What is swnetsup.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 swnetsup.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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Swnetsup.exe file information

The process known as Sophos Anti-Virus network support service belongs to software Sophos Anti-Virus version or Sophos Anti-Virus or Sophos Anti-Virus network support service or Sophos Anti-Virus Network by Sophos Plc (

Description: Swnetsup.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file swnetsup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 159,744 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The swnetsup.exe file is not a Windows core file. Swnetsup.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus version 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 swnetsup.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the swnetsup.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

Sophos network update file
  Chris Ross   (further information)
Dies ist die Automatische Updatedatei von Sophos AntiVir sie existiert nur, wenn man in einem Netzwerk einen Server für die Updates zuständig macht.
  Sven   (further information)
you will have it if you have sophos antivirus
This is part of Sophos anti-virus software.
  Moodle noodle   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of swnetsup.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think swnetsup.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving swnetsup issues

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