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FF doesn't use system proxy settings until I open IE

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FF 5.0 is set up to use system proxy settings. In IE internet options on Connections tab I specified proxy in VPN connection settings (not in LAN settings). Problem: when I connect to VPN Firefox can't load any page. But if I just start Internet Explorer (even without opening any web page), Firefox starts opening all sites successfully. The similar issue exists when I disconnect VPN: FF seems to continue use proxy and fail to open pages. But once I start IE it gets correct proxy configuration and starts working again. Any help appreciated.

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The default "Use the system proxy settings" setting doesn't always work properly on Windows XP and in such a case it is better to select "No proxy".

You can find the connection settings in Tools > Options > Advanced : Network : Connection
If you do not need to use a proxy to connect to internet then select "No Proxy"

See "Firefox connection settings":

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The point is to avoid changing proxy settings each time I connect/disconnect VPN, but do it automatically as IE does. Do you mean in Win7 it works fine?