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IPVanish Netflix Proxy Error (Workaround)

Has your IPVanish stopped working with Netflix? Are you seeing the ‘You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy’ error message? Then it’s bad news, I’m afraid. Your VPN’s servers have been blacklisted. But don’t panic. Here we show you how to get around the IPVanish Netflix Proxy Error.

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Is IPVanish working on a fix?


However, we contacted IPVanish back in December 2017, and again in January this year, to find out what it’s plans were. The official response we got was “our team is working on the issue, it is our highest priority”. Yet the problem still persists.

So, it’s fair to assume IPVanish will not be fixing the issue anytime soon.

See also: TunnelBear not working with VPN? Here’s how to fix that!

How Netflix detects & block VPNs?

The technology behind the block is pretty simple. VPNs share a limited number servers with thousands of users. This is a problem because each VPN server connects to the internet via a single IP address, which means Netflix experiences (potentially) thousands of account logins all coming from the same IP.

When Netflix detects an abnormal amount of activity from the same IP address, it blocks it. And anyone trying to watch Netflix using the VPN server will see Netlfix’s proxy error message. Take a look at our How to bypass the Netflix Proxy block? article for a more in-depth explanation.

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IPVanish Netflix Proxy Error: How to fix!

The only way to guarantee to bypass the Netflix proxy ban is to use a VPN that stays one step ahead of Netflix. Below, we’ve listed our three favourite VPN services that are winning the fight with Netflix.

The 3 Best VPNs that actually work with Netflix

1. PureVPN

This is the VPN service I use the most. The PureVPN app (available on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android) lets you select the best server based on Purpose. This feature will automatically connect you to the best server for your ‘Purpose’. For this scenario, all you need to do is select US Netflix and let the app do the rest. Do this and you’ll be watching US Netflix again in seconds.

Get PureVPN (£3.15/month).

2. NordVPN

NordVPN is a more established VPN provider that has been wrestling with Netflix since it started to block location spoofing in 2016. The way NordVPN beats the proxy ban is to engage in a full-time game of Cat and Mouse with Netflix. When one of its servers is blacklisted, it opens a new one.

NordVPN will even let you check which servers are currently working with Netflix via a chatbot on its website. Navigate to Support and then select the ‘How to securely watch Netflix with NordVPN’ option. You’ll then be presented with a long list of US servers you can connect to.

Get NordVPN (£2.32/month)

3. ExpressVPN

This is another great choice. ExpressVPN lets its users watch US Netflix in the same way NordVPN does. Whenever one of its servers is blocked by Netflix, it opens a new one. The only difference is that you’ll have to talk to a real person via the 24/7 Live Chat service on its website.

This isn’t really an issue though. All the agents are all happy to assist you and will help you find a server that’s working with US Netflix again in a couple of minutes.

Get ExpressVPN (£4.70/month)

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