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Setting up a proxy in the Google Chrome browser

Google Chrome dominates the IT industry, claiming over 60% market share. It's found on every other user's computer or smartphone, renowned for its:

  • Speed, even on less powerful devices.
  • Multitasking abilities and support for multiple connections.
  • Enhanced security features, including malware defense and alerts for suspicious downloads.
  • Reliable performance coupled with a clean interface.

Chrome ensures a secure online experience, offering features like Incognito mode. Its extensive customizable settings and the option to add plugins from the Chrome store further contribute to its security and personalization.

However, it's notable that Chrome lacks a built-in proxy feature. Its network settings are tied to the device it’s installed on. To use a proxy, users often turn to additional software like Proxifier, modifying their connection settings as needed.

How to set up and change proxies in Google Chrome

Using a proxy with Chrome is essential for bypassing geo-restrictions, ensuring secure browsing, and enhancing online anonymity. Sometimes, if Chrome isn't functioning optimally with its default settings, adding the proxy settings may help. Here’s how you can adjust these settings in Windows 10:

  1. Access Windows 10's main settings panel by clicking on "Start", then "Settings", or by using the "Win + I" shortcut. Once there, choose the "Network & Internet" category.
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  3. In the navigation panel on the left, select the "Proxy" option. In the right pane, scroll down to "Manual proxy setup". Here, switch on "Use a proxy server" by toggling the switch to the "On" position. You'll need to enter the "Address" and "Port" information given by your proxy service.
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  5. Optionally, there's a section for websites that shouldn’t be accessed via proxy. You can leave it blank if you prefer. After you’ve made these changes, click "Save".
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  7. Restart Chrome and try accessing a website to see if the setup works. Depending on your proxy service's security features, you might need to enter additional authentication details when prompted.

How to connect a proxy in Chrome using Proxifier

Proxifier is a user-friendly tool for modifying internet settings and setting up proxy servers. The instructions below guide you through the process of adjusting your network and changing Chrome's proxy settings:

  1. Begin by downloading the Proxifier installer from its official website. Though it's a paid utility, there's a free trial available for 30 days.
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  3. Launch the application after installation. Navigate to the "Profile" menu and select "Proxy Servers".
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  5. Click "Add" to create a new proxy connection.
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  7. In the opened "Proxy Server" window, input the required IP address and port. Also, choose the appropriate connection protocol.
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  9. Input your authentication details if necessary. If your proxy plan involves username and password authentication, tick the "Enable" checkbox and provide the information. If it's IP-based, bypass this part. Click "OK" once done.
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  11. To apply these proxy settings to your browser, go back to the "Profile" menu, and select "Proxification Rules".
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  13. In the window that pops up, showcasing various connections, hit "Add". This action allows you to add specific applications to Proxifier and set up unique proxies for each.
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  15. It's advised to fill in the "Name" field for easy identification later. Ensure the "Enabled" box is checked.
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  17. Press the "Browse" button to locate and select Google Chrome’s .exe file, typically found under “Program Files” in the “Google” directory on Windows systems.
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  19. Fill in the “Target host” using guidance from the software. Typically, you'd input the IP address or DNS name for the targeted website.
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  21. Specify the “Target ports” indicating which ports will facilitate the connection. In the “Action” dropdown, select your newly set proxy server. After completing all fields, click “OK”.
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After configuring the proxy settings in Chrome, you can minimize Proxifier. It will continue operating in the background, managing your connection. However, it's crucial to select a reputable proxy server before making any changes to Chrome.

For consistent internet browsing via an alternate IP, it's advisable to use trusted proxy providers. While public proxies can suffice for basic use or testing, they're not recommended for regular, long-term application due to potential security and reliability issues.

YouProxy presents a viable option with its competitively priced packages, ensuring over 99% uptime and a stable network connection through various protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS4, and SOCKS5. The proxies offered by YouProxy boast high-speed connections, substantial bandwidth, and a mix of dynamic and static IPs, catering to both professional and basic needs.