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But This feature is important when connecting from various location, and many times, when behind Routers, specially for detecting DNS Servers, am I right ?, This feature is not important if you connect from single source, but for a portable Laptop, I think it's important to detect various Sourcer
Related to this: we just got a piece of spyware (ironically called AntiVirus) from a video streaming site on Sunday and one of the things it did was configure a proxy server in IE (it didn't do this in Firefox, which is the default and most used browser on that machine). So if you go into your proxy settings and see one configured when you normally wouldn't be using one (say, at work and on a big corporate intranet) DON'T just assume it's *supposed* to be there.
Awesome! It's amazing all the neat "stuff" I've learned from you, Leo! You've made my computing experience much more enjoyable, efficient, and stress-free. Thanks for all you do!
Phoo!!! [edited] No wonder people detest Microsoft!!!
There is no WAY that "Auto-Detect" should EVER work this way! An "Auto-Detect" option, once checkmarked, should be intelligent enough to:
1. Search out whatever relevant settings the program needs, JUST ONCE;
2. Record those settings for the program's future reference; and then
3. Automagically "uncheckmark" itself!
In that way, the program WOULDN'T be slowed down, yet the "Auto-Detect" option would still be available for the user if his or her future needs should ever change. This should be applicable to ANY program with any "Auto-Detect" feature (or equivalent), not just a browser!
I have been using computers since before Windows 3.11, and now use XP, SP3, IE7, and never have been made aware of this little tib bit about speeding up my startup by deselecting the auto- detect. Thanks very much.
omg you saved me my browser on windows 7 which is IE8 was slow i unchecked this and now its fast again thanks.
Thanks for such a plain English explanation! I was on the Microsoft 'Support' site for over a half an hour trying to figure out the answer to this.
Even though I'm not a programmer or an IT expert, I'm definitely Not computer illiterate and can usually figure out things as long as I have a user guide or can find a decent help article. But sometimes it seems like Microsoft takes extra time to make their 'help' pages unintelligible and make people feel like idiots (perhaps so we won't mess around with settings that MS thinks we should keep?).
Anyway, thanks so much. You were able to explain this in 1 page, and it took me all of 5 minutes to read, understand, and adjust my settings. Well, maybe 10 minutes, if you include the time for me to write this comment - but it was well worth it!.
Thanks for Not making me feel like a complete idiot! I'll be sure to come back to your site in the future, especially if (when) the MS pages start trying to make me feel stupid. :-)
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