What is openvpn-gui.exe?

The genuine openvpn-gui.exe file is a software component of OpenVPN by OpenVPN Technologies.
Openvpn-gui.exe is an executable file that runs the OpenVPN application, a program that provides secure, private tunnels to while surfing the Internet. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. OpenVPN is an open source project written in C that features an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) VPN (Virtual Private Network) solution that lets users connect to the Internet through an encrypted tunnel that secures data and minimizes threats to privacy. The program can handle multiple connections and provides support for password protected accounts. OpenVPN Technologies is an American company that was set up following the success of James Yonan's OpenVPN Project in 2002. OpenVPN Technologies currently designs and distributes the OpenVPN virtual network software. The company is based in Pleasanton, California, USA.

openvpn-gui stands for Open Virtual Private Network Graphical User Interface

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 openvpn-gui.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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Openvpn-gui.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with openvpn-gui
Openvpn-gui.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SSL VPN Client for Windows or OpenVPN GUI for Windows belongs to software OpenVPN (version 2.0.9-gui, 2.4.0-I602, 2.1.3-gui, 2.0-gui, 2.2.2-gui) or Sophos SSL VPN Client or UltraVPN by Sophos or OpenVPN GUI or OpenVPN Solutions or Astaro GmbH & Co. KG.

Description: Openvpn-gui.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The openvpn-gui.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 99,328 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 489,464 bytes and 16 more variants. 
There is no file information. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Openvpn-gui.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with openvpn-gui.exe, you may also want to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > OpenVPN 2.0.9-gui or Sophos SSL VPN Client).

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

Openvpn gui
  Kjetil   (further information)
VPN Verbindung Nicht Sch├Ądlich!
  Michael Wegner   (further information)
Required for SSL VPN in use
It seems to allow malware attempts if you don't "run as admin" in Windows 7.

Summary: Average user rating of openvpn-gui.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think openvpn-gui.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving openvpn-gui issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with openvpn-gui. 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 openvpn-gui.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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