Configure Internet Explorer to use a proxy server

This step by step guide will explain how to configure the browser Internet Explorer (on the example of version 11) to use a proxy to surf anonymously on the Internet. And since the client information can also be transmitted by cookies, we also take a look at how to delete cookies in Internet Explorer.

First of all, you have to know your real IP address. It can be seen at the top of this page near «My IP», be sure that you are not using a proxy at the moment. Knowing your real IP is necessary, to ensure that everything is done correctly and the remote server cannot identify your real IP address after the browser configuration completion.

Before starting configuring the browser, you should choose a proxy server that matches your requirements in terms of anonymity, geography, supported protocols and other characteristics.

Cleaning up cookies in Internet Explorer

Open Internet options window. At the opened «Internet options» window press Delete button at the «Browsing history» section of the «General» tab. At the opened «Delete browsing history», window check «Cookies and website data» option, and then press Delete button to clear up cookies.

Cleaning up cookies in Internet Explorer step by step

Configure proxy server usage in Internet Explorer

At the «Internet options» window, click «Connections» tab. On the «Connections» tab, click LAN settings button. At the opened «Local Area Network (LAN) Settings» window, check «Use a proxy server for your LAN» option, other options should be unchecked. Then press the Advanced button.

Configuring Internet Explorer to use a proxy server step by step

If you are using an HTTP proxy. Type in the proxy server IP address and port («192.168.0.1» and «8080» in this example) in the appropriate fields of the «HTTP» section, like on the illustration below, make sure that other fields are empty.

Configuring Internet Explorer to use a HTTP proxy server

If you are using an HTTPS proxy.Type in the proxy server IP address and port («192.168.0.1» and «8080» in this example) in the appropriate fields of the «Secure» section, like on the illustration below, make sure that other fields are empty.

Configuring Internet Explorer to use a HTTPS proxy server

If you are using a SOCKS proxy.Type in the proxy server IP address and port («192.168.0.1» and «1080» in this example) in the appropriate fields of the «SOCKS» section, like on the illustration below, make sure that other fields are empty.

Configuring Internet Explorer to use a SOCKS proxy server

Close all settings windows by clicking OK buttons, now your Internet Explorer is configured to use a proxy. Now you can check your IP address and connection information, if you are using an anonymous proxy server, make sure, that your real IP address is not mentioned in the HTTP headers.

Cancellation of proxy server usage in Internet Explorer

In order to stop Internet Explorer use of proxy server, you need to uncheck «Use a proxy server for your LAN» option at the «Local Area Network (LAN) Settings» window and press OK button.

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