A reader is having trouble accessing the Internet through his VPN:

“I’m having a problem when I start my computer the “use a proxy server” is turned off which is ok. When I open my Chrome browser, it automatically turns this to on and starts blocking web pages that I usually access saying “your connection is not private”, and also affects my VPN client. That lasts till I manually turn it back off. Can you tell me why this happens and how to prevent it. Thank you very much in advance and have a nice day.”

A proxy server acts as an intermediary between your PC and the Internet. But that can cause issues accessing some websites or using a VPN. Here’s how to disable the proxy server in Chrome. Open Chrome, click the three-dot menu bar and select Settings.

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Scroll down to Advanced at the bottom of the Settings page.

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Scroll down to System and choose Open proxy settings.

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When the Internet Properties menu opens, click on the Connections tab. Then choose Lan Settings.

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Make sure the boxes next to Automatically detect settings and Use a proxy server for your LAN are not checked. Then click OK.

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Let me know if this works.