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netsession_win.exe Uninstall

Posted in : firewall, softaware, software, virus on by : TruXter

popped up on thousands of firewalls yesterday.
I am not sure but I assume it is all people who do not have a router with a built in fire wall.
found a post of how to uninstall netsession_win.exe

To remove it, this is the file path. Enter it into Search on the Start menu and there is an Uninstall.exe file in the folder.

C:usersUSERNAME HEREappdatalocalakamai

It prompts that the uninstall will possibly cause problems with downloads or streams and that you may be prompted to re-install at a later date.

Not sure what it will effect, but that is the method I found to uninstall netsession_win.exe.
So do it at your own risk

Many people saw that their firewall blocked it while playing video games. or doing something that is streaming. Could be part of Netflix so if your netflix goes down from this, Remember I said “at your own risk”. Some say it might be iTunes. Currently there is no confirmation as to where this comes from. As many people say they haven’t recently installed anything on their computer. Some suspect netsession_win.exe is an automatic update.

Others think that netsession_win.exe is a virus or malware. Some weirdo said something about a conspiracy.
I have uninstalled it and I am running fine. Haven’t found any programs unable to function just yet. but I am on a computer at the office. So…. Can’t really do much. I don’t have any media streaming software nor do I have any games installed.
Here is the site claiming responsibility of the netsession win.exe
Check with akamai site and see if the software is being used by someone who knows it’s exploits, and see if you have anything on their list, that might be installed on your computer. I suggest you read it carefully.


Here is a Quote from the akamai site:


The Akamai NetSession Interface DOES:

  • provide client networking technology to enable applications to enhance their video and file download capabilities.
  • enable secure, closed peer-to-peer networking so that websites can deliver files to their users economically and with faster downloads.
  • provide in-depth information about what the Akamai NetSession Interface does and how it works.
  • provide simple ways for the user to turn the netsession interface off
  • provide a simple uninstall process
  • provide an AdminTool for the user to see utilization system resources and client activity


  • monitor your browsing or other Internet activity
  • pop-up ads
  • interrupt your web viewing experience with prompts or other annoying software tactics
  • interfere with other applications on your machine
  • hide itself on your system
  • take over your computer, nor monopolize your computer’s resources

Is there any way to see the Akamai NetSession Interface’s networking activity and other settings?
The Akamai NetSession Interface has an advanced settings interface. Most users can access the administrative tool in C:Program FilesCommon FilesAkamaiAdminTool.exe

  • Launch AdminTool from the command line
  • AdminTool supports information about cached files, network activity, and other applications utilizing the client library
  • AdminTool also provides ability to uninstall and turn the client off

11 thoughts on netsession_win.exe Uninstall

  • Cindy 2011/11/04

    Thanks for the info! I was wondering where this came from. I uninstalled it! Thanks alot :)

  • Kyle 2011/11/05

    There has been a recent plague around the internet with a known malware bundle, a Fake System Restore (fakesysdef) program that runs a rootkit compliment (sirefef and Alureon). This bundle uses an exploit in Akamai to download its files onto your computer when you visit a compromised website. Akamai is commonly installed as part of Adobe Flash as a background operation, and possibly Java as well, although I am uncertain of this, so your computer does not immediately recognize that there are suspicious files being downloaded.

    Individuals who have begun to notice suspicious usage of netsession_win.exe should be aware that they may have malicious rootkits installed on their computer, and should take appropriate action in quarantining and deleting these files.

    Stay safe, and try to limit your visits to the more shady parts of the internet during these coming weeks.

  • TruXter 2011/11/05

    Do you have any references for these claims ?
    As much information as possible would be helpful.

    The Fake System restore Virus that kyle is talking about .
    But I have no idea how they are associated. I would like to see the connection between the two. and to know what operating systems this is most effected on.

  • TruXter 2011/11/05

    You are welcome Cindy, Just trying to help.
    If I get puzzled and find a solution, I share.
    It’s a weird hobby,…. I know.

    I can’t believe that no one is sharing this.

  • jokk 2011/11/06

    My router got built in firewall but still get it and what i heard from others is that it is to prevent downloading and all that but duno:P sry my bad eng^^

  • Anonymous 2011/11/09

    I ran the uninstaller. I turned my computer off and turned it back on later. ‘netsession_win.exe’ reappeared in Windows task manager. What is happening?

  • TruXter 2011/11/09

    Net session is a software that comes with other software. It’s not really useful on it’s own. so there is chance that you have installed more than one thing that uses a netsession installer.
    You need to locate it and consider if it is necessary to uninstall or or not.
    For the most part, netsession is like a download accelerator, to make your downloads move faster, like when you watch a video and you see that message “buffering”, what ever program that uses netsession, is supposed to reduce that message. online video games, streaming video, streaming audio. So check your video players, check your toolbars with online radio in them. If you have nothing installed that streams content to you, then locate that file and decide whether to uninstall it or not. I myself would uninstall all unnecessary software that uses my bandwidth or computer resources.

  • Serenity 2011/11/15

    I have NEVER used iTunes, so it is not that. I use only the mail version of Netflix, though once or twice I tried the streaming, but my download was not fast enough for it.

  • Chris C 2011/11/25

    I’ve got two copies running …. ‘netsession_win.exe’, also got the FW alerts for over a week now. Finally let them run …. Now I’m beginning to wonder if that was a mistake. Got an Alert to day asking to allow a connection from an external computer via a supposedly “safe file’.

    How can I clean this mess up?

  • TruXter 2011/11/25

    Try the instructions you just replied to?

  • one_worm 2012/01/21

    Ok this is not from iTunes. This net_sessionwin.exe
    How do I know?
    I’m from Poland we aren’t in group of iStore so we cannot buy anything and yet I have this… And three times 0,0

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