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Should I remove Akamai NetSession Interface?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #134
United States Rank #150
Reach 3.5112%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.78 days
465.54 days >
Average installed length: 244.61 days

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Akamai NetSession Interface

What is Akamai NetSession Interface?

Akamai NetSession Interface downloads or streams content to you only after you have requested it from your software or media publishers. Some content providers may provide you the ability to sign-up for background-delivered content. When you download or stream, your Akamai NetSession Interface needs to communicate with the download or streaming source to request more data or to let the source know that the data was received successfully. Akamai NetSession Interface is a shared network library that may be used by multiple applications

About  (from Akamai Technologies, Inc)

The Akamai NetSession Interface is a secure application that may be installed on your computer to improve the speed, reliability, and efficiency for downloads and streams from the Internet. It is used by many software and media publishers to deliver files or streams to you. If the software or media publisher uses the ...  Read more


Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is netsession_win.exe. The software installer includes 21 files and is usually about 35.34 MB (37,053,149 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.akamai.com/html/solutions/client_faq.html
Installation folder: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Akamai
Uninstaller: "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Akamai\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 35.34 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Akamai NetSession Interface

Program executable:netsession_win.exe
Name:Akamai NetSession Client
Signed by:Akamai Technologies
Akamai NetSession Client is part of the Akamai Download Manager, a computer program dedicated to the task of downloading (and sometimes uploading) possibly unrelated stand-alone files from (and sometimes to) the Internet for storage....
Additional files:
  • admintool.exe - Akamai NetSession Client (Akamai NetSession Client Administration Tool)
  • ControlPanel.exe - Akamai NetSession Client Control Panel
  • installer_no_upload_silent.exe - Akamai NetSession Client Installer
  • netsession_installer.exe
  • rswinui.exe - Akamai NetSession Client User Interface
  • uninstall.exe - Akamai NetSession Client Uninstaller

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • netsession_win.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Akamai NetSession Interface' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai\netsession_win.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • netsession_win.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Akamai\netsession_win.exe'.
Network connections
  • netsession_win.exe connects to (port 443).
  • netsession_win.exe connects to (port 443).
  • netsession_win.exe connects to (port 443).
  • netsession_win.exe connects to (port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.87 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0056559910%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00177128%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00388471%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,579,407
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:10.22 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:3.28 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Akamai NetSession Interface?

You can uninstall Akamai NetSession Interface from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Akamai NetSession Interface, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Akamai NetSession Interface.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 10 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.22%
Windows 10 36.03%
Windows Vista 3.53%
Windows XP 3.19%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.80%
Windows 7 Professional 12.15%
Windows 8.1 9.51%
Windows 10 Home 8.48%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.25%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.69% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.69%
  Germany 4.82%
  Italy 4.30%
  United Kingdom 3.85%
  France 3.48%
  Canada 3.47%
  Brazil 2.92%
  Netherlands 1.97%
  Australia 1.66%
  Spain 1.31%
  Belgium 1.12%
  Sweden 1.10%
  Mexico 1.03%
  Turkey 0.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 24.69%
Hewlett-Packard 21.33%
ASUS 19.42%
Acer 13.39%
Toshiba 5.19%
Lenovo 4.50%
Samsung 3.37%
Alienware 1.36%
Intel 1.22%
MSI 0.94%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.22%
ASUS All Series 6.10%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.03%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.93%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.68%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.96%

About Akamai Technologies, Inc

Akamai is an Internet content delivery network and is one of the largest distributed-computing platforms.
Publisher URL: www.akamai.com

comments2 comments

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Dadelusover a year ago
I found it and how to uninstall it. Installed with Lenovo. It is a download manager. Here are the pages you will find on its site http://www.akamai.com/html/solutions/client_faq.html
user comment
anonover a year ago
Uses a significant amount of bandwidth whenever your computer is on to upload to other users. Remove it immediately after finishing the download you used it for.