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Cisco AnyConnect – Disable ICS

If you are having issues using Cisco AnyConnect on Windows and are getting errors such as:

“Connection attempt has failed”


“AnyConnect was not able to establish a connection to the specified secure gateway”

then be sure to confirm you have stopped or disabled the Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service.


Also, make 100% sure you haven’t shared the wireless device itself.

Related Post: Lenovo laptops have a HotSpot feature that requires ICS (see Lenovo Support Article).

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