How to Manually Remove a VPN Profile on Your macOS

This guide covers simple instructions on how to remove a VPN profile on your macOS computer. Let’s answer all your questions now. How to get rid of a VPN on Mac? What to try before deleting VPN if you’re facing issues with it? How does uninstalling a VPN on Mac affect your security and privacy?

Problems with VPN on Mac? Try This Before Deleting It!

VPN is not secure enough for me

VPNs are most often employed for their security and privacy capabilities. They encrypt your outbound traffic, mask your IP address, and hide your physical location. However, sometimes you need more than that. Basic VPNs can’t offer any more though, and so some users start looking at how to uninstall VPN on Mac and get something more secure.

VPN Unlimited is not your basic VPN. It offers a host of additional security features that you might want to try out first before you delete our VPN from your Mac. They are as follows:

  • Selection of VPN protocols - some are faster, some are more secure, and others enable the use of additional security features. Choose the protocol that best suits your needs!
  • Trusted networks - keeps your VPN disabled in networks where you don’t want it (e.g. those you trust or those that don’t allows VPNs).
  • Run on startup - worried you may forget to launch VPN and leave yourself unprotected? Enable this feature!
  • Kill Switch (only available with IKEv2 protocol) - disables your internet if your VPN connection drops, which prevents you from accidentally leaking your data.
  • MonoDefense security bundle - cost-efficient way to get more security solutions.

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VPN slows down internet speed

This is the most common reason why people start looking at how to delete their VPN. Who would enjoy seeing their connection speed drop to unbearable lows, followed by constant lags? This problem stems from the technicalities of the VPN technology - it uses encryption to protect your data. 

At least some negative impact on your internet speed is inevitable. But with that said, there are ways to speed up the connection of your Mac VPN client. The easiest option is to change your VPN server. Other than encryption, aspects that affect your internet speed the most are the VPN server’s workload and its distance to your location. 

So before you uninstall VPN from your Mac, try connecting to a different VPN server, preferably one that’s less populated and is closer to you. For better results, use the Ping Test feature in VPN Unlimited - it will show which servers should work better for you (the smaller the ping, the better). 

The Ping Test feature in VPN Unlimited

Out of device slots

Best VPN services, such as VPN Unlimited, allow you to use the same account across multiple devices. This is convenient: you can protect all your gadgets at once, ensure that you stay private both at home and on public WiFi, and bypass geo-blocking and censorship wherever you are. 

However, that also means that you can run out of device slots and won’t be able to access VPN Unlimited on another device. If that’s the case, no need to get rid of VPN on your Mac! You can simply delete a device from your VPN Unlimited device list to free up a slot for a new one. Or you can easily get more device slots to expand your VPN coverage.

Note: If you have already uninstalled VPN Unlimited, but want to use it again, then you can download VPN for mac again.

How to Remove a VPN Profile on Mac

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How to Remove a VPN Profile on Mac

Note: Manual removal of a VPN profile may be required on 5 and earlier versions of VPN Unlimited on macOS only. 

To manually remove a profile on your macOS, follow these steps:

  1. Go to System Preferences and select Profiles.
  2. Delete the VPN profile, and enter the user password if requested.
  3. Then, go to Network Connections.
  4. If you see any connections which start with or include “VPN”, delete them.
  5. If the Button isn’t available, there is an alternative way to remove the VPN profile button isn’t available, there is an alternative way to remove the VPN profile on your macOS (see below).

In Terminal type networksetup -removenetworkservice “yournetworkservice”

Instead of yournetworkservice, type the name of the network service you want to remove from your macOS device, using quotation marks. If you are not sure about its correct name, you can find it in the list of your network services.

To view this list, go to Terminal: networksetup -listallnetworkservices

Make sure that you typed the name of the network service exactly in the same way as it appears in the list.

To ensure that the network service is removed on your macOS, you can view the list of network services again:

Terminal: networksetup -listallnetworkservices

Note. Only Terminal is required, no XCode. The .plist will update automatically; you don’t need to copy or delete it. The remove command bypasses the GUI and removes the service whether or not the Button isn’t available, there is an alternative way to remove the VPN profile button is greyed out.

Please note that your KeepSolid ID is still active. If you want to delete your KeepSolid account as well follow this step-by-step guide.

More information about KeepSolid ID you can find on this page.


Final Thoughts on Removing a VPN Profile From macOS Device

That’s it for today! We tried to cover as completely as possible the topic of uninstalling VPN on Mac. Now you know how to delete a VPN profile on Mac and what to do before you get rid of a VPN on macOS. If you have any additional questions about our VPN for macOS, feel free to contact us at [email protected]

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