Perhaps you're planning to uninstall a VPN service and give up cybersecurity. We can help you do that, although we feel we should also remind you about the potential risks of exposing yourself online. In this article, we’ll explain how to remove a VPN (short for virtual private network), but also suggest solutions that might solve your VPN issues. You can manually delete your VPN profile at any time, but it should always be the last resort.
You might encounter all sorts of problems when connected to a VPN, especially if you’re using a free VPN, because these VPN providers rarely have an extensive technical support team. If you're not using a premium service, VPN connections aren't always reliable.
If you’re using NordVPN and we haven’t guessed why you're having VPN trouble, contact our 24/7 customer success team. We’ve got tech experts ready to help you get what you need and stay safe at any time!
Removing a VPN app on Windows 10, 7, or other versions is no different than uninstalling any other program. However, if you want to completely wipe out any traces of VPN files, it requires additional steps.
Let’s start with your VPN app:
After uninstalling your app, you can also remove a VPN connection:
We also recommend deleting old TAP drivers. These are used by VPN services to connect to servers and they may remain on your computer even after uninstalling a VPN app.
After you get rid of an untrustworthy VPN app, you can take your online security to the next level and get NordVPN for Windows.
Removing a VPN on Android is as simple as deleting any other app. Just follow these steps to delete your VPN software:
After you get rid of a shady VPN app, it’s time for you to try the real thing and get NordVPN for Android.
Removing an app on macOS is straightforward and doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds. Here’s how to do it:
You can also delete your app by simply dragging it to the Bin.
After uninstalling an untrustworthy VPN app, we recommend you get NordVPN for Mac. It’s a top-notch VPN that may be unlike any other VPN you’ve tried.
Removing a VPN from your iPhone or other iOS device is no different from deleting any other software on your smartphone. Here’s how to do it:
After you get rid of a shady VPN, it’s time to move on to a widely respected VPN provider and get NordVPN for iOS. It will boost your security and prove that a trustworthy VPN is not a hoax.
If you're determined to purge VPN software and all related programs, you can also delete VPN extensions from your browser. VPNs often offer extensions for popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
This allows you to route all the traffic from that specific browser application through a VPN. Why is that useful? Because it means that you can use the VPN for certain activities and not others. Some people only want to encrypt their data while using specific websites — especially if they don't trust those sites to protect their privacy — so you can install an extension on a specific browser which you only use to access those sites.
If your concerns around VPNs stem from pricing and affordability, you might be tempted to try a free VPN. After all, what's the worst that could happen?
Some pretty bad things, actually! For one thing, free VPNs can put you and your data at risk. Free VPNs often sell user data to third party advertisers, defeating the purpose of their service. And because they rarely have the money to maintain proper security protocols and server networks, you'll get a much lower standard of protection while using them.
With a premium VPN, you'll get what you pay for: a genuinely good service. Because of their business model, paid VPNs can afford to protect your data properly, and won't sell you out to online data harvesters. You'll get better service, speed, and stability.
Unless you want to get exposed to various cyberthreats, removing NordVPN is a bad idea. It's usually better to manage virtual private networks and tweak specific settings than to delete the app altogether. If you're not happy with your current experience, check out your VPN settings and make sure you're using the best options for your needs.
Take a deep breath, then another one, and read the reasons why you shouldn’t remove your good old pal NordVPN from your device.
If you still think it’s a good idea to delete your VPN profile, you can cancel your NordVPN subscription at any time from your Nord Account dashboard. Then, simply follow the steps outlined above to delete the app.
If you decide to return, we will always be waiting for you. And if you're not satisfied with your current VPN, you can always try the 30-day free NordVPN trial.