What is NetMeter.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 NetMeter.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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NetMeter.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with NetMeter
NetMeter.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NetMeter (version 1.1.4 BETA, 1.1.3) belongs to software NetMeter (version (beta 2)) by ReadError (

Description: NetMeter.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. NetMeter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 331,264 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 293,888 bytes, 330,752 bytes or 266,240 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. NetMeter.exe is not a Windows system file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). NetMeter.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to do the following:

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If NetMeter.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 49% dangerous. The file size is 293,888 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 917,504 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The NetMeter.exe file is not a Windows system file. NetMeter.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

External information from Paul Collins:

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

This is a freeware program that displays network and internet usage meter
  Lovellz   (further information)
it's just a freeware bandwidth meter.
  Jim Allison  
Never have problem.
NetRatings software by Opistat . "OpiStat measures Internet usage anonymously and surveys participants according to their profiles and online habits". This software has been reported to get downloaded and installed automatically after a Grokster install. It anonymously collects your use of the Internet protocols (sites visited, Web pages, advertisements seen, electronic commerce, streaming).
Bandwidth usage monitor
With NetMeter (beta2) /602Kb/ never have problem, but exist 3 application named NetMeter - be careful with others...
The site needs to distinguish between the spyware program netmeter.exe and the harmless bandwidth meter of the same name.
  RevSyd   (further information)
NetMeter freeware from Readerror is not flagged as dangerous by A-Squared. This one does not runs at startup unless asked to.
Yes it's just freeware that gives network usage visualisation. no worries
  Peter Strous UK   (further information)
Allows you to view how much bandwidth you are using. Nothing malicious about this program.
  Andy Cobian  
Eddy, please don't put perfectly harmless software down. THIS netmeter doesn't get automatically downloaded nor installed. My firewall confirms that it isn't connected on any port.
I have a 10gig monthly limit...NetMeter helps me keep within this . no problems
Have used Oliver Winterholler's, readerror, NetMeter for years. Love it! Very safe! Apparently, 2 other progs, by same name, are not ...
  SemajS   (further information)
Great little program, just about essential for knowing how much internet you use (if you have a cap - and you usually do even if you don't know it), and the real time graph shows you when other programs are accessing the internet - so it actually helps you identify spyware. The authentic program is from Oliver Winterholler in Germany. It is a real shame there are actual viruses of the same name ; I just had to reaquire the program after Immunet misidentified and erased it (big strike against Immunet). The authentic program is not hidden on your system.
  Lex Valentine  
Simple bandwidth monitor. Very handy when you have a monthly dl/ul limit set by your internet provider. Sits quietly in the system tray without affecting your browsing or gameplay. I find it very useful
  Carl Harstad  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of NetMeter.exe: based on 18 votes with 15 user comments. 9 users think NetMeter.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think NetMeter.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving NetMeter issues

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