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Internet Kill Switch PureVPN App – What, Why & How To!

Sep 26, 2014
Mar 25, 2020
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Upon subscribing to PureVPN, every user gets the Internet Kill Switch add-on for free. The purpose of this add-on is to ensure “Leak Proof” security is provided to all users.

It is for moments when your VPN connection drops and your online traffic becomes susceptible to various kinds of cybercrimes and online breaches or intrusions. Even though it only takes a few seconds for a VPN to reconnect, that tiny gap still makes your online data and identity vulnerable. It is for this reason that the Internet Kill Switch was introduced.

If you are using Windows then you should follow this tutorial.

If you are using Mac then you should follow this tutorial.

If you are using Android then you should follow this tutorial.

There are three option in IKS:

Main option “Activate Internet Kill Switch”: It just stop internet activity if VPN drops and will not redial automatically until you select the sub option “Auto-redial if VPN connection drops”

Under “Activate Internet Kill Switch” there are two sub options:

A. Auto-redial if VPN connection drops:

Re-establishes the VPN connection as soon as it drops. This feature ensures that you stay secure at all times without you having the need to re-connect manually.

B. Stop Internet even if i disconnect the internet manually:

Terminates all the online activities even on manual VPN disconnection. Use this feature to ensure complete protection at all times against hackers, cyber-surveillance etc. even when you disconnect the VPN yourself to change the server, protocol or other settings.


In case you are not able to browse the internet after turning the Kill Switch off, you can do following things to resume browsing.

  • Restore Windows Firewall: Go to Control Panel > Click on Windows Firewall > Select Restore Defaults from left menu.


  • If your internet doesn’t not restore then Disable / Enable your Lan / Wifi adapter once from Network and Sharing center


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Comments (8 )


  1. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Wallace,

    Thanks for sharing screenshot. It seems that you are using Old PureVPN app and this is the reason you may face some issues So, I would highly recommend you to download our latest app from this website

    Let me know if you need further assistance!

  2. Wallace says:

    I tried to set up the Kill Switich tonight; it seems everything OK until a disconnection. After VPN disconnection, the Kill switch failed to disable the internet access. File transfer was still in progress.

    Perhaps there is something wrong in my setting. Please find below a screen shot of the setting. OpenVPN-TCP is the protocol selected. Please advise.

    For testing purpose, I disconnect the VPN manually by 3 times. The Kill Switch worked as expected.

  3. PureVPN Team says:


    Thanks for reaching out to us. I would suggest you to uncheck “Auto redial” option from PureVPN software and then kill switch will work fine with IKEv2 Protocol.

    Let me know if you need additional help!

    Have a great day 🙂

  4. cool890 says:

    unfortunately Kill Switch not work with IKE protocol 🙁

  5. PureVPN Team says:

    Hi Tom!

    Good day. Let me assure you that internet kill switch is activated immediately, once your PureVPN drops.
    If you would like to know anything else, feel free to ask.

  6. Tom says:

    A question (my English is bad): how long it takes to PureVPN to activate the Kill Switch? I noticed that when I click on “Disconnect” on PureVPN (with the “Stop Internet even if I disconnect the internet manually” option activated) the internet still works for a few seconds