How to Disable Internet Connections

By Amy L. Gouger

Disabling your Internet connection is a basic skill all computer users need to know. It allows you to turn off the connection when you want without physically turning or unplugging equipment. Disabling your Internet connection improves computer security temporarily by eliminating the Internet as a point of entry for hackers.

Wired

Step 1

Click on the computer icon in the bottom right corner of your desktop. Select "Network and Sharing Center."

Step 2

Choose "Manage Network Connections." Right-click on the connection without a red "X" near or over it. It may be called "Local Area Connection," "Wireless Network Connection" or something else entirely. All connections available will be listed in Network Connections.

Step 3

Select "Disable," after right-clicking on the icon. If it doesn't have disable is not listed, check for "enable." If it has has enable listed, the connection you choose is already disabled.

Alternative Methods

Step 1

Click on the computer icon and choose "Connect or Disconnect." Choose your active connection and press "Disconnect."

Step 2

Right-click on the computer icon on the bottom right of your desktop. Click "Disconnect From." The active connection automatically appears in the menu. Choose the connection to disconnect.

Step 3

Click on "Start" then "Control Panel." Choose "Network Connections" or "My Network Places" in Windows XP and earlier models. In Vista and 7, you can choose either the "Control Panel Home" or "Classic View." Select "Network and Internet" then "Network and Sharing Center" in the next window for those in the Control Panel Home view. In Classic View, choose "Network and Sharing Center." Click on "Manage Network Connections." Right-click on the active connection and select "Disable."

Tips & Warnings

  • To enable your connection, just choose "enable" or "connect" instead.