Windows Proxy Settings Error Message? How to Identify & Fix This Issue

 – Windows Proxy Settings 2022 – 

Sometimes you might see a yellow warning sign on your Wi-Fi name in the system tray.

Windows Proxy Settings Error Message

If you right-click the Wi-Fi name and select Troubleshoot then you will most likely see the error with a message “Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings”.

What does this mean, and how do you fix it? Let’s take a look at Windows’ proxy settings and the steps to repair this.

General Troubleshooting

First of all, make sure that you have the correct and latest drivers for your network adapter. Follow the steps below to solve the issue of drivers

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc or hdwwiz.cpl and press Enter
  3. Locate and double click Network Adapters
  4. Locate your network devices right click it and select uninstall
  5. Once uninstalled, close the device manager and restart your computer
  6. Windows should automatically install the most suitable driver which should solve the problem if it’s because of driver issues.

You can also use the Windows own Network Adapter Troubleshooter that might fix your problem.

This will save you time and effort since it solves the problems on its own.

  1. Press Windows key once
  2. Type control panel in the Start Search bar and click Control Panel when it appears in the search results
  3. Click Network and Internet
  4. Click Network and Sharing Center
  5. Click Troubleshoot problems
  6. Click Network Adapter
  7. Click Advanced
  8. Check the option that says Apply repairs automatically and click Run as administrator
  9. Click Next

Wait for it to finish and then check if the problem is solved or not.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings also solves the problem for many users. This will delete your personal settings that you might have set yourself so keep that in mind.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter
  3. Click Advanced tab
  4. Click on Reset…
  5. Check the option that says Delete personal settings
  6. Click Reset

Restart your computer once you are finished and then check whether the problem is still there or not.

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  1. Press “Windows” + “I” to open settings.
  2. Click on the “Network and Internet” option.
  3. Select “Proxy” from the left pane and uncheck the “Use a Proxy Server” option.
  4. Check to see if the issue persists.

Method 1: Using Winsock Reset Commands

The very first thing you should do is reset the Winsock with the commands given below.

Basically what you will do by following the commands given below is reset the Winsock settings back to the default or clean state.

So if any changes were made that were causing the issue the problem should solve with this method.

  1. Press the Windows key once
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search box
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt and click Run as administrator…
  4. Type in the following command and press “Enter”.
     netsh winsock reset catalog
  5. Now restart your computer and check whether the problem is solved or not. If its still there then continue.
  6. Type in the following command and press enter.
    netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
  7. Then type the following commands.
    netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
  8. Type exit and press Enter

Now check if the problem is solved or not. If the problem isn’t solved then restart your computer and then check.

Method 2: Uncheck Proxy Server Option

Going to the internet options given in your Windows and unchecking the proxy server option solves the problem as well.

Basically, you are turning off the option that tells your computer to use certain proxy settings. Whether you turned it on yourself or not, it’s a good thing to turn it off so that Windows can automatically detect proxy settings.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter
  3. Click Connections tab
  4. Click LAN Settings button
  5. Uncheck the option that says Use proxy servers for your LAN (these settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections) under the proxy server section
  6. Click ok and then click ok again.

Now check your internet connection and it should work fine now.

Method 3: Check for Infections

Method 3: Check for Infections

Sometimes malware or infection might be causing this issue.

There is a lot of malware that changes the settings of your internet to either stop your access to the internet or make all your traffic go towards their preferred settings so that it can be watched.

This is an extreme case but not an impossible one. This can be an issue for you especially if you don’t have any Antivirus or the issue started after installing new software.

Follow the steps given below to check whether the issue is because of an infection or not

  1. Use an Antivirus to scan your computer thoroughly. You can use any Antivirus but we recommend Malware Bytes. Go here and download the Malware Bytes for your computer and install it.
  2. Scan your computer and see if it gets any infections. If Malware Bytes catches some bad files then delete those and then check if the issue is still there or not.

Method 4: System Restore

If the issue is caused by a change in settings because of file corruption or infection then performing a System Restore is also a good option. Performing a System Restore is the best option especially if the problem is new or started after downloading a certain software.

Method 5: SFC scan

Since your problem can be because of corrupted system files that changed the internet settings, perform the SFC scan is a good option and solves the problem for many users.

Basically, the SFC scan scans your system files and replaces any corrupted ones with the correct ones that are stored in your system.

So if the problem was because of corrupted files, the SFC scan should solve it.

  1. Press the Windows key once
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search box
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt and click Run as administrator…
  4. Type SFC /scannow and press Enter
  5. Wait for it to finish. You will see the results

Method 6: Network Reset

In certain cases, some network restrictions or Firewall configurations can prevent the computer from being able to connect to the internet.

It is also possible that certain network configurations have been outdated on your computer. Therefore, in this step, we will be performing a network reset. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “I” to open the settings.
  2. In the settings, click on the “Network and Internet” option and then select “Status” from the left pane.
  3. In here, click on the “Network Reset” option at the end of the list and select the “Reset Now” button.
  4. Check to see if the issue persists after the network has been reset.

Method 7: Resetting Network Adapter

It is possible that the network adapter has acquired some incorrect configurations which are preventing it from being able to function properly.

Therefore, in this step, we will be resetting the network adapter. In order to do so, follow the guide below.

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “ncpa.cpl” and press “Enter” to open the Network Connections settings.
  3. In the Network Connections, right-click on the Network Adapter that you are using and select “Disable”.
  4. After some time, right-click on it again and click on “Enable”.
  5. Wait some time and check to see if the issue still persists.

Once the scan is finished and successful, try to check the internet again and see if the problem is there or not.

Method 8: Enable Custom 3D Support

This solution primarily focuses on users who use the MSI Afterburner along with the Riva Statistics Tuning Server to monitor the performance of their hardware.

In some cases, this setting needs to be enabled in the Riva Server to get everything working in line with the overlay. For that:

Windows Proxy Settings Error Message

  1. Click on the “System Tray” icons and double click on the “Riva Tuner Statistics Server”.
  2. It should open up its settings, make sure to turn the “Custom 3D support” to “ON”.
  3. Check to see if the issue persists while opening steam overlay.

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