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.
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:
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.
Disable proxy settings on Chrome
- On your desktop, click ⋮⋮⋮. In the search bar, type Files.
- Select Files.
- In the sidebar, click Other Locations.
- Select Computer > usr > share > applications.
- Locate google-chrome.desktop, then copy and paste it to your desktop.
- Right-click google-chrome.desktop, then click Open With Other Application > Text Editor > Open.
- Scroll to the bottom, then add the following to the line that starts with Exec:
- Click Save.
- Right-click google-chrome.desktop, then select Allow Launching.
You should be able to launch Google Chrome as normal.
Disable global proxy settings
Alternatively, you can disable your global proxy settings.
- On your desktop, click ⋮⋮⋮. In the search bar, type Network.
- Select Network.
- Next to Network Proxy, click the gear icon. Select Disabled.
- Close the window.