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What is capiws.exe?

What is it?

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. It uses a custom security protocol. OpenVPN can be extended with third-party plug-ins or scripts which can be called at defined entry points.
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How does capiws.exe run?

Service - capiws.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'OpenVPNAccessClient' (OpenVPN Access Client). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. OpenVPN Access Client runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


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About 0.3% of all Boost users have the capiws.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of capiws.exe users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is capiws.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00011% CPU1125.8%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
19.76 MB RAM91.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 8 /min0.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\openvpn technologies\openvpn client\core\capiws.exe

Are there other versions of capiws.exe?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by this process.

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
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File details

File name: capiws.exe
Size: 23.5 KB

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001877656%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000751884%
User CPU: 0.00011257716638%
Privileged CPU time: 13549.48 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 1 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 60.36 MB
Peak committed memory: 67.46 MB
Paged memory: 19.76 MB
Peak paged memory: 20.47 MB
Paged system memory: 80.28 KB
Non-paged system memory: 23.98 KB
Working set memory: 11.19 MB
Peak working set memory: 23.51 MB
Min working set memory: 6.17 MB
Private memory: 19.76 MB
Page faults: 63,635
Page faults /min: 5
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 36,454
Read operations /min: 3
Total read transfer: 10.33 MB
Read transfer /min: 903 Bytes
Total write operations: 58,911
Write operations /min: 5
Total write transfer: 6.16 MB
Write transfer /min: 538 Bytes
Total other operations: 3,904,535
Other operations /min: 326
Total other transfer: 96.01 MB
Other Transfer /min: 8.2 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
USER objects: 3
Handle count average: 189
Thread count average: 3
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\OpenVPN Technologies\OpenVPN Client\core\capiws.exe"

Service details

Name: OpenVPN Access Client
Service name: OpenVPNAccessClient
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “OpenVPN Access Client”

Network connectivity

TCP: localhost on port 946

Image hashes

MD5: 8c02b0cc65bee71124a565062ba77b39
SHA-1: ff7b507aa97edec6e1692d005c4d10e6668f58da
SHA-256: c3b4965d62995195a776581ba0750fa72833f4e2e1f8f9dc683f562c13a9e20c

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0
File packed: No
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