What is netservices.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 netservices.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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Netservices.exe file information

The process known as Network Services appears to belong to software Microsoft Net Services by Microsoft (

Description: Netservices.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file netservices.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 441,856 bytes. 
Netservices.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Netservices.exe is not a Windows system file. Netservices.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous.

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If netservices.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 40,448 bytes. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. Netservices.exe is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to remove the entire program Windows Installer using Windows Control Panel.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name netservices.exe, for example W32.Spybot.Worm (detected by Symantec), and Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.daa (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the netservices.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.


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Best practices for resolving netservices issues

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