How to remove the netsvcs virus

Most antivirus programs identify netsvcs.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as, and McAfee identifies it as Artemis!18C0FBAD48DD.

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Netsvcs.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with netsvcs
Netsvcs.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process netsvcs.exe contains no information about its author.

Description: Netsvcs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Netsvcs.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 242,688 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The netsvcs.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify netsvcs.exe related errors

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Important: You should check the netsvcs.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

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
its a trojan of some kind. very dangerous. constantly downloads from uses BITS process of windows.
How disable it this "service". This is causing my system (WIN7 Ultimate x64) deadlock! :@
Though, svchost.exe (netsvcs) in resmon (resourcemonitoring) is windows update search. As soon as you kill the process there, windows update shows big red X, not being able to search for updates...
having killed that svchost -k netsvs the CPU-usage comes to normal ratings, but after half an hour it appears again. After having killed this process a second time I can not shut down my PC
Here are several problems and how they can be solved. In my situation was Windows Update responsible for 1.9 GB of memory usage. After the treatment, less than 200 MB of memory usage, which resulted in a significant speed improvement.
  Ludo Thijssen   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of netsvcs.exe: based on 15 votes with 6 user comments. 7 users think netsvcs.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think netsvcs.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade netsvcs.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving netsvcs issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active netsvcs process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the netsvcs.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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