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If you can’t connect to the internet, it is possible that you are using a proxy server. This guide will show you how to disable proxy settings in Chrome on Linux.

A proxy server is an intermediary between your computer and the internet. It is often used to hide your real location and helps you access websites that would otherwise be blocked. However, proxies do not offer the same privacy protections as a VPN. If you are using ExpressVPN, there is no need to run a proxy on top of the VPN connection.

Preliminary check

If you suspect a system-wide proxy setting is preventing you from browsing the internet, try to disable proxy settings in Chrome.

Go to Terminal, then enter the following:

google-chrome --no-proxy-server

Enter “google chrome no proxy server.”

Launch Chrome to see if you can access the internet.

If you are able to access the internet again, follow these steps to disable proxy on Chrome permanently, or disable your global proxy settings.

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Disable proxy settings on Chrome
Disable global proxy settings


Disable proxy settings on Chrome

  1. On your desktop, click the ⋮⋮⋮ icon. In the search bar, type Files.
  2. Select Files.
    Select “Files.”
  3. In the sidebar, click + Other Locations.
    Select “Other Locations.”
  4. Select Computer > usr > share > applications.
    Select “applications.”
  5. Locate google-chrome.desktop, then copy and paste it to your desktop.
    Copy and paste “google-chrome.desktop” to your desktop.
  6. Right-click google-chrome.desktop, then click Open With Other Application > Text Editor > Open.
    Select "Text Editor," then click "Open."
  7. Scroll to the bottom, then add the following to the line that starts with Exec:
    --no-proxy-server
    Add “no proxy server.”
  8. Click Save.
  9. Right-click google-chrome.desktop, then select Allow Launching.
    Right-click google-chrome.desktop, then select “Allow Launching.”

You should be able to launch Google Chrome as normal.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Disable global proxy settings

Alternatively, you can disable your global proxy settings.

  1. On your desktop, click the ⋮⋮⋮ icon. In the search bar, type Network.
  2. Select Network.
    Select “Network.”
  3. Next to Network Proxy, click the gear icon. Select Disabled.
    Select “Disabled.”
  4. Close the window.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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