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What does the openvpnas.exe file do?

The openvpnas.exe process is also known as Hotspot Shield Service and is a part of Hotspot Shield or, as the case may be, Expat Shield. This software is produced by AnchorFree (anchorfree.com). An obsolete or defective version of openvpnas.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about openvpnas.exe Hotspot Shield service

openvpnas.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file openvpnas.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 331,608 bytes (22% of all these files), 247,808 bytes as well as 21 other variants.
It is the service "HotspotShieldService".
There is no internal description of the file. This openvpnas program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. Openvpnas.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 47% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A openvpnas.exe file has a 50% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 265,776 bytes. This file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. This process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. Openvpnas.exe is capable of track other applications.

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 openvpnas.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 openvpnas?

openvpnas.exe belongs to the program of "Hotspot Shield" and this program is used to find the free VPN server on the internet to help you to access the internet without displaying your true IP
Hotspot Shiled VPN software
The software for Hotspot shield. needed to run VPN
Service of Hotspot Shield
It is part of Hotspot Shield. However trys to lure you to a anti maleware site to download a program to get ride of the maleware. Hotspot Shield itself does mask your ip... But the constant lure of maleware I have questioned this program.

Summary: 12 users judge openvpnas.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 4 users have already deleted openvpnas.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Hotspot Shield or Expat Shield

To remove Hotspot Shield service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Hotspot Shield or Expat Shield in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if openvpnas.exe (Hotspot Shield service) 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 Hotspot Shield service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Hotspot Shield service 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 openvpnas.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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