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I am using hideman as my VPN, however I found that my internet browsing speed was significantly degraded when I was using VPN.

I used speedtest.net without VPN and I got 5Mbps, and when connected to VPN, it went 0.5Mbps. The VPN speed was only 10% of the normal speed.

I understand that browsing with VPN can make the websites slower due to a lot of factors that we can't control, but I want to concentrate on what I can do; what configuration can I do to my Windows 7 machine, so that the VPN speed is faster?

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Probably none as it may be the bandwidth limitation of your VPN provider. From hideman VPN page hideman.net/en/index/plans-and-pricing -- Bandwidth is limited to 2GB/month, and speed is limited to 512kbps - Assuming you are on the "Free" version. If you paid for it, then it should be considerably faster. If you did pay for it and not getting the speed increase, better check with hideman VPN to see what is wrong. –  Darius Sep 26 '13 at 4:30
    
I am using a paid version of the hideman –  Graviton Sep 26 '13 at 4:39
    
So just to confirm, you use speedtest.net (or something similar) without VPN you get 5Mbps, and when connected to VPN, it goes 0.5Mbps? –  Darius Sep 26 '13 at 4:47
    
@Darius, yes, that's what I mean precisely –  Graviton Sep 26 '13 at 5:38
    
This may made me get shot by hideman owner.. but have you tried other VPN service? (One that I have heard a lot is ProXPN) and see if you get better speed? As per Seth's answer below, the VPN server may be overloaded and is just plain slow. So maybe a new VPN server (with better bandwidth) may be the answer. Also when you do speedtest (on VPN) make sure you use a speedtest location "local" to your VPN exit node (not your current location). So say you are in Australia, but VPN made you looks like you are in UK, use speedtest server in UK, not Australia. –  Darius Sep 26 '13 at 7:05
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The limiting factor in most VPN scenarios is the server. The website says that there is no limit, but no guaranteed speed either. To rule out a client side issue, I might try running a speed test without encryption or from another computer.

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I did try to run a speedtest without a VPN and noticed a 10x difference, not sure whether that was what you mean or not. –  Graviton Sep 26 '13 at 5:37
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Uncheck "Use default gateway on remote network" option in TCP/IP network settings (IPv4 > advanced settins)

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Welcome to SuperUser. can you please elaborate on your answer? –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Sep 26 '13 at 10:04
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VPN speed mainly depends on the VPN servers.

  1. What type of servers do they use.
  2. How congested are their servers (ie how many people are logged on / using bandwidth at the same time)
  3. How far are you from their servers and the servers of the service (netflix/hulu/pandora/etc) that you are trying access.

To me, it is always suspicious if the VPN does not allow you to try their servers (and run a quick speedtest) before purchasing. Some allow you to purchase and try... but I prefer to try then purchase. I've seen http://www.vpnauthorty.com allows for a two day free trial. I would run a speedtest.net to try it out from your location

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