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Old Jul 4, 2011, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default VPN, Windows 7, Firefox and MSN: How to make Firefox not use the VPN?

So I have a VPN in the states. My office has decided to block my MSN traffic so I've started using my VPN to connect to MSN.

This slows everything else down though. Is there any way I can make Firefox not use the VPN while it is active?
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Old Jul 4, 2011, 08:49 PM   #2
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Good question! AFAIK, the whole internet traffic once on a VPN stays on the VPN, unless there's some kind of software that shapes traffic depending on which program you want to use...
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Old Jul 4, 2011, 11:07 PM   #3
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Not sure how comfortable you are with messing with routing tables, but this is one way to direct traffic the way you want. Granted, you can't really make it so certain applications use one gateway and others use another, but we can make certain IP blocks go to a gateway. Particularly, we will aim to make the IP block used for MSN go through the VPN while everything else continues to go through your normal connection.

The first thing we need to do is disable a setting on the VPN connection that automatically changes the default route to go through the VPN gateway. This will save us some steps later. In your network connections list, get the properties of your VPN connection. Go to the Networking tab, then double-click on "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)". Afterwards, click on the Advanced button. "Use default gateway on remote network" should be unchecked. Click OK in each window until you're back at the Network Connections window again.

At this point, you will want to connect to your VPN. Once connected, you can get the connection details for your VPN connection through the Network Connections window. You will need to take note of the IPv4 default gateway. For example's sake, let's pretend that the default gateway for the VPN is

Now, open a Command Prompt with admin privileges. Otherwise, you won't be able to make any changes to the routing table.

The next piece of information we will need is the IP block of which you connect to MSN with. This piece may be more difficult to get, but on my end, I checked my Trillian settings to see what host it uses to connect to Windows Live. The host listed was messenger.hotmail.com. If I ping that host, I get Of course, we want to get a broader range, so we will route (instead of a single machine) through your VPN.

In the elevated command prompt, you will want to issue the following command:

route add
If successful, the only response you should see is "OK!". At this point, you should be able to connect to MSN. However, if there are other network ranges that are involved, you will have to repeat the command for each IP block.

Hopefully this points you in the right direction.
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