Fix Chrome Downloading Proxy Script Error in Simple Steps

Is your Chrome browser showing Downloading Proxy Script? The reason might be the Windows automatic proxy settings detection. Though not a big deal, the Chrome downloading proxy script error makes it so that the page takes forever to load. It might slow down Chrome overtime while causing problems with extensions, video playback, file downloading, etc.

Downloading proxy script error in action

One interesting thing I observed about this error is that once a website is loaded, it works just fine along with any other additional internet browsing activities until you close the Chrome browser.

When you re-open Chrome, the same Downloading Proxy Script problem persists. It’s just the first connection that takes a long time to connect due to the automatic proxy configuration in Windows. Even reinstalling Chrome doesn’t fix the issue.

The good thing is, you can easily fix downloading proxy script error. All it takes is a few clicks. Let me show you how to do it.

Though I’m showing how to fix Chrome downloading proxy script issue in Windows 10, the below method works on Windows 7 and 8 too.

Useful tip: Add Windows Timeline support to Chrome

Why Does Chrome Show Downloading Proxy Script When Connecting to a Website?

The primary reason is simple, actually. It’s just that Chrome is trying to get proxy settings from Windows. By default, Windows, be it 10, 8, or 7, is configured to detect LAN settings automatically and apply them accordingly. So, Chrome depends on this setting to get the proxy settings. On some Windows machines, it takes a long time to get these settings. There are many reasons like system crash, corrupted files, etc., for this behavior.

No matter the reason, by disabling the automatic LAN detection in Windows, you can fix the error in just a couple of clicks.

Disabling automatic LAN detection in Windows doesn’t affect regular browsing. Even if it does, you can enable automatic LAN detection easily.

Fix Chrome Downloading Proxy Script Error

1. First, open Google Chrome, go to “Menu” (three vertical dots) appearing on the top right corner and select “Settings.”

Downloading proxy script click on settings

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Advanced” option.

3. Now, scroll all the way down and click on “Open proxy settings” under the System category.

Downloading proxy script click on open proxy settings

4. This opens the Internet Properties window. Make sure that you are in the Connection tab and click on the “LAN settings” button.

Downloading proxy script click on lan settings button

5. In this window, uncheck “Automatically detect settings” under the Automatic Configuration section and click on the “Ok” button to save changes.

Downloading proxy script uncheck automatically detect settings

That’s it. The above action will disable automatic LAN detection and it should instantly fix downloading proxy script error in Chrome. If not, try restarting Chrome or your system. If you face any problems after disabling automatic LAN detection then enable it again by going to step 5.

Video Tutorial

If you like to watch how to fix the issue then watch the video below. It follows the same steps as the article.

Hope that helps. Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to fix downloading proxy script error in Chrome.

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2 thoughts on “Fix Chrome Downloading Proxy Script Error in Simple Steps”

  1. Avatar for Steve Ferraro

    I have this issue with Chrome on my work PC, but since it is on a managed domain with group policy settings enforced the “Automatically detect settings” checkbox will not stay unchecked once the dialog is closed.

    What I did notice though, is that *only* Chrome has this issue. I also have the Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Vivaldi browsers installed but none of them has this issue, only Chrome (and Chrome Canary also has the problem). All browsers are kept up to date btw.

    Every suggested solution I’ve seen on the web is always about un-checking this option, but it doesn’t solve it for me and doesn’t explain why the other browsers are unaffected.

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      I noticed it too. Only Chrome is affected by this. I’ve tried finding why this LAN setting specifically affects Chrome but to no avail.

      As for you problem, the best bet is to ask the system administrator to change the setting for you.

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