Just to let all know, I tried with and without the proxy "box" checked. Still slow with it checked. Any comments about needing a proxy server for mostly "home" use...??
And by the way, I had Windows security and Jave updates pending...so installed them. But then Chrome was again slow. I checked Chrome settings...and one of these updates must have changed the proxy "box"...as it was set again...and slow. So I unchecked it and Chrome is fast again.
Any comments would be appreciated...is a proxy server needed for basic laptop usage...??? I use ATT uVerse (secure WiFi) for my laptop.