OK to have both VPN and regular connection?

Windows 7 environment.  I am new to VPN; just signed up a service (Private Internet Access).  Installed, all looks OK, WHOAMI returns an IP address I know is not that of my cable modem.  However Network and Sharing Center shows both connections to be in service; VPN and my regular connection.  I can right click and disable the VPN connection; cannot do that with the regular connection.  Is this OK?  How can I be certain that the VPN connection is handling browsing, email, etc?
Mike CaldwellConsultant to IP industryAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A VPN application sits on top of Windows and can be enabled and disabled which is what you are seeing. It does not replace Windows Networking.

So if you disable, you can use Windows Networking normally.

If you enable, then you said above you can see your traffic is going to a different IP. You can always use a packet sniffer (Wire Shark is free) to see if any packets go around the VPN and out your regular Windows Network.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you need the regular connection to connect to the vpn but all of your traffic goes via the vpn which is encrypted inside of the regular connection.
Mike CaldwellConsultant to IP industryAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the explanation and the education.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome Mike, and I was happy to help.
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