How to deal with Microsoft Edge’s “downloading proxy script” message

Like me, you may have seen the message “downloading proxy script” when you first fire up EDGE If you see it frequently, you may want to know why the message is displayed and what you can do about it.

You may see the message when Internet connectivity changes, e.g. when you connect to a different Wi-Fi network or if other connectivity parameters change. Edge may appear to take longer than usually to display sites and the downloading of the proxy script may take a few seconds to complete.

At home, proxy servers are usually not used but browsers are still configured to check whether proxy servers are used. Google Chrome’s “download proxy script” message is caused by the default configuration.

Chrome users who are certain that no proxy is used may disable the automatic detection to do away with the downloading proxy script message in the browser. Here is how that is done:

  1. Load edge://settings/system in the Edge browser’s address bar.
  2. Click on “Open your computer’s proxy settings”.

The operating system determines which control panel gets opened. On Windows 10, the Proxy page of the Settings application is opened.

  1. Locate the “automatically detect settings” toggle on the page.
  2. Set it to off.

Job Done 🙂

(With thanks to Martin Brinkmann )

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