If you’ve made the choice to get a VPN for your PC, it’s important that you don’t use the Windows built-in VPN. A bad VPN service can wreak havoc on your system, with reliability and safety issues abound.
Instead, invest in a VPN that has a good reputation for versatility, features, speeds, safety and security, and reliability. Of course, doing in-depth research on all the VPNs on offer now can take a long time, which is why’ve we’ve done the work for you.
Let’s take a look at our 5 favorite VPNs for Windows to help you make your choice.
1. NordVPN ‣
NordVPN has many selling points, but the most important one is privacy and security. Like most top VPN services nowadays, Nord encrypts data using an AES-256 cipher. This is currently an impenetrable level of encryption, which is why it’s the golden standard. NordVPN also has no DNS/WebRTC/IPv6 leaks, it has types of kill switches, and it offers features that go far beyond what the market offers.
In fact, NordVPN’s client for Windows could be the best-performing of all its client apps, as it works faultlessly. All this makes it an amazing VPN for Windows 10, but there’s more:
- 5,100+ servers across 62 countries give NordVPN some of the best connection speeds on the market
- It works flawlessly in restricted countries – China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, etc.
- Gives access to geo-blocked content, including streaming platforms, such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and Amazon Prime
- Specialty servers for P2P means no issues torrenting
NordVPN is also pretty affordable, and offers the ability to have 6 simultaneous connections and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
2. ExpressVPN ‣
ExpressVPN is also an all-around wonderful VPN for PC. It encrypts data using the AES-256 cipher and has no leaking issues to speak of. It’s got a kill switch and other nice features, but those in need of maximum security will prefer NordVPN.
The company’s jurisdiction is important to mention – ExpressVPN registered in the British Virgin Islands, a British overseas territory with no data retention laws and not part of the 5/9/14 Eyes alliance.
Express’ Windows client is pretty straightforward, with easy install and a one-click VPN connection. here are some other things you should know:
- 2,000+ servers in 94 countries translates to some of the best speeds on the market
- ExpressVPN has obfuscated servers, making it ideal for users in China, Russia, and other countries where VPN usage is blocked or limited.
- Will let you watch Netflix and other geo-blocked content.
- Great security and speed make it amazing for torrenting.
- Split tunneling will let you choose which traffic to protect.
ExpressVPN has one big handicap – it’s very expensive compared to the other VPNs. The subscription includes the ability to use it on (only) 3 devices simultaneously, but at least there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.
3. CyberGhost ‣
There’s widespread agreement that CyberGhost is not as good as NordVPN or ExpressVPN and also that it’s better than every other VPN software for Windows 10 on the market. We reckon that’s a fair assessment.
CyberGhost gives the same level of encryption as the others on this list: AES-256. In the past though, CyberGhost has reportedly had some leaking issues, both with DNS and WebRTC.
The company behind this VPN service is located in Romania, which has been a staunch critic of data retention laws and is not part of the 5/9/14 Eyes alliance. We are also inclined to trust CyberGhost’s zero-logs policy.
Their Windows app is incredibly user-friendly, and the pricing structure is also good. Here’s what else this VPN offers:
- CyberGhost has 3,400+ servers in 60+ countries around the world with very good (but not amazing) connection speeds
- Not the best for users in China and other restricted countries. Users might have to resort to security protocols that offer less protection.
- Bypasses most geo-blocking measures, including those of Netflix
- Awesome for torrenting
Cons: not the most reliable VPN to deal with serious blocking efforts, doesn’t have custom apps for any devices outside in the main 4, some leaking concerns, and the kill switch can’t be turned off.
4. PrivateVPN ‣
PrivateVPN has great optimization, allowing it to provide a service comparable to some of the best on the market today. It has the standard AES-256 encryption, no leaking issues, and employs a high-quality kill switch.
With all that said, PrivateVPN isn’t entirely without fault. Their home base is Sweden – the country that once jailed Peter Sunde of The Pirate Bay. Despite that fact, PrivateVPN claims to keep none of their users’ logs whatsoever and, again, we must conclude that they seem like a trustworthy company.
Their VPN software for Windows offers a decent choice of security protocols, beginning with OpenVPN. It’s pretty easy to set up and install, meaning you can get started with everything in just a few minutes.
- PrivateVPN has around 100 servers in 56 countries – a seemingly low number, but the speeds are excellent
- Good solution for accessing geo-blocked content
- Will let you torrent as much as you like.
This also happens to be one of the lowest-cost VPNs around. The cost includes the ability to use the VPN simultaneously on 6 devices and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Cons: doesn’t own a DNS network, so you’ll have to set DNS up manually; not that great in China and other restricted locations; doesn’t have 24/7 live chat support.
5. VyprVPN ‣
Lastly, we have VyprVPN – it’s a good option for Windows users, unless you want a VPN that supports torrenting. It has security credentials that rival the best of the best – AES-256 encryption, no leaking issues, a great location (Switzerland), and very strong features (one of the best kill switches on the market). The only issue is and anonymity: the signup and payment methods require you to use a credit card or other non-anonymous payment methods.
Here’s what else you can expect from VyprVPN:
- 700+ servers in 70+ locations spread out across 6 continents. VyprVPN owns all its servers and has optimized them very well. The speeds contend for the top spot
- Every important security protocol, including one of their own – Chameleon
- Chameleon makes VyprVPN one of the best for use in restricted countries – practically impossible to block
Cons: VyprVPN is a bit on the expensive side. The parent company, Golden Frog, may cancel your subscription if you get caught torrenting. It’s also not the best for geo-unblocking.
When it comes down to it, NordVPN will probably be your best bet for a great VPN for Windows. It has industry-leading features, as well as an amazing price. If you can pay for the premium, we also recommend ExpressVPN, which edges out NordVPN only slightly in everything except price.
Lastly, if neither of those options works for you, then the Romanian CyberGhost VPN will certainly be a good fit.
Free VPN for Windows
We don’t really recommend you use any free VPNs, since a majority of them offer either don’t actually work, or they’re bloated with ads or malware. This is especially since so many of these fantastic VPNs listed here are actually quite affordable. With some specials or promotions, you can get them for less than $3 a month.
However, if you’re really eager to get a free VPN for your PC, we can recommend ProtonVPN’s free offering. It does come with some limitations (such as only having servers in 3 countries, no P2P, etc.), but at least it’s a trustworthy VPN. You can use the free version as an opportunity to see if ProtonVPN works for you and from there upgrade whenever you want.