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#1 aztony

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:30 AM

Hi all,

hope everyone is going good. I have a question pertaining to Hotspot Shield Routing driver 6 which is running on my computer. Problem is I don't presently have Hotspot Shield installed. I downloaded it about a year ago to try it, but decided not to keep it after a few days. I uninstalled the app, but I just happened to notice this driver today. I disabled it, and right after found myself without an internet connection, or access to my network, until I re-enabled it. Why would this driver belonging to a program that was removed almost a year ago still control my network/internet access?  

 

I don't know if this 2nd part is related, or not, but while messing around with this I discovered that Privatefirewall's pfsvc.exe has stopped, and will not start/load. Even after a number of reboots and uninstalling and reinstalling the firewall. I've sent Greg over at Privacyware an email to get his thoughts as well. I just have a nagging feeling the two are connected somehow, as they are both displayed under 'non plug and play drivers' when I click 'show hidden devices' in network adapters/device manager.

 

Thanks for any help.

 

Tony  



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:01 AM

First thing to do is make a system restore point and then go in there, look at the properties find the location of the driver (culprit) and blow it away. Be sure to have a copy of your nic card drivers & then uninstall the network driver too. Then just run the scan for hardware again. I hate it when develpers uninstallers don't remove everthing. Then you go in there and find something hooked to your hardware that's not digitally signed or fields just say publisher: UNKNOWN. So annoying! It only takes a minute to give a descritpion lol. One thing about Microsoft is they do sign/hash and describe for their modules and exe's.


Edited by technonymous, 11 April 2014 - 03:02 AM.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:32 AM

Thanks for your reply, technonymous. I waiting on the outcome of dana_p's suggestion before taking the plunge, so to speak.

lol. One thing about Microsoft is they do sign/hash and describe for their modules and exe's.


Edited by hamluis, 11 April 2014 - 02:09 PM.
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