How to remove the dnetc virus

Most antivirus programs identify dnetc.exe as malware—for instance McAfee identifies it as Proxy-DistNet, and F-Secure identifies it as Application.Distnet.A.

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Dnetc.exe file information

The process known as client belongs to software client by Distributed Computing Technologies (

Description: Dnetc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Dnetc.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 539,136 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Dnetc.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows system file. Dnetc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the dnetc.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It's a distributed processing client from
  Tim Nerbonne   (further information)
Possible Trojan [if ini file contains]
  m0d   (further information)
This is a client. was the Internet's first general-purpose distributed computing project. Founded in 1997, our network has grown to include thousands of users around the world donating the power of their home computers to academic research and public-interest projects.
  Filipp   (further information)
a low priority shared cpu application that runs in the background and is user installed.
  Keith McLaurin   (further information)
it hogs my CPU resources. Forcing the CPU to work even when the system is on idle and cause my Procie to overheat to 50 degrees centi. . Deletion of this is crap necessary when you notice something unusual. After deletion my system backs to normal again.
friend reported today that it wiped his hard drive when he loaded update with it inside.
Found it on my PC, it caused the CPU to run a constant 100% load
Boinc (Distributed Computing) project, if its installed your computer is most likely running Boinc. Ask the person who set it up why.
It's the client of It "consumes" the CPU resources because it computes for the project OGR-27 and RC5-72 (see on wikipedia, they are crittography standards), it's normal that when you close the client, your pc backs to the normal. Sorry for my english, i'm italian.
  Dario (Italy)   (further information)
100% runs the CPU at full speed =hot CPU. FIX IS: Says run all the REGISTRY stuff and fixes on line AVG ETC...... DON'T WORK. GLARY UTILITIES 5, FREE PUBLIC...... USED FIXED IT........ JUST TURN IT OFF. YEA !!!!!!!
Dnetc is a RC5-72/OGR-27 cracker. It is installed by a user. it is not malware. it is annoyance if someone installs it on your system w/o your permission
  Cmdr. Cornhole   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of dnetc.exe: based on 14 votes with 11 user comments. 5 users think dnetc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think dnetc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving dnetc issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active dnetc process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the dnetc.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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