Troubleshooting A Blocked VPN On Windows 10

Simple and easy troubleshooting tricks to unblock a VPN on windows 10

While using a VPN service, sometimes we experience issues related to VPN blocking by windows 10. This can put our privacy at great risk. The following issues will be covered in this article and we will try to find the relevant solutions for all these.

  • How do I unblock VPN on my computer?
  • How do I enable VPN on Windows 10?
  • Why VPN is not working on my PC?
  • How do I stop VPN blocking?

All the above issues are directly or indirectly related to the title of our article that is “VPN blocked on windows 10”. Now we will try to find the perfect and effective solution to this problem. We have found some simple and easy fixes which will help you to get rid of all these problems.

1. Change the date and time of your system

This is the simplest and easy fix if your VPN is blocked on your Windows 10 system. Wrong date and time settings can also be responsible to block your VPN connection on Windows 10. Just navigate to the date and time settings on your system and change it according to the VPN server location. For example, if you want to connect to a VPN server located in London, then you must make changes in the date and time, according to that. Also, keep that in mind that you must turn off the ‘automatic update’ to change your date and time. Then you can set the date and time on your Windows 10 system manually.

2. Manual configuration of a VPN connection

Another thing which you can try to resolve the problem of VPN blockage on windows 10 is just to do the manual configuration of the VPN on Windows 10. For that, you can follow my article “How to configure a VPN on windows 10 manually”.

3. Just exclude your VPN in the antivirus settings

Antivirus programs are also responsible to block the VPN connection. For that what you can do is, go to the ‘Antivirus protection settings’. To do that, simply follow the given steps:

  1. Go to the ‘Windows Defender Security center’ and navigate to ‘Virus threat and protection settings’.
  2. Click on ‘Exclusions’ and select ‘add or remove exclusions’.
  3. Click on ‘add an exclusion’ and simply add your VPN software program to that.

4. Make a way for the VPN software on Windows Firewall

Your firewall can also interfere with your VPN connection. To make a passage for your VPN connection through your windows firewall, you can follow these steps.

  1. Simply click on ‘start’ and enter ‘Allow a program through windows firewall’.
  2. Click on ‘change settings’ and then click ‘allow another program’.
  3. Browse and select your VPN software program and then click ‘Ok’.

5. Flush the DNS and clear the browser cache

Next what else you can do to get your VPN unlocked on windows 10 is Flushing the DNS. This is done to remove the wrong DNS entries from your service provider. The cache of the web browser also needs to be cleared to get the work done. You can follow the given steps to flush your DNS and clear the web browser cache on windows 10.

To flush the DNS:

  1. Press ‘Start’ and enter ‘Command prompt’.
  2. Open Command Prompt as admin by making a right click and selecting ‘Run as administrator’.
  3. Enter the command “ipconfig /flushdns” and hit ‘enter’ .Then a confirmation will appear on the screen that “Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS resolver cache”.

Clearing the Web browser cache:

  1. Go to the history option of your web browsers such as chrome or you can press Ctrl + shift + delete to directly reach the clear browsing data section.
  2. Select clear browsing data and make a check on the ‘Cached images and files’ checkbox.
  3. Finally, click on ‘clear data’.

6. Enable PPTP rule

Possibly there might be a problem with the PPTP rule and your VPN requires a PPTP to get connected successfully. To enable PPTP on your Windows 10 system, do the following.

  1. Press ‘Start’ and click on the ‘Control panel’.
  2. Navigate to ‘Windows firewall’ and click on the ‘Advanced settings’.
  3. A new screen will appear in which you have to search for ‘Routing and remote access’ under the ‘Inbound rules and the outbound rules’ option.
  4. Now for Inbound rules just right-click on ‘Routing and remote access (PPTP-In)’ and choose ‘Enable’.
  5. For Outbound rules just click on ‘Routing and remote access (PPTP-Out)’ and choose ‘Enable’.

Hopefully, now your VPN blocking problem on windows 10 has been troubleshot and now your VPN connection is working fine. If not then you can try the last and the most popular way to get rid of this problem.

7. Reinstall the VPN client software

This is the last and the most popular way can be helpful to get your VPN connection on Windows 10. Simply go to the Control panel and click on ‘Add or remove programs’. Just find your VPN software in the list and simply uninstall it. Now you can install it again and hopefully, it would work so that you can enjoy using your VPN connection.

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