How to eliminate wanatw4 driver problemsThe wanatw4.sys (Wan Miniport) file is a Windows driver. Generally, drivers are used by Windows to enable internal components like graphic cards and drives, or external devices, such as printers, backup media or input devices.
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The wanatw4.sys process is also known as Wan Miniport (ATW) and is a part of WAN Miniport (ATW). This software is produced by America Online (www.aol.com). An obsolete or defective version of wanatw4.sys can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Wan Miniport has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Wan Miniport 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)
- wanatw4.sys has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module wanatw4.sys. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about wanatw4.sys Wan Miniport
wanatw4.sys is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Wanatw4.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 33,588 bytes (87% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 28,396 bytes.
If necessary, you can manually stop or start this driver in the Device Manager. The Device Manager can be found in Windows Control Panel under Hardware and Sound/Devices and Printers/Device Manager. The driver facilitates access to your computer's hardware and accessories. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The original file by Microsoft is digitally signed. So please check the file on your computer. wanatw4.sys appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 17% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 wanatw4.sys. 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 wanatw4?
|it seems to have caused a crash |
|is it a trojan or virus |
|blue screen |
|how to fix problem |
Summary: One user judges wanatw4.sys to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 4 users have already deleted wanatw4.sys. source: file.net
How to uninstall WAN Miniport
To remove Wan Miniport from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for WAN Miniport in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if wanatw4.sys (Wan Miniport) 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 Wan Miniport. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Wan Miniport 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 wanatw4.sys 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.