What does the openvpn.exe file do?
The openvpn.exe process is also known as OpenVPN Daemon or, as the case may be, pia_manager and is a part of Express Vpn or, as the case may be, Hotspot Shield. This software is produced by The OpenVPN Project (openvpn.net) or, as the case may be, AnchorFree (anchorfree.com). An obsolete or defective version of openvpn.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- OpenVPN Daemon has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- OpenVPN Daemon has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- openvpn.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module openvpn.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about openvpn.exe OpenVPN Daemon
openvpn.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Openvpn.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 690,176 bytes (10% of all these files), 694,272 bytes as well as 72 other variants.
The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The openvpn file is not part of the Windows operating system. This process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. For this reason, 52% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A openvpn.exe file has a 78% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 799,232 bytes (50% of all these files), 745,824 bytes or, as the case may be, 677,688 bytes. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network.
- A openvpn.exe file has a 94% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 799,232 bytes (75% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 876,544 bytes. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. This process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN.
- A openvpn.exe file has a 84% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder. In this case, the file size is usually 799,232 bytes (75% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 730,624 bytes.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves openvpn.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about openvpn?
|Part of the OpenVPN ssl-based vpn system (further information...) |
|OpenVPN (further information...) |
|this is Virtual private network service (further information...) |
|a Internet Anoymer client!! |
|part of Shot Shot Sheild, OpenVPN tunnel protocol |
Summary: 12 users judge openvpn.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Express Vpn or Hotspot Shield
To remove OpenVPN Daemon from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Express Vpn or Hotspot Shield in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if openvpn.exe (OpenVPN Daemon) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of OpenVPN Daemon. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for OpenVPN Daemon or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or openvpn.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.
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