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Proxy settings in Windows 7. Connecting and disconnecting

Connecting a proxy server on Windows 7 is the ability to hide your valid IP address and geolocation when using the Internet. It will become a kind of intermediary between your computer and those sites to which you will connect. To configure proxy settings on Windows 7, you do not need in-depth technical knowledge or many years of experience. Just follow the instructions for your operating system, which are written below.

Proxy settings on Windows 7

To set up a proxy server on Windows 7, follow the steps below:

  1. Enter in the search engine of the Windows 7 operating system, located in the Start menu, the phrase “Internet Options”.
  2. You will see the desired section from the control panel - “Internet Options”. Go to it.
  3. Go to the “Connections” tab.
  4. Click on the “LAN Settings” button.


  5. You will see a window with the heading "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings"

    To configure the proxy server on Windows 7, check the box next to two points: “Use a proxy server for your LAN” (not applicable for dial-up or VPN connections) and “Bypass proxy server for local addresses”.


  6. Enter the IP address and port of the used proxy server.
  7. Go to the "Advanced" tab.


  8. Check the box next to “One proxy server for all protocols.”


  9. 9. In the empty field, enter the list of sites on which the specified proxy server will not operate. Separate them with a semicolon (";").


  10. Click “OK” in each open window to complete the proxy server settings in Windows 7.


Setup completed. We do not recommend using a free proxy server for Windows 7. To reliably and safely work on the Internet, it is better to connect a paid private proxy.

You can connect the intermediary server not only to Windows 7 but also to other operating systems. Read our proxy configuration guide on Ubuntu.

How to check proxy functionality

To check the proxy server, do 3 simple steps:

  1. Open your favorite browser (for example, Opera).
  2. Go to any site to check your IP address (for example, whoer.net).
  3. What is the IP address displayed? If the site displays your proxy data, then everything worked out.

If a different IP address is displayed, try checking the correctness of the data you entered in the system settings. If this does not help, then probably the specified proxy server is not working. It will have to be replaced.

How to disable proxies in Windows 7

To disable the proxy in Windows 7, follow this instruction:

  1. In the Windows 7 search engine, which is located next to the Start menu, write the phrase "Internet options"
  2. Go to the found result.
  3. Go to the “Connections” tab.


  4. Click on the “LAN Settings” option.


  5. Uncheck the box next to “Use a proxy server for your LAN” and click “OK” to save the changes.


  6. Close all other open windows by clicking on the "OK" button to disable proxies in Windows 7.

Please note that even after you uncheck the box next to “Use proxy server for local connections”, the proxy data still remains. In the future, you will not have to re-enter the IP address and port to activate the added server. You just need to check the box again.

If you are not going to use the specified proxy on Windows 7 anymore, then you can immediately erase its data.

You can also connect proxies to Windows 10 and other versions of this operating system.