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How to Change Proxy Settings?

I uninstalled hotspot shield, and now it says the proxy is down. I tried to disable it through LAN settings, but it shows up in Light Gray and won't let me change anything. I'm on the main administrator account, please help!
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  1. Here is a tip from Microsoft about how to manually override that limitation. If that does not do the trick for you, please post a screen shot if you can, also some information on your setup would be useful. Operating system, brower etc.
  2. Best answer
    On Windows XP, click Start, or on Windows Vista or Windows 7, click start, and then click Run.
    In the Run text box, copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) or type the following:
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    Click OK.
    On Windows XP, click Start , or on Windows Vista or Windows 7, click start, and then click Run.
    In the Run text box, copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) or type the following:
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyServer /f
    Click OK.
  3. arkger said:
    I uninstalled hotspot shield, and now it says the proxy is down or something... I tried to disable it through LAN settings, but it shows up in Light Gray and won't let me change anything... I'm on the main adminstrator account, please help its annoying as hell, I have work I need to turn in tomorrow!!!


    Hello Arkger, I have the same problem and cannot figure out how to fix it. I can see you posted about this a while back but I wanted to know if you ever did fix it? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
  4. Hey all, I have finally fixed the issue for me.

    The original issue was that I was unable to uncheck the Proxy server settings. After unchecking it, I would exit the menu and it would recheck itself. This menu can be reached by clicking the Windows Button (Start Menu) and typing in the search bar "Internet Options" and clicking enter. Click on the "Connections" tab and click "LAN settings" at the bottom. What needs to happen is that Proxy server box needs unchecked and the Automatically detect settings box needs to be successfully checked.

    My fix was quite simple:

    1) Safemode with Networking - restart your computer, and tap F8 repeatedly as soon as it starts back up, until a menu pops up with a bunch of options. Choose "safemode with networking". (My assumption is that this works because it starts your computer up with only the essential drivers, meaning the program that is causing your proxy setting to continue to check itself isn't even running when we start our computer up like this)

    2) Internet Settings - Go back to the Proxy settings box, click "Advanced", delete everything on that window, click "OK", a Proxy error window will pop up. Click "OK", then uncheck the troublesome box, and make sure you check the box at the top of the window that says "Automatically detect settings" and voila! It should be fixed!

    P.S. If you are having trouble finding the internet settings/options window, go into your browser (either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, Firefox has its own separate settings), click Options or Settings, click Advanced if necessary and find the Proxy Settings button, it'll bring you right to Step 2.
  5. Stunning Cactus said:
    Hey all, I have finally fixed the issue for me.

    The original issue was that I was unable to uncheck the Proxy server settings. After unchecking it, I would exit the menu and it would recheck itself. This menu can be reached by clicking the Windows Button (Start Menu) and typing in the search bar "Internet Options" and clicking enter. Click on the "Connections" tab and click "LAN settings" at the bottom. What needs to happen is that Proxy server box needs unchecked and the Automatically detect settings box needs to be successfully checked.

    My fix was quite simple:

    1) Safemode with Networking - restart your computer, and tap F8 repeatedly as soon as it starts back up, until a menu pops up with a bunch of options. Choose "safemode with networking". (My assumption is that this works because it starts your computer up with only the essential drivers, meaning the program that is causing your proxy setting to continue to check itself isn't even running when we start our computer up like this)

    2) Internet Settings - Go back to the Proxy settings box, click "Advanced", delete everything on that window, click "OK", a Proxy error window will pop up. Click "OK", then uncheck the troublesome box, and make sure you check the box at the top of the window that says "Automatically detect settings" and voila! It should be fixed!

    P.S. If you are having trouble finding the internet settings/options window, go into your browser (either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, Firefox has its own separate settings), click Options or Settings, click Advanced if necessary and find the Proxy Settings button, it'll bring you right to Step 2.


    I tried all this and it failed. Same problem exists. I uncheck the box and can access a website but as soon as I try to navigate from there it checks itself again
  6. Stunning Cactus said:
    Hey all, I have finally fixed the issue for me.

    The original issue was that I was unable to uncheck the Proxy server settings. After unchecking it, I would exit the menu and it would recheck itself. This menu can be reached by clicking the Windows Button (Start Menu) and typing in the search bar "Internet Options" and clicking enter. Click on the "Connections" tab and click "LAN settings" at the bottom. What needs to happen is that Proxy server box needs unchecked and the Automatically detect settings box needs to be successfully checked.

    My fix was quite simple:

    1) Safemode with Networking - restart your computer, and tap F8 repeatedly as soon as it starts back up, until a menu pops up with a bunch of options. Choose "safemode with networking". (My assumption is that this works because it starts your computer up with only the essential drivers, meaning the program that is causing your proxy setting to continue to check itself isn't even running when we start our computer up like this)

    2) Internet Settings - Go back to the Proxy settings box, click "Advanced", delete everything on that window, click "OK", a Proxy error window will pop up. Click "OK", then uncheck the troublesome box, and make sure you check the box at the top of the window that says "Automatically detect settings" and voila! It should be fixed!

    P.S. If you are having trouble finding the internet settings/options window, go into your browser (either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, Firefox has its own separate settings), click Options or Settings, click Advanced if necessary and find the Proxy Settings button, it'll bring you right to Step 2.


    tsimshianman said:
    Stunning Cactus said:
    Hey all, I have finally fixed the issue for me.

    The original issue was that I was unable to uncheck the Proxy server settings. After unchecking it, I would exit the menu and it would recheck itself. This menu can be reached by clicking the Windows Button (Start Menu) and typing in the search bar "Internet Options" and clicking enter. Click on the "Connections" tab and click "LAN settings" at the bottom. What needs to happen is that Proxy server box needs unchecked and the Automatically detect settings box needs to be successfully checked.

    My fix was quite simple:

    1) Safemode with Networking - restart your computer, and tap F8 repeatedly as soon as it starts back up, until a menu pops up with a bunch of options. Choose "safemode with networking". (My assumption is that this works because it starts your computer up with only the essential drivers, meaning the program that is causing your proxy setting to continue to check itself isn't even running when we start our computer up like this)

    2) Internet Settings - Go back to the Proxy settings box, click "Advanced", delete everything on that window, click "OK", a Proxy error window will pop up. Click "OK", then uncheck the troublesome box, and make sure you check the box at the top of the window that says "Automatically detect settings" and voila! It should be fixed!

    P.S. If you are having trouble finding the internet settings/options window, go into your browser (either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, Firefox has its own separate settings), click Options or Settings, click Advanced if necessary and find the Proxy Settings button, it'll bring you right to Step 2.


    I tried all this and it failed. Same problem exists. I uncheck the box and can access a website but as soon as I try to navigate from there it checks itself again
  7. oh... so thats it... there is no solution... common, we are man kind people! we find a solution for everything! we must find out something!!!! im having this same issue btw
  8. Boretobrine said:
    oh... so thats it... there is no solution... common, we are man kind people! we find a solution for everything! we must find out something!!!! im having this same issue btw


    If you're having sort of proxy issue, please start a new thread on it.

    Thanks.
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