How to use proxy with Internet Explorer

Use Proxy with Internet Explorer - this article describes how to configure Internet Explorer to use a proxy server when making its connections. When Internet Explorer is using a proxy, all of the requests made by your browser will be sent to a proxy server instead who will fetch the requested resources on behalf of you and then forward it back to you. The purpose of using a proxy in this way is to separate your computer from the destination server which can be used to disguise your identity and avoid censorship.

Internet Explorer proxy settings can be set through Internet Options page which can be accessed in two ways. We first introduce you with a very convenient shortcut that most people don't know about. First open up the Run Command window by going to Start -> Run ([Win Key] + R) and enter this command:

inetcpl.cpl @0,4

Not only will that command instantly open up Internet Options window, it will also automatically select the Connections tab which is where the proxy settings are located at.

Once you're there, click LAN Settings button. A window looking like this should open up:

Uncheck everything except for the Use a proxy server for your LAN check box. Enter the IP address and port of a proxy server you wish to use. A list of open and fresh proxy servers can be found on our proxy server list page. Once a proxy has been entered, click OK twice to close the two dialog windows you have just opened.

At this point, every connection Internet Explorer makes, will have to go through the proxy server you provided. You can try out your newly added proxy simply by trying to browse as usual. If you get some errors or your request is taking too long, then the proxy you provided is most likely dead or exhausted by now so try using some other proxy server.

To disable proxy setting in Internet Explorer, simply go back to your LAN Settings dialog box, and uncheck the Use a proxy server for your LAN checkbox.