How to Disable the VPN Software

By Bennett Gavrish

The Windows operating system allows users to create and configure virtual private network connections, also known as VPNs. A VPN connection changes your IP address and may be necessary in order to access certain resources on your company or organization's servers. If you are having trouble connecting to the Internet because of a malfunctioning VPN connection, you can disable the service completely.

Things You'll Need

  • PC running Windows XP or later

Step 1

Log in to your PC computer with an account that has administrative privileges. Only administrators can enable and disable network services.

Step 2

Open the Start menu and click on "Control Panel."

Step 3

Double-click on the icon labeled "Network Connections." A new window will open, and in the lower-half of it, you will see a list of the VPN connections set up on your computer.

Step 4

Highlight the icon for the VPN service you want to disable.

Step 5

Click on the "Change settings of this connection" link in the "Network Tasks" list on the left side of the window.

Step 6

Go to the "Networking" tab at the top of the window and click on the "Uninstall" button.

Step 7

Press "Yes" to confirm your decision to disable the VPN service.