How To Disable Or Turn Off A VPN In Windows (And Change It?)

While VPNs can be a great way to access a work network or browse the internet privately, they can cause your internet to slow down slightly. Also, if you have moved to a new job, you may not need to access the work network anymore.

If you are experiencing a slow network and want to learn how to disable your VPN or even remove a VPN profile completely from your computer please follow this simple guide.

Note that this guide is for VPNs that are configured using the inbuilt VPN management software on Windows. If your VPN software is provided by your VPN provider (or employer) you will likely simply have to press the disconnect button on the software, although this could vary depending on the software. It's usually accessible via the system tray in the bottom-right corner.

How To Disable Or Turn Off A VPN

Disabling a VPN is really easy. Basically, you just have to access the ‘View Network Connections’ part of your operating system.

On Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10

Simply follow these steps:

1) Type ‘View Network Connections’ into the operating systems search bar.

2) Select ‘View Network Connections’ from the results.

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3) Here you will see all the connections you use to connect to the internet.

4) Find the VPN you want to disable from the list of connections.

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5) Right-click on the VPN and select disable.

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How To Remove A VPN Profile

Once you know how to disable a VPN connection, removing a VPN connection is even easier. All you have to do is follow the instructions above but instead of selecting ‘Disable’ you should simply select ‘Delete’.

Alternatively you can uninstall a VPN connection. To do this follow these steps.

1) Type ‘View Network Connections’ into the operating systems search bar.

2) Select ‘View Network Connections’ from the results.

3) Here you will see all the connections you use to connect to the internet.

4) Find the VPN you want to disable from the list of connections.

5) Click on the connection to highlight it.

6) From the options bar (either on the left of your screen or at the top) select '"Change settings of this connection".

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7) Select 'Uninstall".

8) Select "Yes" to confirm the uninstall (if you are sure its what you want to do!)

9) Your uninstall will be confirmed the next time you restart your computer.

As well as deleting or removing a VPN, from this section you will also be able to adjust the settings of your VPN, rename your connection, or alternatively create a shortcut to the connection if it is one you want quick access to.

And that’s it.

We’re keeping it short and sweet for today’s article! If you have any questions please ask in the comment section below.

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