How to Update, Download, and Fix Openvpn-sha256.cer

Last Updated: 05/05/2020
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Internet Security Certificate files, such as openvpn-sha256.cer, are considered a type of Internet Web (Internet Security Certificate) file. They are associated with the CER file extension, developed by AnchorFree for Hotspot Shield 7.9.0.

Openvpn-sha256.cer was first released in the Windows 10 Operating System on 11/16/2018 with Hotspot Shield Elite 7.15.1. The newest file release date for Hotspot Shield 7.9.0 was 07/27/2018 [version 7.9.0]. Openvpn-sha256.cer is packaged with Hotspot Shield 7.9.0 and Hotspot Shield Elite 7.15.1.

Please see below for more detailed information, CER file troubleshooting instructions, and free downloads of different versions of openvpn-sha256.cer.

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File Overview

General Information
File Name: openvpn-sha256.cer
File Extension: CER file extension
File Type: Internet Web
Description: Internet Security Certificate
User Popularity Rating:
Developer and Software Information
Software Program: Hotspot Shield 7.9.0
Developer: AnchorFree
Software: Hotspot Shield
Software Version: 7.9.0
File Details
File Size (Bytes): 1548
Oldest File Date: 10/31/2019
Latest File Date: 10/31/2019

What are openvpn-sha256.cer Error Messages?

General openvpn-sha256.cer Runtime Errors

Openvpn-sha256.cer file errors often occur during the startup phase of Hotspot Shield, but can also occur while the program is running. These types CER errors are also known as “runtime errors” because they occur while Hotspot Shield is running. Here are some of the most common openvpn-sha256.cer runtime errors:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error!

Program: C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\driver\openvpn-sha256.cer

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.

Most CER errors are due to missing or corrupt files. Your openvpn-sha256.cer file could be missing due to accidental deletion, uninstalled as a shared file of another program (shared with Hotspot Shield), or deleted by a malware infection. Furthermore, openvpn-sha256.cer file corruption could be caused from a power outage when loading Hotspot Shield, system crash while loading or saving openvpn-sha256.cer, bad sectors on your storage media (usually your primary hard drive), or malware infection. Thus, it’s critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix openvpn-sha256.cer Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your openvpn-sha256.cer issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the openvpn-sha256.cer error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed Hotspot Shield (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling Hotspot Shield software.

You can uninstall Hotspot Shield software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for Hotspot Shield 7.9.0 and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall Hotspot Shield software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

Hotspot Shield 7.9.0


Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many openvpn-sha256.cer error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the openvpn-sha256.cer error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your openvpn-sha256.cer File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate openvpn-sha256.cer file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free openvpn-sha256.cer files for every applicable version of Hotspot Shield. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download openvpn-sha256.cer Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate Hotspot Shield folder location:
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\driver\
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\driver\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows 10.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve openvpn-sha256.cer problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download openvpn-sha256.cer Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying openvpn-sha256.cer to your appropriate Windows system directory. AnchorFree typically does not release Hotspot Shield CER files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing openvpn-sha256.cer and all other CER files for Hotspot Shield. An incorrectly installed CER file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

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Files Related to openvpn-sha256.cer

CER Files Related to openvpn-sha256.cer

File Name Description Software Program (Version) File Size (bytes) File Location
openvpn-sha256.cer Internet Security Certificate Hotspot Shield 7.9.0 1548 C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\driver\
openvpn-sha1.cer Internet Security Certificate Hotspot Shield 7.9.0 1722 C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\driver\

Other Files Related to openvpn-sha256.cer

File Name Description Software Program (Version) File Size (bytes) File Location
machine.PNF Precompiled INF Hotspot Shield 7.9.0 152316 C:\Windows\inf\
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diagwrn.xml Extensible Markup Language Hotspot Shield Elite 7.15.1 44683 C:\Windows\Panther\UnattendGC\
api-ms-win-core-memory... ApiSet Stub DLL Microsoft® Windows® Operating System (10.0.17134.12) 18552 C:\Users\Tester\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDriv...
api-ms-win-core-memory... ApiSet Stub DLL Microsoft® Windows® Operating System (10.0.17134.12) 18696 C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\bin\


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