What is ZeteraService.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 ZeteraService.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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ZeteraService.exe file information

The process known as ZNS MicroSAN Service belongs to software NETGEAR (version SC101 Storage Central, SC101 Storage Central Manager) or ZNS MicroSAN Service by Zetera (

Description: ZeteraService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ZeteraService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (92% of all occurrences) or 61,521 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with ZeteraService.exe, you can also do the following:

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

Part of the Netgear SC101 Driver (Network Attached Storage Server) Software
  Tim Zeiger  
Used by Netgear for access to the SC101 NAS. Necessary
Netgear Service Control Manager for Remote Storage Device
  Jason Pascoe   (further information)
Associated with Netgear SC101 storage device
  Robert Rodak  
Part of the Netgear SC101 Driver
till för extern hdd
Netgear SC101 Driver
  Hendrik Granna   (further information)
Distributed with the NetGear SC101 SAN Storage product
    (further information)
used with netgear sc101 for access to the backup storage
  bob h   (further information)
For SC101. Most software aspects of this device are of poor quality.
  Douglas Hopkins  
its important if using with device like netgear SC101
It's part of the drivers for Netgear SC101 NAS
  Jeff Penver   (further information)
Necessary for Netgear SC101 - Do not delete
Crappy port checking application (uses 90% CPU)
  Mick Trapman   (further information)
Driver for Netgear SC101 Storage Central and normally located in a NETGEAR folder.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ZeteraService.exe: based on 23 votes with 15 user comments. 15 users think ZeteraService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ZeteraService issues

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