I actually just tried the above program and it works. It has serious limitations if your not getting the paid version. Blocks a bunch of webs sites and all secure ones. It does work though. I really wish Verizon would not have found it necessary to remove wifi sharing over USB for some dam reason. The S7 I have, had it factory and they removed it. Not sure why? Seeing how it does not have a fuking thing to do with the mobile network. I can actual tether my computer by USB using mobile network and can't from my wifi. Can already bypass they're tethering fee.
I will continue reading and searching till I find a way to undo or work around big reds unnecessary removal of this feature. Even if it involves crawling a 1000 miles on my hands and knees, on broken glass to find some big wig and beating the reversal out of him with the very S7 I'm typing this on.
If you are having the same issue as me then you have a USB Tethering option in "Settings > Wireless & Networks > More" but when you enable it first "Checking your account details" with your cell provider (Mine is Metro PCS using an Alcatel Fierce XL) to make sure they will let you, then it turns off your WIFI, making you use their cellular data for use with USB tethering. This whole concept is ridiculous and just seems like a way for the cell company to force stuff on you as a customer. My buddies android phone (cricket i believe) lets you tether wireless or usb no problems with or without a cell connection, you can use it as a glorified wifi adapter which is actually what he does now after he got a newer phone without a cracked screen. My Solution
The easiest solution without rooting your phone and risking bricking it while installing a custom rom is to download one of the many tethering apps on your phone (I recommend PDAnet by June Fabrics, they have been building this app for years and years, and its the only one i know works without a headache) I got my phone set up as a wifi adapter within 5 minutes and am using it currently leveraging my home wifi and no cell data from my phone. Just goto the Play Store on your phone and look for "PDAnet" by June Fabrics, then on your PC install the drivers / software found on June Fabrics (junefabrics.com + /android/downloadold.php) . Their app couldnt be any easier to use and configure. It will walk you through everything you need to do. I would imagine other phones with different versions of android might work like my buddies without any extra software or headache, but apparently some cell providers are forcing this account verification deal and disabling wifi while using usb debugging.
solution without additional software while having cyanogenmod
This works with cyanogenmod10 out of the box. Probably also possible with cm7/cm9 too.
Connect phone via cable to pc, connect phone to wifi, enable "USB-Tethering" (Settings -> Tethering/Hotspot), let OS detect the new device, done.
I know this thread has no activity since over a year, but if anybody finds this page like me while searching for this topic, I could be helpful for him knowing a method without using additional software while having cyanogenmod.
Turn your data off and turn on your WiFi, connect to the desired network and try to tether via usb to your phone. This should hopefully bridge your connection if you have an aosp ROM. I'm not sure about sense, as I've never tried it on a sense ROM before.
Now i wanna say that suppose we have this wifi dongle for connecting to computer..(see photo attached) we use this for connecting WIFI to our PC's. RIGHT???
NOW i wanna ask if it is possible that we can use our phone instead of this ""DONGLE"" as wifi signal catcher. NEITHER USB NOR WIFI TETHERING(like easy tether lite or many other options available on XDA.) [people are actually asking for "THIS OPTION" so we don't have to spend another 20-30 bucks but they ends up with USB or WIFI tether)
we connect our phone to PC and Search for WIFI Signals on PC... NOT on the phone itself.
please guys, if any one know how to do this then please share. OR please tell if it is possible or not..