What Is the Remote Access Connection Manager?

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The Remote Access Connection Manager is responsible for handling how your computer connects to the internet through services like dial-up and VPN. If you have seen the Remote Access Connection Manager show up under your recently running computer processes then there's a good chance you have an active dial-up or VPN connection. If you don't then you can save computer resources by learning how to stop the process.

About Virtual Private Networks

A virtual private network (VPN) connection is a secure network connection made from your computer to a private network. You may use a VPN connection to access your company's internal server so that you can work from home, for example. You may also use a VPN connection to protect your web-surfing habits from being tracked by your internet service provider. Common paid VPN services are SurfEasy, PureVPN, NordVPN and ExpressVPN.

Remote Access Connection Manager manages VPN and dial-up connections from your computer to the internet. You may notice Remote Access Connection Manager in your recently running processes if you have connected to a VPN or dial-up network on your Windows computer. It is a necessary process that should not be killed unless you are not using dial-up or VPN on the computer.

Changing Remote Access Connection Settings

There is no control panel for Remote Access Connection Manager, but you can change the settings for it by changing your VPN or dial-up settings. Click the "Start" button and then select "Settings" followed by "Network & Internet," "VPN" and then "Advanced options." Click on the VPN connection that you want to change. You can change the VPN provider, connection name, server name, VPN type and type of sign-in info. You may need to access this section if your company has recently updated its VPN connection details. Click the "Save" button to change the settings. Click the "Connect" button to connect using the new details.

You can change the dial-up settings for Remote Access Connection Manager by clicking the "Start" button, then clicking "Settings" and "Network & Internet." Click the "Dial-up" connection option in Network & Internet and select the "Connect" button. Type in your dial-up username, password and number and click "Dial."

Disabling Remote Access Connection Manager

Remote Access Connection Manager often loads by default when you turn on your Windows computer. This file can sometimes take up a lot of system resources, so if you do not use a VPN or dial-up connection, you may want to disable it on the computer. You can disable it by clicking the "Start" button and then typing "services.msc" into the search bar. Press the "Enter" button and scroll down the list of Local Services to highlight the Remote Access Connection Manager. Right-click the service and select "Properties." Click the drop-down menu next to "Startup Type" and select "Manual." Click the "Stop" button under Service status and click "OK" to disable Remote Access Connection Manager.

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