The genuine inetstat.exe file is a software component of InetStat by Astori.
InetStat is a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) that is known to inject adware into affected computers. Inetstat.exe launches InetStat. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. InetStat is an application designed for the Windows platform. The program claims to be a download manager that monitor Internet connection speeds. InetStat is often installed as a third-party application through other programs. It has been reported by numerous users of deceptively downloading and installing adware. InetStat may slow-down the computer's Internet browser by inserting advertising, and redirect the user to unwanted websites. Removal of this application is recommended.
InetStat stands for InetStat Bandwidth Monitor
The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the inetstat.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.
Description: Inetstat.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The inetstat.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,325,536 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 840,206 bytes and 13 more variants.
The inetstat.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. There is no description of the program. Inetstat.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous.
Recommended: Identify inetstat.exe related errors
If inetstat.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 726,542 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 1,260,648 bytes or 574,976 bytes. It is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Inetstat.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet.
Important: Some malware also uses the file name inetstat.exe, for example not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.jrzn (detected by Kaspersky), and Win32:Dropper-gen [Drp] or Win32:Malware-gen (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the inetstat.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Bandwidth monitor has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with inetstat. 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.
To help you analyze the inetstat.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.