How to Use Split Tunneling on Windows via Old PureVPN Software

Jan 19, 2015
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Now you can experience the joy of PureVPN’s split-tunneling function on your older Windows systems. Just stick to this guide and we will show you how you can get that done in as little as no time.

Things to Consider:

Before you start, please take the following into account:

  • A working internet connection.
  • A device with complete Windows support
  • An older or previous version PureVPN software.
  • A Premium PureVPN account (if you haven’t bought it yet, click here to buy)

Please follow below listed steps to enable Split Tunneling on Windows via PureVPN Old app

Right click on PureVPN Icon and select Run as Administrator OR follow below listed steps to make it permanent.

1 Right click on PureVPN Icon and click on properties

2 Click on Compatibility tab, select “Run this program as an administrator”, click “Apply” and “OK“. Double click on PureVPN App to execute

3 Click on “Yes” to execute the application

4 On Dashboard tab insert / select following details:

  • Select desired protocol or use Automatic
  • Select your desired country / purpose from drop down menu
  • Insert Username and Password provided by PureVPN.( Important Note: Your email address is not your VPN login username. )
  • To save login details check “Remember Me”

5 Click on Split Tunneling Tab:

  • Click to Enable
  • Check “Make Permanent

6 Press to Search Application Or click on “Add an Application” to manually add desired application

7 Once you get the applications list then “Connect VPN

8 Once VPN will connect then click on “Launch” to execute desired application

9 You are good to go. 

Close the application before launching from Split Tunnling, also check Task manager if any process is already running, kill the session. If you get your real IP then disable your Anti-virus/3rd party firewall temporarily as some of the Anti-virus/3rd party firewall blocks this feature. If it works fine then allow PureVPN app through your Anti-virus/3rd party firewall. Some 64-bit applications doesn’t work with Split Tunneling, please install 32-bit version if available.

Please use the comment box for your suggestions & feedback. For additional help, please submit support ticket with errors and screen shots (if possible) or contact our 24/7 live chat.

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Comments (29 )


  1. PureVPN Team says:

    Thanks for reaching out. Kindly join us on 24/7 live chat so we may guide you in better way.

  2. Dean says:

    my work has blocked my connection to and wow. can i use this app to get through the firewall to play it at work?

  3. PureVPN Team says:


    We are sorry for the inconvenience. Kindly tell us your registered email id so we may track your account.

    You can also join us on 24/7 live chat for quick assistance!

  4. Brymo Rockwell says:

    Hello.. I have problems finding my username and password.Can you please help me out

  5. Khan says:

    Hello… I want to split the connection of my utorrent from PureVPN. because when i connect VPN, my torrent don’t work, almost die in terms of speed. what i want is that utorrent should bypass the vpn, not under the vpn… it should connect simply as before.
    NOTE: i am using dedicated IP (Singapore)
    Area: China

    • PureVPN Team says:

      Hi Khan,

      Thanks for reaching out. You can download our latest Windows app from this page, it contains “Split Tunneling” feature

      Once the app is downloaded, run it as admin and enable “Split tunneling” and add your desired applications there.

      Its very easy to use but still if you face any issue then feel free to join us on 24/7 live chat and we will guide you step by step!

  6. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Sean,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. Split tunneling works on principle that whenever any application launch from PurVPN app then it is intended to go through VPN tunnel, if you launch any other application from out side PureVPN app then it means you do not want its traffic to go through VPN.

    I hope you are clear, feel free to contact us if you still have any question/confusion!

  7. Sean Golden says:

    Well for some odd reason I have to launch from within the split tunneling in the purevpn app 🙁 that sort of defeats the purpose it does not work at all if I launch utorrent manually or from a magnet link then my real ip leaks only works if i launch from within the app any ideas on what can be done?

  8. PureVPN Team says:


    I apologies for the inconvenience. We have noted your complaint, and We request you to kindly wait for a while our developers will try to fix it as soon as possible.

    Thanks for being patient!

    • Eaglegreen says:

      One more question. Do I need to launch the app from the split tunneling section? If i launch the app from purevpn split tunneling window, it doesnt seem to function 100% correctly. Would i be fine just opening the app while purevpn was running?

      • PureVPN Team says:

        Thanks for your query. You can use both methods, they should work fine.

        Let us know if you have further question!

  9. Eaglegreen says:

    Hello. I am using version 5.15.0 for Windows and am having an issue. When i add an application to the Split tunneling function it seems to be working, If i turn off Split tunneling for whatever reason, and then turn it back on, the app is no longer showing. it just shows firefox, chrome and IE.

  10. Danny Leung says:

    I really love how PureVPN has Split Tunneling function for specific apps, but this function doesn’t work with all apps. Please make it so it works with all apps. I been trying to look for other VPN providers that has Split Tunneling that could work with every app, but I could not any

    • PureVPN Team says:

      Hi Danny,

      I am Glad you like our Split Tunneling Feature, I would like to update you that we have already launched this feature on our Android app along with our latest Windows app. And soon we will also launch it on other apps as well.

      Let us know if you have further questions/suggestions!

  11. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Danny,

    I apologies for the inconvenience you faced, there could be multiple reason for crashes first action should be to disable Firewall that might work.

    Let me know if it helps!

  12. Danny Leung says:

    Is anyone experience random crashes when Split Tunneling is enabled? I get random crashes once a while when I have Split Tunnel enabled. When not using Split Tunnel it seem like I never had a single crash for months now

  13. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. I would like to inform you that Split tunneling is currently in Beta version so some applications work and some does not, we will try to make it stable as soon as possible then hopefully are valuable users like you will not have to face any inconvenience.

    Thanks for understanding!

  14. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Dan,

    I apologies for the inconvenience. Kindly try “Opera” browser and let me know it works out!

    • Dan says:

      Hi, When I run Opera browser I just have my normal IP also.

      I downloaded Maxthon browser and I got the VPN IP, but how to trust if I try to run other programs?

  15. Dan says:

    Hi. Followed all instructions, when I click connect, the VPN connects, then I open the firefox.exe and the webpages don’t load…Help?

    If i turn off ST and connect everything runs fine.

  16. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Marina,

    I am sorry for the inconvenience. I would suggest you to add Opera browser in Split Tunneling and then check.

    Let me know if it works out!

  17. Marina Passaseo says:

    Hello, I’m trying to use this feature on Windows10, but internet explorer does not start, is it supposed to work in windows 10?

  18. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi David,

    I apologies for the inconvenience. I would suggest you to exit PureVPN software from system tray. (Right click on PureVPN icon and click on exit.)
    Then go to desktop, right click on PureVPN icon and click on run as administrator

    Try this and let me know if it is working now!

  19. David says:

    I am running the program as an administrator but it keeps saying that I need administrator privileges what can i do to fix this?

  20. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi ben,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. We are planning to launch SmartDNS first then we will release split tunneling, I cannot give you the exact date but you can expect split tunneling feature by the end of February or Mid-of-March.

    Let me know if you have any further questions!

  21. ben says:

    Is there any plan to add the split tunneling feature to the new windows client?

  22. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Hansa,

    Good day. Its a good suggestion and I have forwarded it to concerned dept and they will look into it. If you have any other suggestions, do write to us, we would be more than happy to work on your suggestions. I will be waiting for your further comments.

  23. Hans Asa says:

    I think launch the applications every time by pressing launch in the software is not that great. Is it possible to make it default that the application launches with vpn settings when you click on the shortcut. e.g you enable split tunneling on firefox and just click on the firefox shortcut and it launches with split tunneling and vpn enabled