What is capiws.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the capiws.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Capiws.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with capiws
Capiws.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as OpenVPN Connect or OpenVPN Client or PrivateTunnel belongs to software OpenVPN Connect or OpenVPN Client or PrivateTunnel by OpenVPN Technologies.

Description: Capiws.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The capiws.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 24,064 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 23,552 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall OpenVPN Client or OpenVPN Connect, or ask Support team for help. Go to OpenVPN Client or OpenVPN Connect in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or go to for Customer Support.

Recommended: Identify capiws.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as capiws.exe. Therefore, you should check the capiws.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It captures keyboard input.
OpenVPN uses it to allow secure input of the password
It's the OpenVPN client
  Dan   (further information)
It is part of the OpenVPN Client and is often used to login and authenticate securely
  JamesW   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of capiws.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks capiws.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks capiws.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving capiws issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with capiws. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the capiws.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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