Prevent your PC from automatically joining a wireless network.
Connecting to an open Wi-Fi network can put your device and data at risk as this network may not be encrypted. If your device frequently connects to multiple Wi-Fi networks that you don't want to use, consider preventing Windows 10 from automatically connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
Here are four ways to prevent your PC from joining a Wi-Fi network.
Deselect Connect automatically
The easiest and fastest way to prevent Windows 10 from automatically connecting to a WiFi network is to click the WiFi icon in the system tray, select the network name and remove the check mark. Connect automatically.
Sometimes Windows 10 will check this box for you and connect your device to the Wi-Fi network when it is in range. To fix the problem, try one of the solutions listed below.
If the Wi-Fi network is password protected, just forget about that network on your PC and it will not connect automatically.
Use the control panel
Follow these steps to manage Wi-Fi networks from Control Panel:
By doing begin Menu search bar, search for Switchboard and choose the Best hit.
Go to Network and Internet> Network and Sharing Center.
Press the Change adapter settings Option from the left menu.
Open that Wireless Internet access Connection you are currently using.
Choose Wireless properties Button.
By doing connection Tab, disable Connect automatically when this network is in range.
click beginthen go to Settings> Network & Internet.
Select in the left pane menu Wireless Internet access.
Click the WiFi connection you are currently using.
Turn off the switch below Connect automatically when in range.
Use command prompt
By doing begin Menu search bar, type command prompt and choose the Best hit.
Art netsh wlan View profile and press Enter. This will show you information about the saved network profiles.
To prevent Windows 10 from automatically connecting to one of these networks, type netsh wlan set profile parameter name = profile name connection mode = manual.
Note: If you want to undo the changes, use the Type netsh wlan set profile parameter name = profile name connection mode = auto Command.
Better be safe than sorry
Having your Windows 10 computer automatically connects to a WiFi network can save you time by quickly receiving notifications of email, messages, or messages from colleagues. However, this feature can connect you to an untrusted or insecure network.
To protect your data and your device, you can use one of the four methods described in this article.
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