I’m an @Home user and my browser keeps switching back to use the @Home proxy server when I start my web browser.

First try manually removing the browser proxy setting via this procedure, or just switching to using another web browser that wasn’t supplied by @Home, such as Netscape Navigator.  If that doesn’t work, try the following (thanks to an “Anonymous @home user” for this tip):

This is a problem for @home users that have installed @home’s version of IE or the @home browser. These browsers have the automatic configuration box checked with HTTP://proxy:8080 as their default address for the proxy server.   Although you can uncheck the box to remove the @home proxy from a particular session, the box will recheck the next time you load the browser and you will end up being switched back to the @Home proxy server.   If you are using a Proxy-based sharing solution such as Ositis’ WinProxy, this can bypass WinProxy and its site-filtering and antivirus functions. 

After doing some digging and with the help of the newsgroups, I found the following solution:

To remove the autoload of the @home proxy settings: 

1.) Go to the Start Menu 

2.) Go to Run 

3.) Type regsvr32 /u ahiehelp.dll

I hope this helps other users out there that were struggling with this problem.

Still no luck?  Reader Larry Parkinson sent in his procedure for unsticking the proxy!

Here In Canada both Rogers and Shaw Cable’s @home software configures Netscape to automatically load proxies when you start it, even if you manually disable them and choose “Direct connection to the Internet”.

The Fix:

1) I suggest uninstalling all of the @home software. It’s not required for anything in reality.

2) Unload the two programs tgcmd.exe and tgfix.exe also installed by the @home software and then delete them.

3) Get a default netscape.cfg file from a computer that has not had the @Home software or Netscape installed  (or from the net) and replace your existing netscape.cfg file.

(By the way, I believe tgcmd.exe works to limit the connection bandwidth and sets up the computer to act as a server for the @home people to poke around with at will. Another good reason for the router and an effective firewall!)