How to Fix ERR_PROXY_CONNECTION_FAILED Chrome Error on Windows (Example)

It has happened to all of us that we open a website and the browser gives us an error message. Some indicate a serious problem, some resolve themselves, and others are simple but require intervention. In this article we talk about one of those very simple errors, but that require a solution: we show you How to fix the ERR_PROXY_CONNECTION_FAILED error.

What is this error?

The error codes in google chrome (and most chromium-based browsers) are the same, and are a short description of the problem. ERR_PROXY_CONNECTION_FAILED means «Error: Proxy connection failed»

What is a proxy?

A proxy server is a service that gives you a little more anonymity when surfing the net. Every time you enter a website, it can easily identify your geographic location. No site has access to your exact address (unless you give it to them yourself), but all websites can identify your city, state, country, service provider and other information.

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A proxy server prevents this from happening by giving websites the server’s information instead of yours. If you use a proxy with a server in the United States, the websites you visit will think you are in the United States. However, to use a proxy, you need to get one from the many lists out there, and configure it correctly in your browser.

Proxy connection

When you enter a website, your computer connects to a server. The server is basically a computer that contains the website, and when you connect to it, that computer sends you the content of that site so that you can open it in the browser.

When you connect to a proxy, it acts as an intermediary. Instead of connecting to the website’s server, your computer connects to the proxy server, and the proxy is the one that «communicates» with the website’s server. Basically, the proxy forms a chain in which the information has to go through several parts before reaching you, making it more difficult to track.

Why does this error occur?

Since a proxy connection forms a chain, this also means that if a single part of it fails, the whole connection goes down. If the proxy cannot connect to the website, the connection will fail, and if you cannot connect to the proxy, the connection will also fail. This error indicates that one of those two things has happened.

Usually this error is temporary and resolves only after a few minutesBut if you’re reading this article, you’ve probably already tried waiting and it didn’t work. Here are a few solutions that you can try if the problem persists.


There are several things you can try to do to fix this problem. The most obvious is to wait, but if waiting doesn’t work, try these solutions in order until one works, and if none work, contact a technician. You should also contact a technician if you get this error and don’t remember ever setting up a proxy before.

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  1. Find another proxy server. Proxy servers tend to go down, so the easiest solution is to search for the best proxies out of the many on the internet.
  2. Check the configuration. Most of the proxies optimize to be easy to use, but you still need to configure some parameters that can be complicated. Check that you are entering all the data correctly.
  3. Use a VPN. A proxy and a VPN are two very different services, but the end purpose is the same: The sites cannot track your activity. If you have problems using proxy servers, it may be worth paying for a more comprehensive service.
  4. Renew the IP address. Depending on your country, provider, and router; you may be able to easily renew your IP address.

In this modern world of increasingly invasive websites, the measures we take to protect our privacy are increasingly drastic. We hope that with this solution you can continue to protect yourself online.

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