Hola VPN is touted as the first community powered, or peer-to-peer virtual private network in which users assist each other to make information accessible for everyone on the internet. This VPN is easily set up in one click, is available for free and comes without ads for PC users, plus you can use it to view how a site will look like from a particular country.
Other uses for which Hola VPN can be put to include secure browsing, bypassing government censorships, and overcoming ISP or company site blocking, and you can also view a website in its native language, plus so much more.
In order to use Hola VPN, you have to install it then go to a website you want to visit, click the Hola extension icon on your browser, then select a country, and Hola VPN will switch your IP address to that country so you’re virtually browsing from there.
If this is your situation, try the solutions below to unblock Hola VPN and continue enjoying anonymous browsing and internet usage on your computer.
FIX: Hola VPN blocked
1. Preliminary checks
- If you cannot access even when disconnected from the VPN, check your internet connection.
- Check that you entered the correct user credentials – username and password for logins
- Check your IP address for information such as your city or region (country) next to the location you selected. If it shows a location near you, it means you’re not connected to a server location associated with your VPN, so try connecting again.
- Open the website you want to access, and click the Hola extension icon, then select the flag of the country you want to view the website from
- Disable and enable the Hola extension
- Try forcing the site to reload by pressing CTRL and F5 (or SHIFT + REFRESH)
- Clear your browser’s cache, including the cookies (typically under ‘Settings’ > ‘Privacy’ or press CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE on your keyboard
- Close the browser, then open and try again
- Disable other extensions to check if any of these is causing Hola VPN blocked problem
- Uninstall Hola from the browse then go to hola.org and click Start
- Disable other Virtual Private Server, proxy software, or other software that might conflict with Hola. These can include IE tab, Avast WebRep, Flash Blocker, and NoScript.
- Test your Hola VPN via IPLocation site. This site shows the country you’re browsing from. Click Hola extension icon>Select Country and the IPLocation site will refresh and show the country you’re browsing from or any other country you choose.
- Ensure that you have the latest version of your browser.
- Disable your antivirus or firewall (at your risk) to see if they are causing the problem. Third-party app settings like your security software settings which sometimes block the PPTP and L2TP protocols, especially when your set higher than the normal level. Try connecting again, then, allow PPTP, L2TP and IPSec through your antivirus and firewall and re-enable the security software.
- Check if your VPN account may have expired as this can cause connection or blockage issues.
- Check your router settings if you’re connected to a WiFi router. Check for pass through options for PPTP, L2TP, and IPSec, under Router Firewall/Security tab and enable them. If these options don’t exist, disable the router firewall and try again then reenable the firewall.
- Download the latest version of your VPN.
Note: If you cannot find Hola extension on your browser, do the following:
- Close Chrome and open it again
- Move your mouse to the address bar (next to bookmarks) and drag the address bar to the left
- Click >> (more) icon at the top right side of the address bar
- Check if Hola icon is on the list
- Open Chrome extension settings – ensure Hola extension isn’t installed or download it from the Hola website
- Disable Hola and re-enable it again
- Close Firefox and open it again
- Open Firefox Add-on settings. Ensure Hola extension is installed, or download from Hola website
- Move your mouse to Firefox settings button, then right click and select Customize.
- Drag the Hola icon back to the address bar
2. Change your VPN
If you find Hola VPN blocked, get a VPN that will replace IP addresses immediately because time usually lapses between when the particular IP address was banned and when the VPN provider changed it. In this case, disconnect and then reconnect, and try until you find an IP and/or servers that work.
A good VPN you can use is CyberGhost. Among its features is a large server network in many different locations, an Unblock Streaming feature to access geo-restricted content or bypass censorship, without having to manually test your servers, IP hiding, IP sharing for extra security, and DNS leak protection, among others.
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3. Flush the DNS
This allows your computer to access your VPN’s DNS automatically, for the proper/correct entries. To do this:
- Click Start
- Click All Apps
- Select Accessories
- Type CMD in the search box, and right click Command Prompt then select Run as administrator
- Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter. You’ll get a confirmation that says: Windows IP Configuration Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache will be displayed
Has any of these solutions helped? Let us know in the comments section below.
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