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Should I remove OpenVPN Connect?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,515
United States Rank #9,545
Reach 0.0290%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.23 days
478.89 days >
Average installed length: 251.62 days


VersionDistribution 0.18% 1.05% 2.28% 2.10% 0.18% 4.90% 1.40% 9.11% 6.83% 4.73% 10.51% 14.19% 0.35% 0.53% 4.90% 0.18% 11.38%
1.8.3 19.79%
1.8.0 2.80%
1.7.2 1.75%
1.7.1 0.53%
1.6.1 0.35%

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OpenVPN Connect

What is OpenVPN Connect?

OpenVPN is an open source software application that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. OpenVPN allows peers to authenticate each other using a pre-shared secret key, certificates, or username/password. When used in a multiclient-server configuration, it allows the server to release an authentication certificate for every client, using signature and Certificate authority. It uses the OpenSSL encryption library extensively, as well as the SSLv3/TLSv1 protocol, and contains many security and control features.


The most used version is 1.8.3, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is openvpn.exe. The software installer includes 38 files and is usually about 4.92 MB (5,157,291 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: openvpn.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\openvpn technologies\openvpn client\core
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{AB5F756A-F9DA-4FCF-A9B3-86965BAA8805}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.92 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by OpenVPN Connect

Program executable:openvpn.exe
Signed by:AnchorFree Inc
Path:C:\Program Files\openvpn technologies\openvpn client\core\openvpn.exe
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Additional files:
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • pythoncom26.dll - PyWin32
  • pywintypes26.dll
  • python26.dll (by Python Software Foundation) - Python (Python Core)
  • capicli.exe
  • capihelper.exe
  • capiws.exe
  • docrt.exe
  • ffinj.dll
  • icert.exe
  • jsondialog.exe
  • lzo2.dll
  • openvpn-sign.exe
  • ovpncli.exe
  • ovpntray.dll
  • ovpntray.exe
  • py.exe
  • userinfo.exe
  • w9xpopen.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ovpntray.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8E2B1AB0-514C-4FB0-9503-856BA0C7B036}' (runs on registration).
  • capiws.exe runs as a service named 'OpenVPN Access Client' (OpenVPNAccessClient) "OpenVPN Access Client".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.8 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000143247%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00000707%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000725%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:150,666
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:98 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:19.76 MB
Total CPU:0.0001877656%
Kernel CPU:0.00007519%
User CPU:0.00011258%
I/O reads/min:903 Bytes
I/O writes/min:538 Bytes
Memory:13.83 MB
Total CPU:0.0000172219%
Kernel CPU:0.00000782%
User CPU:0.00000940%
CPU cycles/sec:5,087,534
I/O reads/min:316 Bytes
I/O writes/min:8 Bytes

How do I remove OpenVPN Connect?

You can uninstall OpenVPN Connect from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program OpenVPN Connect, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove OpenVPN Connect.

Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win XP 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.52%
Windows 10 38.88%
Windows XP 2.98%
Windows Vista 2.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 21.93%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.93%
Windows 10 Home 10.35%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.19%
Windows 10 Pro 7.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.22%
  France 6.36%
  United Kingdom 4.70%
  Canada 4.29%
  Germany 2.35%
  Thailand 1.80%
  Netherlands 1.66%
  Australia 1.24%
  India 1.24%
  Italy 1.24%
  Belgium 1.11%
  Turkey 1.11%
  Brazil 0.97%
  Iran 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 29.44%
Hewlett-Packard 23.61%
ASUS 13.06%
Lenovo 8.61%
Acer 7.78%
Toshiba 5.00%
Samsung 2.22%
Apple 1.94%
Intel 1.39%
MSI 1.11%
Alienware 0.83%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.09%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.92%
ASUS All Series 2.92%
Dell XPS 1820 2.34%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.34%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.34%

About OpenVPN Technologies

OpenVPN is an open source program that implements virtual private network (VPN) for creating secure point-to-point connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.
Publisher URL: openvpn.net


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