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Microsoft virtual wifi mini-port adapter.


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#1 bwrighttwo

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 03:53 PM

When I try to enable a network app. listed in the properties of adapter(topic title)  it pops up a window that says "are you sure you want to disable this device". If the box is unchecked would that not mean it is already disabled?  I then try to uninstall the adapter and it says reboot is needed for this to take affect. When I reboot, another adapter is there in it's place. Why is this happening? 


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 03:31 AM

The virtual nic you are trying to disable is part fo the drivers of the real nic card in your system. The virtual nic allows you to connect to another wifi device or pc. There might be a way to disable it in the wifi nic's configuration settings.



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Posted 21 September 2014 - 02:27 PM

Hmmm?   That makes sense as to my getting compromised. Any reason this would even be there. I have not added anything like that.



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Posted 21 September 2014 - 10:13 PM

No it's not compromising your system It's totally normal to be there and is typically a hidden windows feature not many know about. You still would have to configure it to use it. SoftAP's are destroyed when the system is rebooted. Unless you create a batch file and add it to startup. Some wifi nics can still be connected to the internet and also serve as a SoftAP at the same time.

 

Example command...

 

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=myhotspot key=abc123 keyUsage=persistent


Edited by technonymous, 21 September 2014 - 10:14 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 10:25 PM

You can't disable the virtual wifi miniport from Device Manager. If you want to disable it, open a command prompt window and enter these two commands

 

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow






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