Getting Started: Windows App

This article will walk you through using the VirtualShield Windows application. If you don't have it installed already, please click here to learn how to install it.

Logging In (First-time setup)

The first step to using the Windows application is to open it and log in to your account:

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Once it's installed, look for the VirtualShield shortcut on your Desktop:
Tip: If you can't find this icon, you can also launch the app by opening your Start menu, then navigate to All Apps/Programs > VirtualShield.
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Double-click this icon to launch the application. A Sign In screen will appear the first time you open VirtualShield:
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Go ahead and enter the e-mail address and password you chose when you signed up, then click the Sign In button. If you don't have an account yet, click here to sign up.

Note: Your password is CaSe-sensitive. You must type it exactly the same way you typed it when creating your account.
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Great! You are now logged in. You won't need to log in again unless you decide to log out first. After signing in, you will see the VirtualShield home screen.

Connecting to the VirtualShield Network

After logging in, any time you want to connect to VirtualShield you just have to open the app. Remember, there's already an icon placed on your Windows Desktop for easy access.

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Once you open the app, you will be taken to the VirtualShield home screen.
Simply click the Connect button to connect to our secure network:
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Tip: To manually select your location, click the up-arrow located near the bottom of the app. See our support article for more information.
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That's it! You are now connected to VirtualShield. The shield icon will appear green once you're connected. You will also see a smaller shield icon near the corner of your screen, next to your clock:
Note: If you don't see this icon, click the up-arrow next to your clock to Show hidden icons.
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When you click the Close/X button near the corner of the app, it will still be protecting you in the background. Simply click on this icon to open it again.

To exit the application entirely, right-click this icon and select Exit from the pop-up menu:
Tip: This option can be disabled at any time from the General Settings screen.

To learn more about the new Webcam Privacy features available on Windows and Linux computers, see our Using Webcam Privacy articles.


Verify your Protection

Once you're connected, you can verify your Protection Status at any time using the link below. You can also see this information by clicking the Status tab on the left-hand side of the app:
https://virtualshield.com/protection-status/

Note: If you're connected to our secure network, the Protection Status page will report your status as Protected. It will also display the IP address and location of the VPN server you are connected to.

If you're not connected, this page will display your actual location. This is the same information other websites, software, and advertisers will be able to see.

Here's a quick video to show you how easy it is to connect on your Windows computer:

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