I am using Socks5 using with proxifire v3.21
When I open Chrome, there are some wpad connections in proxifire with connecting status like below :

wpad connecting

What are these connections?
They cause one minute delay for google chrome to work.
In Firefox I have no problem at all.
Proxy settings in my machine is automatic.
Please give me some advice to fix this issue.

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This is how the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol works

The idea behind the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol, or WPAD, is to allow a browser to automatically fetch proxy configuration data, by asking the DHCP server for it, and if that doesn't provide the necessary information, the local DNS server is asked.

This includes a query to an address just called wpad.

As to why this is so slow for you, no idea. It could be a variety of reasons. But you can also just simply disable proxy auto detection if you already know your proxy settings.

  • Please explain in your answer that "proxy auto detection" is in Internet Options of Internet Explorer.
    – MoonLight
    May 12 at 10:07
  • It's not in Internet Explorer, it's in the Windows network setting. Chrome uses that, while Firefox uses its own setting.
    – MechMK1
    May 12 at 11:34
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    @MechMK1; while it's been a hot minute since i've had to manage anything via Control Panel, Moonlight is running Windows 7 and i don't believe that particular setting was available in the Network and Sharing Center -- which is where most people's minds go to. on that note, though; @MoonLight, Internet Options is actually a standard Windows settings dialog available through Control Panel -- Microsoft just gave easy access to it through IE since that's what file explorer was (is?) based off in the 9.x through XP days. May 12 at 12:03
  • @EarthToAccess Correct - IE was (and still is) deeply embedded into Windows, which is also the reason you can't fully remove it. The IE settings are the Windows internet settings.
    – MechMK1
    May 12 at 13:02

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