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How to Prevent Users from Changing Proxy Settings in Windows 11

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If you take privacy seriously, you may already be familiar with Proxy and VPNs. Proxy & VPN help you protect your privacy online, but they are very different. A proxy server acts like another computer between you and your ISP on computing.

Businesses & tech companies usually use proxy servers to block access to certain websites or provide network users anonymity. Many users use premium proxy servers to improve their internet speed and reduce bandwidth consumption.

If you use a Proxy server to hide your IP address and other users use your PC, you may want to block access to the Proxy settings on your Windows 11. If you do so, you won’t have to worry about someone accessing or modifying the Proxy settings on your Windows 11.

How to Prevent Users from Changing Proxy Settings in Windows 11

Hence, if you are looking for ways to prevent users from changing proxy settings in Windows 11, you are reading the right guide. Below, we have shared a step-by-step guide on preventing users from changing the Proxy settings in Windows 11. Let’s get started.

Important: Since we will modify the Local Group Policy editor, creating a system restore point is recommended. If anything goes wrong during the process, you can restore your PC to a previous point.

1. First of all, press the Windows Key + R button on your keyboard. This will open the RUN dialog box. Enter gpedit.msc and hit the Enter button on the Run Dialog box.

2. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor on your Windows 11 PC.

3. You need to navigate to the path we have shared below:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer

navigate to the path

4. On the right pane, find and double click on the Prevent Changing Proxy Settings.

'Prevent Changing Proxy Settings'

5. Next, on the Prevent changing proxy settings Window, select Enabled and click the Apply button.

select Enabled

6. After making the changes, restart your Windows 11 PC.

7. If you ever wish to change the proxy settings again, select Not Configured in Step 5.

select 'Not Configured' on Step 5

That’s it! This is how you can prevent other users from changing your Proxy Settings on Windows 11. If you want to protect your privacy online, you need to start using VPN apps for Windows 11.

Prevent Users from Changing Proxy Settings using Registry Editor

You can also prevent users from changing proxy settings on Windows 11 by modifying the Registry File. For that, you need to change the Windows Registry Editor. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Type Registry Editor on the Windows 11 Search. Now open the Registry Editor app from the list of best match results.

Registry Editor

2. When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to this path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoft

 

3. Right-click on the Microsoft Key and select New > Key. Name the new Subkey as Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer

4. Right click on the Internet Explorer key and create a new subkey named Control Panel.

Control Panel

5. With the Control Panel key selected, right-click on the blank area in the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

New > DWORD (32-bit)

6. Name the new DWORD Value as Proxy. Double-click on the Proxy and set its value data to 1.

Value Data to 1

7. If you wish to allow users to change the proxy settings, set 0 on the value data for Proxy DWORD Value on the previous step. Or else, delete the Internet Explorer Key you created in Step 3.

Value Data to 0

That’s it! This is how you can change the Registry Editor to prevent users from modifying the Proxy Settings.

The above steps will restrict users from changing the proxy settings; it won’t remove the existing proxy settings. This also means that your computer will continue to use the proxy configuration you have set up previously. So, that’s all about how to prevent users from changing Proxy Settings on Windows 11.