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Fix Chrome Downloading Proxy Script Error in Simple Steps

Chrome downloading proxy script issue causes page loading issues. Here’s a simple fix to solve Chrome downloading proxy script error.

Is your Chrome browser showing Downloading Proxy Script at the bottom left corner and not loading web pages? The reason for the error is the Automatic Proxy Detection feature in Windows.

Downloading proxy script error in action

Though not a big deal, the Downloading Proxy Script error makes the web pages take forever to load. It might also slow down Chrome overtime while causing problems with extensions, video playback, file downloading, etc.

One interesting thing I observed about this error is that once a website is loaded, it works fine until you close the Chrome browser.

When you re-open Chrome, the same Downloading Proxy Script problem persists. Put simply; the first connection takes a long time to connect due to the automatic proxy configuration in Windows. If you are wondering, even reinstalling Chrome doesn’t fix the issue.

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

Table of contents:

Downloading proxy script meaning

Windows automatically manages the default proxy settings. Generally, it detects your proxy settings and routes the network traffic accordingly. Since Windows manages the proxy settings, Chrome tries to get those settings every time you visit a website. That is when you see the “Downloading proxy script” message.

Why Does Chrome Show Downloading Proxy Script?

The primary reason is simple. 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 proxy 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 under certain circumstances. There are many reasons for this behavior, like system crashes, corrupted files, etc.

Regardless, disabling the automatic proxy setup in Windows fixes the Chrome downloading proxy script error.

Disabling automatic proxy detection in Windows doesn’t affect regular browsing. If it does, you can enable it back just as quickly.

Fix Chrome Downloading Proxy Script Error

The steps might differ depending on whether you are using Windows 11 or 10. I’ve written details with those differences in mind. So, follow the steps accordingly.

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the “Menu” icon.
  3. Choose the “Settings” option.
  4. Click on “System” on the sidebar.
  5. Click on “Open your computer’s proxy settings.”
  6. Turn off the “Automatically detect settings” option.
  7. Close the Settings app.
  8. Relaunch the Chrome browser.
  9. With that, the Chrome downloading proxy script error is fixed.

Steps with more details:

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

Choose the “System” option on the sidebar of the settings page.

Now, find and click on the “Open your computer’s proxy settings” option. As you can guess, this action will open the Settings window in Windows 11 or the old Internet Properties window in Windows 10.

In Windows 11:

In the Windows 11 settings app, turn off the “Automatically detect settings” option.

fix Chrome downloading proxy script in Windows 11

You can close the Settings app after making the change.

In Windows 10:

In the Internet Properties window, ensure you are in the Connection tab and click on the “LAN settings” button.

Downloading proxy script click on lan settings button

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 the automatic proxy settings feature and should instantly fix downloading proxy script error in Chrome.

If not, try restarting Chrome or your computer. If you face problems after disabling automatic proxy detection, enable it back.

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.

That is it. It is that simple to fix Chrome downloading proxy script in Windows.

I hope this simple Windows how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, send an email, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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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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