What is net1.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 net1.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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Net1.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with net1
Net1.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Net Command or Application Installer belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Wipe, Secret Disk, Prevent Restore, Safe Startup by Microsoft ( or

Description: Net1.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Net1.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 124,928 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 142,336 bytes, 168,960 bytes or 139,776 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The file is a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as net1.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the net1.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

net1.exe is a process belonging to the Microsoft Windows Operating System and offers additional functions to your local area network via the DOS command line. "
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Summary: Average user rating of net1.exe: based on 4 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think net1.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks net1.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving net1 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with net1. 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 net1.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.

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