OpenVPN (also called as OpenVPN GUI / Open Virtual Private Network) is detected as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by reputable security products under various detections names. OpenVPN is known to gain entrance to a computer system without user consent and change proxy settings similar to the way DNS Unlocker performs.
Once OpenVPN has infected your computer it will change your proxy settings (as previously mentioned) and it will serve advertisements in your web browser, including pop-under ads like the one pictured below.
OpenVPN adware primarily bundles with and installs alongside other potentially unwanted programs and malware. These programs may utilize unethical advertising methods in order to persuade users to manually install them. Advertisements may claim that OpenVPN is something it is not, or that a program which automatically installs this adware is something it is not.
OpenVPN adware can also enter your computer or attach to your browser without your knowledge and consent. It will automatically download in the background while you work on your computer after a third-party program or file has been introduced to your computer. This is what happened in our case during a malware research meeting. OpenVPN adware can additionally be included as a custom installation for third-party products such as freeware, download managers, and torrent files. Users may also be given an opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install this program.
|Name||OpenVPN, OpenVPN GUI, OpenVPN virus *This infection is not technically defined as a computer virus|
|Detection Categories||Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
|Symptoms||Advertisements in the web browser
Browser redirects to sponsored webpages
Decreased internet speed and performance
Decreased computer functionality and performance
Bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs
|Common Path(s)||C:\Program Files (x86)
|Quick Detection & Removal Tool||Click Here To Download Malwarebytes|
How to remove OpenVPN (Virus Removal Guide)
This OpenVPN removal guide will remove OpenVPN, viruses, malware, and other threats from your computer and browser.
- Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
- Scan your computer with HitmanPro
- Uninstall OpenVPN and unwanted programs
- Remove OpenVPN extension
- Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
- Obtain DNS server address automatically
1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
The first step to remove this adware is to download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.
2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.
3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.
4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.
2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro
The second step to remove this adware is to download and install a second opinion scanner called HitmanPro by Surfright in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.
2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.
4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
5. Click the Reboot button.
3. Uninstall OpenVPN and unwanted programs
The third step to remove this adware is to uninstall OpenVPN and other unwanted programs in Windows Control Panel.
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”
3. Search for OpenVPN Supporting Application in the list and double click it.
4. Once you have uninstalled OpenVPN Supporting Application search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.
4. Remove OpenVPN extension
The fourth step to remove this adware is to remove unwanted browser add-ons and extensions from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari.
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the OpenVPN extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.
1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.
2. Search for the OpenVPN add-on and click Remove.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.
2. Search for the OpenVPN add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.
1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
2. Search for the OpenVPN extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.
5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
The fifth step to remove this adware is to download and install CCleaner by Piriform in order to delete leftover junk files, tracking cookies, registry entries, unwanted start-up tasks, and more.
2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.
4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.
Obtain DNS server address automatically
The sixth step to remove this adware is change your DNS settings if they have been affected by OpenVPN.
1. Open Windows Start Menu, go to the Control Panel, and click View network status and tasks.
2. Click on Local Area Connection.
3. Click on Properties.
4. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 and click the Properties button.
5. Choose Obtain DNS server address automatically and click the OK button.