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How to Resolve Google Chrome's 'Unable to Connect to the Proxy Server' Errors

Web browsing has become an intricate part of our daily lives, and nothing could be more annoying than an unexpected error message disrupting your workflow or entertainment. Google Chrome, despite its top-tier reliability, sometimes serves you with an 'Unable to connect to the Proxy Server' error. Hence, let's navigate uncharted waters of Netizen world to ameliorate this predicament.

Understanding the problem

When your Google Chrome is unable to connect to the proxy server, essentially, your browser is having trouble connecting to a specific network, that acts as an intermediary, a proxy, between your device and the internet. A combination of incorrectly configured network settings or certain types of malware could be the imprimatur behind this issue.

Fixing the 'Unable to Connect to the Proxy Server' Error

Adjust your Proxy SettingsYour first port of call in the resolution of this error is to check and adjust your proxy settings. Here's a step-by-step manifestation of the process:

1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots at the top right corner.

2. Navigate to 'Settings' > 'Advanced' > 'System' > 'Open your computer’s proxy settings'.

3. On Windows, the 'Internet Properties' dialog box will appear. Click on 'LAN settings'. On Mac, System Preferences will appear. Click on 'Advanced' > 'Proxies'.

4. From here, make sure the 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' box is unchecked (for Windows), or 'Web Proxy (HTTP)' and 'Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS)' boxes are unchecked (for Mac).

After doing this, restart your Chrome and see if the problem has been settled.Reset Network SettingsIf your proxy settings are fine, the issue could be more meandering in nature and you may need to delve deeper into your network settings. This would involve using the command line to reset your IP address and flush your DNS server. Here is an exemplar of the process:

1. Click on the Start Menu and type 'cmd' into the search bar.

2. Right click on 'Command Prompt' and select 'Run as administrator'.

3. In the Command Prompt window, type 'netsh winsock reset' and 'netsh int ip reset' then press Enter.

4. Also type 'ipconfig /release', 'ipconfig /renew', 'ipconfig /flushdns' and press Enter after each command.

After doing this, restart your device and see if the issue has been resolved.Scan for malwareIf the problem still persists, it is possible that a malware could be throwing a spanner in your works. It is recommended to run a comprehensive scan with an effective and updated Anti-virus software. Deleting the malevolent software might just clear up the situation.


In the vast sea of technology, errors are much like buoys, they keep popping up. The 'Unable to Connect to Proxy Server' error in Google Chrome can be exasperating, but with the methods we have demystified above, you can hopefully find a sufficient solution and continue your odyssey on the web uninterrupted.

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