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What is openvpnas.exe?

The genuine openvpnas.exe file is a software component of Access Server by OpenVPN. The access server for OpenVPN, this application runs in the background of your designated server. OpenVPN allows totally secure virtual private network access from any outside computer with the OpenVPN client installed. It is able to configured in many different ways and has support for multiple environments. Originally created in 2001, OpenVPN is open source software.

OpenVPNAS stands for Open Virtual Private Network Access Server

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 openvpnas.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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Openvpnas.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with openvpnas
Openvpnas.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Hotspot Shield Service belongs to software Hotspot Shield or Expat Shield or Hotspot Shield Service or reFX quadraSID by AnchorFree (anchorfree.com).

Description: Openvpnas.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The openvpnas.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 84,440 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 50,176 bytes and 43 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/openvpnas.exe.html 
The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Openvpnas.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
If you encounter difficulties with openvpnas.exe, you can uninstall the software Hotspot Shield or Expat Shield using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs) or look for help from the software company Anchorfree.

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If openvpnas.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 265,776 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Openvpnas.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Openvpnas.exe is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Openvpnas.exe is able to monitor applications.
If you encounter difficulties with openvpnas.exe, you can uninstall the software Hotspot Shield using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as openvpnas.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the openvpnas.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.

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User Comments

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
  Serge  
The software for Hotspot shield. needed to run VPN
  csos  
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.
   
openvpnas.exe belongs to the program of "Hotspot Shield" and this program is used to help you to access the internet without displaying your true IP or hide your IP
   
Hotspot Shield
  James   (further information)
I think its hotspot shield process, I am also using the same.
  Khuram Shahzad  
It's a process for hotspot shield and is harmless
  Jason  
part of HotSpot Shield, or a standalone app
  Elod   (further information)
Adware.Anchorfree virus that opens adware pages
  Ves-kun  
it's software belong to hotspot shield
  indiegeek   (further information)
Hotspot Shield Progam Used By Level Up Games Is An Anti-Cheater To Prevent Use Of hacks in Games Like MapleStory Lunia And Ragnarok Like Punk-Buster Used In Wolfeinstain Enemy Territory
  Icaro  
its for hotspot shield
  Ivanov Borowski  
It stays as a process even after uninstallin hotspot shield, and it causes your moblie internet connection to unconnect etc.
  Gary Openhill  
It is a part of hotspot shield
  Malcolm birdsall   (further information)
Hotspot Sheild. Consumes a lot of CPU ower
  Janne  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of openvpnas.exe: based on 31 votes with 17 user comments. 12 users think openvpnas.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 4 users think openvpnas.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving openvpnas issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with openvpnas. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the openvpnas.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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