What is net.exe?

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 net.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.

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Net.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with net
Net.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Net Command belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Net.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Net.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 709,120 bytes (96% of all occurrences), 787,456 bytes, 141,777 bytes or 344,064 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. Net.exe is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). Net.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you run into problems with net.exe, you can remove the entire program Windows Utils using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name net.exe, for example Trojan.Downloader.Delf.OQM or Gen:Variant.Kazy.13027 (detected by BitDefender), and W32/Cekar or Artemis!8F128EC32CE1 (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the net.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

net.exe files is runnig
  harry   (further information)
Net.exe is a windows file and is located in C:/Windows/System32 but if you get a message like this: "Net.exe-No Disk" then this net.exe is a virus.It is a dangerous virus and has following names: Systemil.exe,Documents.exe,Photos.exe,Pictures.exe,Readme.dmb.exe. It disables Windows Task Manager.If your computer is infected by this malware,and your task manager is working,better see Applications tab and end its process Or format all your computer drives...
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keeps pop up on the cmd window
Net.exe is an essential part of the Windows Operating System. It is required by the Windows Messenger service (not to be confused with Windows Live Messenger). This service enables domain and network administrators to communicate with the users of their servers. Disabling or removing net.exe will disable this core function of Windows.
  trogdor   (further information)
The net command is used to update, fix, or view the network or network settings.
  Rach   (further information)
falls selbst öffnet ist ein virus oder wurm ins spiel !!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of net.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think net.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think net.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade net.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving net issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with net. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the net.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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