proxy settings to see if your computer is indeed using a proxy server or not.
In most cases, you can’t really disable the proxy server as it is managed by an administrator. However, there are times when personal computers are accidentally or maliciously set up to use a proxy server.
Check proxy settings in Windows
On Windows, most browsers use the proxy settings set on the computer. Every browser has a settings page to adjust proxy settings, but normally they just link to the settings window in Windows itself.
In Windows 10, there are two ways to change the settings: through the Settings app or through the traditional Control Panel. I will mention both methods here because the Control Panel method is what you should use for Windows 7, 8 or Windows Vista.
Windows 10 Settings app
click on Get started then click the gear icon (Settings) all the way to the left. In Settings, click Network & Internet†
In the left pane, click Proxy All the way at the bottom.
Here you have all the settings related to setting up a proxy in Windows. It is basically split into two configurations: either automatically or Instruction manual proxy settings. 99% of the time, everything should be set to: Out† If something is enabled, your web traffic can go through a proxy.
If you’re using an older version of Windows or if you just like the old-fashioned way, you can edit the same settings from the Control Panel. Note that whichever way you choose to edit the settings, there is only one set of proxy settings in Windows.
Once you open the Control Panel, just click Internet Options†
Go ahead in the Internet Options dialog box and click on the connections tab and then click LAN settings At the bottom.
Here you will see the same settings as in the Settings app shown above. Anything you configure here will show up there and vice versa.
Check proxy settings in Mac OS X
If you’re using a Mac with OS X, the procedure is similar. You need to change the proxy settings to System Preferences because this is where most browsers automatically check.
Open System Preferences and click Network† Make sure to select the connected or active network connection on the left. You can have different proxy settings for each type of network connection.
Click on the at the bottom Advanced knob. Click on the Proxies tab and you’ll see a bunch of different protocols that you can configure.
For example, if you click Web proxy (HTTP)you can enter the proxy server IP address, port number, username and password.
Check proxy settings in Linux
In Linux, it really depends on which distribution you’re using. Usually, however, it will be some version of KDE or GNOME. For example, in Linux Mint Cinnamon, which is heavily based on GNOME, you would click the button and then click System settings†
Then you would scroll down to Hardware and then click Networking†
Finally, if you click on . click Network proxyyou can choose from automatically or Instruction manual†
This is also pretty much the same procedure for Ubuntu, which uses Unity and GNOME. It will be different if you use a different desktop environment. If you have any questions, feel free to comment. Enjoying!