What is Z-SANService.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 Z-SANService.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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Z-SANService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Z-SANService
Z-SANService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Z-SAN Storage Service belongs to software NETGEAR Storage Central or Z-SAN Storage Service by Zetera (

Description: Z-SANService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Z-SANService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 376,891 bytes (82% of all occurrences), 352,391 bytes or 364,603 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Z-SANService.exe is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with Z-SANService.exe, you could search for help on the company's website or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramNETGEAR Storage Central Manager Utility or NETGEAR Storage Central.

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

this is a file needed to run for netgear network drives
Used with the Netgear SC1010 Netowrk Storage Device
  Nick Corwin   (further information)
Used by Netgear SC101 Network Storage box
  Mark Liddle  
Part of the Z-SAN software suite used by Netgear for their Z-SAN networked harddrive
NETGEAR Storage Central software for Network Storage Device SC101
  pgnola   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Z-SANService.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 6 users think Z-SANService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving Z-SANService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Z-SANService. 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 Z-SANService.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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