What is NetLimiter.exe?

The genuine NetLimiter.exe file is a software component of LockTime NetLimiter by LockTime.
NetLimiter.exe is an executable file that runs NetLimiter, a program that is used for monitoring and controlling Internet traffic. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. NetLimiter features a Limiter to limit and control bandwidth usage by specified applications, connections and filters. It includes a Blocker to control which applications may connect to the Internet, traffic statistics, packet loss and latency simulation, a scheduler, and much more. NetLimiter is developed and maintained by Locktime Software. It was first released in 2005.

netLimiter stands for Internet Bandwidth Limiter

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 NetLimiter.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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NetLimiter.exe file information

The process known as NetLimiter belongs to software LockTime NetLimiter by LockTime (

Description: NetLimiter.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file NetLimiter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\NetLimiter\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 823,296 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. NetLimiter.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with NetLimiter.exe, you can also remove the entire program NetLimiter using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as NetLimiter.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NetLimiter.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

Internet bandwidth limiter. Lets you choose the required bandwidth for individual programs.
    (further information)
Executable for NetLimiter software, to control bandwidth for individual applications. Not malicious.
  James Ryan   (further information)
Its not dangerous.
NetLimiter - harmless...
Manages Bandwith for individual applications, you should now what you installed :D
  Mirra   (further information)
Bandbreite beschränken
Bandwidth limiter

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Summary: Average user rating of NetLimiter.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 5 users think NetLimiter.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving NetLimiter issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with NetLimiter. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 NetLimiter.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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