Why does my Galaxy Mini, as a hotspot stop operating?

I use a Galaxy mini s6500xxlk2 as a dumb phone and router (hotspot), i.e.I only have a web APN. No web surfing with the phone itself. About once a month when used as a router it won't provide any web access any more, though the pc will connect to the phone's LAN (hotspot). No setup changes are ever performed, hotspot and APN setups are correct. I have to master reset the phone and repeat the previosly existing APN and hospot setups and it will work. This has been going on for over a year and is very frustrating.
I suspect this has to do with the presence of countless useless smartphone applications that sit on the phone and endlessly expect to access the web, but it _is_ a bug nonetheless.
Thanks for any advice.

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