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What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,495
United States Rank #4,046
Reach 0.1175%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 34.61 days
1020.88 days >
Average installed length: 536.40 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 and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). 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 56 files and is usually about 31.58 MB (33,114,027 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.akamai.com/html/solutions/client_faq.html
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 31.58 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Akamai NetSession Interface

Program executable:netsession_win.exe
Name:Akamai NetSession Client
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
  • ControlPanel_Installer.exe
  • installer_uploader.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ControlPanel.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ScarletBlade' (runs daily at 23:30).
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.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • netsession_win.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Akamai NetSession Interface' which loads 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\Administrator\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\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).
  • netsession_win.exe connects to (port 443).
  • netsession_win.exe connects to a96-6-40-21.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0005130957%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00030302%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00021008%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:3,004,173
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:2.45 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:254 Bytes
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) 68%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.96%
Windows Vista 11.97%
Windows XP 9.16%
Windows 10 5.87%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.34%
Windows 7 Professional 11.60%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.43%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.00%
Windows 10 Home 1.87%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.26% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.26%
  Germany 9.20%
  France 4.62%
  Canada 3.55%
  Italy 3.24%
  United Kingdom 3.10%
  Brazil 2.21%
  Spain 1.72%
  Netherlands 1.34%
  Australia 1.24%
  Belgium 1.03%
  Mexico 0.97%
  Sweden 0.86%
  Israel 0.79%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.80%
Dell 25.55%
Acer 15.83%
ASUS 7.13%
Toshiba 6.90%
Intel 2.35%
American Megatrends 1.41%
Samsung 1.33%
Lenovo 1.25%
Gateway 0.63%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 8.24%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.10%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.33%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.55%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.16%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 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


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