What is NvNetworkService.exe?

The genuine NvNetworkService.exe file is a software component of NVIDIA Network Service by NVIDIA.
The network service for the GeForce Experience software, this application runs in the background and tracks updates for the GeForce graphics card. Any software or driver updates are read by the service and installed automatically. This application is known to take up large amounts of system resources and is not necessary to use GeForce hardware. Based in Santa Clara, California, Nvidia is a producer of graphics hardware and software.

NVNetworkService stands for NVIDIA Network 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 NvNetworkService.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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NvNetworkService.exe file information

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

The process known as NVIDIA Network Service belongs to software NVIDIA Network Service or NVIDIA Drivers or NVIDIA Display Control Panel by NVIDIA (

Description: NvNetworkService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. NvNetworkService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,879,488 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 1,881,144 bytes and 25 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The NvNetworkService.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The NvNetworkService.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. NvNetworkService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with NvNetworkService.exe, you can contact Customer Service, find out if there is a newer version available or uninstall NVIDIA nTune or NVIDIA Drivers from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

Sometimes a play a game called Dofus. One time i got in the game and someone send me a message, he wanted me to download a photo (.jpg file), then I did it, but it was a .exe file. I scanned it with McAfee and it was OK, so i've launched it and NVNetworkService poped up in my windows task manager processes and I found out that it was a malware and he just wanted to steal my acocunt in the game. So for me, NVNetworkService is used to hide malware, trojans or viruses. Be aware.
For nVidia GeForce Experience, this one needs to stay active, otherwise it crashes the program. So leave it alone if you want to keep using the program.
Sometimes NvNetworkService.exe gets stuck in an infinite download loop and it will eat up all of your bandwith, making your internet connection extremely slow for other programs. Also has potential to fill up your data caps - if you have any.

Summary: Average user rating of NvNetworkService.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks NvNetworkService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks NvNetworkService.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving NvNetworkService issues

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