How to Manually Disable Your Internet Connection in Windows

You may need to manually disable your broadband Internet connection for a variety of different reasons. Disabling the Internet connection may be required to troubleshoot certain issues that you can encounter. Likewise, you may have to disable the Internet connection to add new hardware or certain types of software to your Windows computer. For whatever the reason, you can manually disable your broadband Internet connection quickly and easily right from the Network and Sharing Center. Some of the most common reasons to disable your internet connection are when you encounter a virus that either blocks your internet access or tries to steal your private data and files. In this situation disabling your internet connection is essential. With certain software and updates you will need to disconnect from the internet. Here we’ll show you quickly exactly how to disable your internet connection and how you can restore it once you’ve finished what you need to do.

Step 1

Locate the “Network” icon in the Windows operating system task bar. If your computer is connected to a wired broadband network, the “Network” icon will resemble a computer monitor with a small image of an Ethernet cable over top of it. If your computer is connected to a wireless broadband network, the “Network” icon will resemble a wireless signal strength indicator. Click the “Network” icon one time to continue.

Step 2

Select the blue button at the bottom of the “Network” box that reads “Open Network and Sharing Center.” A window containing a list of your basic network information will appear on your monitor.

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Step 3

Select the option labelled “Change Adapter Settings.” A new window labeled “Network Connections” will appear on screen.

Step 4

Click once on the icon that represents your computer’s wired or wireless broadband Internet connection. For wireless connections, click the option labeled “Wireless Network.” For wired connections, click the option labeled “Local Area Connection.” The status bar will fill with options relating to adjustments you can make to the selected icon.

Step 5

Click the option labeled “Disable this network device.” The Windows operating system will automatically disable your broadband Internet connection. When you are finished making the necessary adjustments to either your computer or to the way your network equipment is set up, return to this screen and click on the icon a second time. Click the option labeled “Enable this  network device” to restore your broadband Internet connection to its former prominence.

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