# Windows – How to remove unwanted tunnel adapter connections

networkingwindowswindows 7

I did "ipconfig" today and found about 10 network interfaces, most of them disconnected.

How can I diagnose this? Where can I remove them?

Edit:

The extra network appear like this:

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### How to remove the unwanted Tunnel Adapters via Device Manager:

(This solution has been tested and confirmed to work)

• Type In: Device Manager
• Select Device Manager
• Click the View menu from the top
• Select Show Hidden Devices (Must be check before continuing)
• Scroll down and expand Network Adapters
• Select Uninstall
• Click OK for the pop-up warning message
• Repeat and repeat for each of the unwanted duplicated adapter
• Close Device Manager when finish

Credit: Microsoft Answer's Moderator Nicholas Li per this post.

Warning: It's always a good idea to create system restore point before making any systems changes.

### So what is tunnel adapter?

Tunneling is how to do secure communications across an untrusted network such as the internet. If you look at "description" of each connection, via ipconfig /all, it will probably the contain either ISATAP or 6over4. Find information about Tunnel Adapters at Wikipedia.