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my Intel wifi6 ax201 is sabotaged/hacked... need help to restore it.


Hi team,


I have lenovo 5 pro 12900h with intel wifi6 ax201 card in it.

also my wireless router is asus ax56u. i can usually connect to it with 1200mbps.

recently it behaved strangely, and yes i have been target of hacks for while (but that's another topic).


im 100% sure my ax201 card is sabotaged or hacked...

the symptom is every time i enable and disable airplane mode, it will reduce the receive link speed from 1200mbps to 17mbps, transmit speed from 1200mbps to 60mbps.

i have also called lenovo and already received replacement, but it is still the same.

the only fix is to set 802.11a/b/g wireless mode in driver to "5ghz 802.11a".


also reformatting/reinstalling windows doesn't matter... it persists...

running linux also have the same effect.


so i have a big suspicion, hacker modified my ax201 firmware (if it exists)  or somehow store script somewhere (persistence) to interfere with airplane mode  function.


do i need to try to overwrite my ax201 firmware? where can i find its firmware?

or any other help please???


anyhelp would be appreciated.





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Contact a site like www.bleepingcomputer.com  for help with viruses. 


Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Maybe Windows 12 will be better]



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Hello, @lmlim  


Thank you for posting on the Intel® communities.  


I am sorry to hear what happened to your computer and the Hacker issue. 


The Wi-fi doesn't work when the Airplane mode is enabled, if this was a Hacker doing, you need to contact your System Manufacturer for further assistance. 


Best regards,  

Jocelyn M.   

Intel Customer Support Technician. 

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