Open VirtualShield on Startup


You can customize VirtualShield to open automatically each time you power on or restart your device. This will help ensure that your device remains protected and your data remains private at all times, and you don't have to open the app every time you want to connect.

This option is enabled by default on desktop and laptop computers. On mobile devices, you may need to toggle this option on manually.

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When you close or hide VirtualShield, it will continue protecting you in the background. To open it again, click the shield icon near the corner of your screen (next to your clock).

You can also open the app by double-clicking the shortcut on your Desktop, or click the Start button and search for VirtualShield.

If you don't see this icon, click the up arrow next to your clock to Show hidden icons.

Open on Startup

How to open VirtualShield automatically on your Windows computer:

Open VirtualShield and log in to your account, if you are not logged in already.

For more help logging in and connecting, see our support article.

Click the Settings link near the corner of the app to open the Settings panel.


Select the App Settings tab to customize your App Settings.

You can also right-click the shield icon next to your clock, and navigate to App Settings from the popup menu.


Toggle the Open on Startup option on or off, then click the  back arrow to return to the Home screen.

If used in combination with the Connect Automatically option, VirtualShield will remain connected to our VPN servers at all times.

Common Questions

I don't see the icon in my Windows Taskbar, what can I do?
Click the up arrow next to your clock to Show hidden icons. You can also drag the shield icon and move it next to your clock for quick & easy access.
I don't see the icon in my Mac Toolbar, what can I do?
Look for VirtualShield inside Finder > Applications. If you still can't find it, try installing the latest version of the application from our website.
Why can't I find this option on my device?
It's possible you are using an older/legacy version of VirtualShield. Please try installing the latest version of the app and see if it solves your issue.

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