What is netsession_win.exe?

The genuine netsession_win.exe file is a software component of Akamai NetSession Client by Akamai Technologies.
Netsession_win.exe is an executable file that launches the Akamai NetSession Interface, a utility tool that offers faster and more reliable downloads. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Akamai NetSession Interface works as an extension to Akamai's global server network that helps speed up user downloads by connecting the user to the closest server in physical proximity. The program features negligible impact on memory, CPU capacity or disk space. Akamai Technologies, Inc. is an American company that develops solutions in cloud services. The company offers its services to clients and companies looking for faster websites by distributing content from locations close to the user. Akamai Technologies currently owns numerous servers around the world and rents capacity on these servers to customers. Akamai was founded in 1998 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

netsession_win stands for Akamai NetSession Interface for Windows Launcher

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 netsession_win.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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Netsession_win.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with netsession_win
Netsession_win.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Akamai NetSession Client belongs to software Akamai NetSession Client or Akamai NetSession Interface or Fallout Collection or Phoenix R/C by Akamai Technologies ( or Akamai NetSession Client, Akamai Technologies (

Description: Netsession_win.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Netsession_win.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,489,472 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 4,673,432 bytes and 15 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. Netsession_win.exe is digitally signed. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). Netsession_win.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with netsession_win.exe, you can also go to the support area of the Akamai website or uninstall Akamai NetSession Interface or Akamai NetSession Client from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify netsession_win.exe related errors

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

The Akamai NetSession Interface is secure client-side networking technology that enhances networking protocols for delivery of software and media, improving the speed, reliability, and efficiency of content downloaded from the Web.
  meetoo   (further information)
An Akamai program installed by Dell to help download some files; it can usually be removed through the control panel, 'Add/Remove Software.' It appears to like to run though not really needed for anything.
This came from Dell's driver update tool that scans for current drivers.
It is a P2P software that constantly uploads and downloads content for various companies. No disclamers or installers refer to it in its installation, the website is really sketchy about its uses and functions, and it installed on a day my computer was offline.
  Spoon   (further information)
Seems to be part of 'Need for Speed World'
It installs cloaked in order to prevent the user from removing it and then it starts sharing files to other users from your computer. It's simply a threat which hides in plain sight, being one of the most dangerous because of this.
A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players. If you install software to play free online, then netsession_win.exe might be installed with the package. Like Lord of the Rings online or dungeons and dragons online those type of games free to play online, and or Akamai NetSession Client, happy cloud, etc.
  J. Franzmeier  

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Summary: Average user rating of netsession_win.exe: based on 11 votes with 7 user comments. 3 users think netsession_win.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks netsession_win.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving netsession_win issues

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