How to Block Ads & Malware


As you already know, intrusive ads/popups can be one of the most annoying things on the internet. While some advertisements are welcome to support content creators and promote the free market, others only exist to annoy us and push irrelevant products to consumers.

On top of that, the internet is plagued with malware, backdoors, and other websites that may appear harmless at first, but can end up damaging your device and leaking your personal information to third-parties without your knowledge or consent.

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VirtualShield now offers an exclusive VPN Plus service that will automatically block harmful malware, intrusive advertisements, and location trackers from ever reaching your device for a safer, and more enjoyable browsing experience.

This setting is disabled by default, you must enable it yourself. You can also choose to leave this option off and connect to our basic VPN network instead. Your location will remain private and your data will still be encrypted.

VPN Plus

How to activate VPN Plus 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.

In the Secure VPN section, click  More and choose VPN Settings from the menu.

You can also right-click the shield icon next to your clock, then navigate to VPN > VPN Settings from the menu.


Select Ad & Malware Blocking to expand the list of options.

If you do not have a VPN Plus or VirtualShield One plan, you may see a button prompting you to Upgrade your subscription.


Choose your desired option, then click the  back arrow to return to the Home screen.

  • Block Ads
    Automatically block intrusive advertisements from ever reaching your device.
  • Block Malware
    Automatically block harmful malware, malicious websites, and location trackers.
  • Block Ads & Malware
    Block intrusive advertisements and malware/location trackers at the same time.
  • Off
    Do not block anything, just hide your location and encrypt your data (disabled).

You may need to re-connect to the VPN after saving your settings before the changes will be applied.

Common Questions

Why can't I activate VPN Plus on my device?
This feature is only included with our VPN Plus and VirtualShield One plans. You can upgrade your subscription at any time by visiting your Account Dashboard.
Why am I still seeing ads with this option enabled?
First we recommend disconnecting and then reconnecting to our VPN network. If that doesn't work, try clearing the cookies/cache inside of your web browser. Feel free to contact our support team for further assistance.

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