This guide describes the configuration of OpenVPN on Windows using the
The walk-through is based on Viscosity v1.4.2 and Windows 7.
Viscosity is a commercial OpenVPN client, which handles administrator permissions properly and thus adjusts the routing table correctly.
It is therefore recommended on Windows.
If you dislike to use a commercial client, you can follow the
native OpenVPN guide.
Double-click on the installer.
Allow the installer to make changes on your computer by clicking
Next on the welcome screen of Viscosity's setup wizard.
I accept the agreement and continue by clicking Next.
If you do not want to change the
Destination Location just click Next.
To accept the default
Start menu folder, click Next.
For convenient use, you can
Create a desktop icon. Click Next.
You are now ready to install. Click
When the installation has finished, check
Launch Viscosity and click Finish.
Viscosity's welcome screen appears. Uncheck
Show this window when Viscosity opens and click Close.
IPredator-Windows-Password.ovpn to your Downloads folder.
The certificates are already included in the config file.
Right-click on Viscosity's taskbar item and select
In the lower left corner of the
Preferences window, there is a + button.
When you click it, a pop-up menu appears. Select Import Connection/ From File….
A dialog window informs that the connection has been imported. Click
Back in Viscosity's
Preferences, select the newly imported connection named IPredator-Windows-Password.ovpn, then click Edit.
You do not need to alter too many settings, because most of them are read from the configuration file.
The settings are shown for completeness and comparison.
General tab, you change the Connection Name to simply IPredator.
Authenticion tab lists the authentication type and the used certificates.
The certificates have been included in the already imported configuration file.
Options tab deals with tunnel persistence, the peer certificate type and compression.
Networking tab, check Send all traffic over VPN connection.
Skip the Proxy tab and click Advanced.
Advanced tab, the most important part is the Extra OpenVPN configuration commands.
Amongst other parameters, TLS settings and the used cipher are specified here.
Click on Viscosity's taskbar icon and select
A black translucent window appears, which shows that the connection status currently is
Keep the Details window open and continue reading.
Click on Viscosity's taskbar icon again, but select
Connect IPredator this time.
The following dialog asks for your
Username and Password.
Enter your IPredator credentials here.
Check Remember my credentials to save your credentials.
Details window now changes the displayed connection state to connected and shows your assigned IP address.
A bandwidth graph gets generated in nearly real-time.
Now that your OpenVPN connection works, you need to disable certain services on the VPN interface.
Start menu and select Control Panel.
Click Network and Internet.
Network and Sharing Center.
From the menu on the left side, select
Change adapter settings.
The list of available
Network Connections is shown.
Right-click on the one with the device name Viscosity Virtual Adapter V9.1 to open its context menu and select Properties.
Networking tab, uncheck all items but Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
Close the properties window by clicking OK.
Once you are connected make sure no information is leaked by accident.
Analyze your setup using our test page
Please check our
Resources page for other – privacy enhancing – services.
We also provide the following infrastructure:
If you experience any problem after using this guide, please check our
Problem Guide and the FAQ first.
An overview of the OpenVPN settings detailing technical aspects a bit more in depth and some tweaks is available here.
This guides configuration connects your client to our OpenVPN service via UDP. As outlined in the
OpenVPN settings, connecting via TCP and/or to different ports is also supported.
TCP is needed if you have to go through a HTTP proxy to reach our servers or if your provider rate-limits UDP connections on port 1194.
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