How To Disconnect From VPN

You appreciate the level of privacy that Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides but still want to learn how to disconnect from VPN as a precaution? In that case, you have come to the right place. This article could show you what must be done to disconnect from VPN on your Windows PC. Read to the end to be able to regulate the operation of VPN to your liking and get the most out of your time on the Internet. 

Disconnecting From VPN: Compilation 


Via Taskbar

  • Step 1: Look to the right of your taskbar then click the network icon.
  • Step 2: Select the VPN connection you are connected to and choose Disconnect.

Via Settings

  • Step 1: Open Start menu then hit the cog icon to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Network & Internet then choose VPN.
  • Step 3: Click the VPN connection you are connected to and pick Disconnect.

Via Control Panel

  • Step 1: Go to the Search bar, type Control Panel and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Change View by to Category then hit View network status and tasks under Network and Internet.
  • Step 3: Hit Change adapter settings, right-click the VPN connection you are connected to and pick Disconnect.

Via Task Manager

  • Step 1: Right-click an empty space on the taskbar and pick Task Manager.
  • Step 2: Locate your VPN app in the Processes tab, right-click it and pick End task.

Via VPN Apps

Different VPN apps have different ways to terminate connections. In most of the cases, you will have to launch your VPN and then hit the connect/disconnect button (sometimes represented by the power icon). Some VPNs have advanced features like a kill switch which disconnects your device once the VPN connection is down.

Ways To Surf The Internet Safely 

  • Need to access sites/content currently restricted in your area? Pick up a well-known VPN app.
  • If you can help it, go for VPN apps that double as antivirus programs.
  • Do not download random VPN apps. It’s not uncommon for hackers to create and spread VPN apps to steal sensitive data.
  • While browsing the Internet using public computers, either use a Guest profile or browse in incognito mode. For instance, to open incognito on Google Chrome, press Ctrl + Shift + N.

What Is A Kill Switch?

VPN connections are prone to dropping throughout the day and they happen so quickly that you will not even notice. Once the VPN connection is down, your system gets back to its default internet connection where you are no longer anonymous. A kill switch is a security feature that protects your computer from reverting to an insecure connection when the VPN connection suddenly stops.

Does VPN Slow My Network?

VPN apps can improve or reduce the speed of your connection. There are a number of servers in VPN app and if you are connected to a server that is far away from you, you will face a slower connection. If you are using a server closer to you and your service provider offer throttle connections, you get to enjoy faster speeds than that of your fellow subscribers.

What Must Be Done When VPN Fails To Connect To The Internet?

VPN can fail to connect due to a petty reason like errors in your date and time. You also have to ensure that your internet connection is good and you are not connected to another VPN. Some routers are not VPN friendly and will prevent you from connecting to VPN connections. If you have none of the above issues, proceed to update the driver of your network adapter, turn off IPv6 and so on. 

Update Driver

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Network adapters, right-click your network adapter and pick Update driver. 
  • Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer as soon as the update completes. 
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, see how things turn out. 

Turn Off IPv6

  • Step 1: Open Control Panel.
  • Step 2: Change View by to Category, select View network status and tasks under Network and Internet then choose Change adapter settings. 
  • Step 3: Right-click the network you are currently connected to and pick Properties.
  • Step 4: Uncheck the checkbox next Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) while ensuring that the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) checkbox is checked. 
  • Step 5: Hit OK, restart your computer and determine whether the issue persists.

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