I have been having problems with vpn - I use NORD and am wondering if anyone else has recent issues. About 3 weeks ago a laptop stopped connecting to my router - I use wifi but tried a cable as well. I had problems with this old laptop a few months ago (as some may remember) and so decided it was time to move stuff over to another laptop and use the old one only as a backup storage device. Yesterday my new laptop suddenly showed a screen fading to white and ending up as pure white. I restarted it and it failed to connect to my router. I uninstalled NORDvpn and re-installed it - it worked fine again. That started me thinking about my old laptop's wifi issue and so I re-installed NORDvpn on that one also - the very moment I started the uninstall process, my internet connection came back. These are two separate devices, one with the problem 3 weeks ago and the other one only yesterday - if this is a NORD problem then it seems to have been of long-standing and perhaps not, as I wondered, an update issue. All this time the mobiles connected to the same NORDvpn account continued working. Today both laptops were again unable to connect - one not to my router and one to my router but not after that. Again I re-installed the vpn and they work fine. Also, after yesterday's re-installations the taskbar icon on both laptops was just a generic white rectangle but today both are now the NORD icon - not sure if that has much relevance. What confuses me, and the tech experts here maybe can answer this, is why would a vpn stop connection to a router? I thought the connection process was router > computer > vpn > web and, therefore, a problem with the vpn would not halt the first connection as it is prior to the vpn's involvement. It appears as if the vpn sends a signal from itself back to the computer hardware responsible for connecting to a router. I have wondered about a virus, as have I transferred items from my old laptop (the first one with the vpn problem) to the new one and we all know how transmissible viruses are! On my old one I use a firewall and malwarebytes and avast and the same on the new one, plus spybot. (Neither laptop has been wearing a mask or face-shield). Any thoughts?