How to Create a Kill Switch in Windows 10/11


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A kill switch in an IT context is a mechanism used to shut down or disable a device or program. The purpose of a kill switch is usually to prevent theft of a machine or data or shut down machinery in an emergency.

Kill switch” isn’t an official Windows term, but many VPN services offer a feature of that name.

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Follow the steps below to create a Kill Switch

🔹1: First of all, Press Windows Key + I button on your keyboard to open the Windows 10 Settings app.

🔹Step 2: On the Settings app, open the ‘Network & Internet option.

🔹Step 3: Note down the network adapter name you are connected to.

🔹Step 4: Right-click on your desktop and select ‘New > Shortcut’

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🔹5: On the Shortcut dialog box, enter the script:

C:\Windows\System32\netsh.exe interface set interface name=”XXXX” admin = disabled

Replace the XXXX with your network adapter name that you have noted in Step 3.

🔹6: Once done, click on the Next button. Next, enter a suitable name for the shortcut. You can name it anything you want, like Kill Switch, Stop Internet, etc.

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🔹7: Now right-click on the shortcut file and select ‘Properties.’

🔹8: Next, click on the ‘Advanced‘ button.

🔹9: Enable the ‘Run as administrator option on the Advanced Properties and click on the ‘Ok‘ button.

✅ That’s it! You are done. Now, whenever you want to disconnect the internet, use this desktop shortcut.

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