What is netsvc.exe?

The genuine netsvc.exe file is a software component of Intel Network Configuration Services by Intel.
A network configuration utility, this application starts with Windows and runs in the background. It allows you to make adjustments to your network settings, both for wireless and wired networks. While not required for network functionality, it gives you increased control over your network than with the standard Windows network options. Founded in 1986, Intel is best known for inventing the x86 microprocessor. Today they continue to focus on microprocessors and integrated circuit technology and have a large library of products available for home PCs, both hardware and software.

NetSvc stands for Network Configuration Service

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 netsvc.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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Netsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with netsvc
Netsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NetSvc Module or UtilTool Net Filter Service belongs to software Intel® Network Configuration Services or digital-defender Antivirus by Intel® ( or UtilTool.

Description: Netsvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Netsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 143,360 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 3,614,072 bytes or 147,456 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Netsvc.exe is not a Windows core file. Netsvc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with netsvc.exe, you can visit the website or uninstall digital-defender Antivirus software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as netsvc.exe. Therefore, you should check the netsvc.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

X10 Device Network Service
If in the C:\Program Files\Intel\PROSetWired\NCS\Sync folder is safe
  John R   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of netsvc.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think netsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think netsvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving netsvc issues

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