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3% remove it97% keep it
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VersionDistribution 78.00% 22.00%

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Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller

What is Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller?

The SmartNet Controller is used by the network controller to provide network connectivity and functionality.


Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller is a program developed by Qualcomm Atheros. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is asav.exe. The software installer includes 3 files and is usually about 2.08 MB (2,178,984 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 45% of users of Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Spain.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.qca.qualcomm.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\QCA SmartNet
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{2BE418FB-C984-409E-9322-D44E8F394106}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 2.08 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller

Program executable:asav.exe
Name:QUALCOMM ATHEROS SmartNet Controller
Path:C:\Program Files\QCA SmartNet\asav.exe
Additional files:
  • AthrTS6_x64.sys
  • AthrTS6_x86.sys

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • asav.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F875CDD7-67A2-402C-9E03-807E4D7AE8BE}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller?

You can uninstall Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller 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 Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller, 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 Qualcomm Atheros SmartNet Controller.

Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win 7 9%
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.00%
Windows 10 36.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 20.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.00%
Windows 10 Pro 11.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.00%
Windows 8.1 4.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.38% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.38%
  Germany 5.88%
  Spain 5.04%
  Malaysia 5.04%
  France 3.36%
  United Kingdom 3.36%
  India 2.52%
  Poland 2.52%
  South Africa 2.52%
  Argentina 1.68%
  Egypt 1.68%
  Sweden 1.68%
  Thailand 1.68%
  Brazil 0.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 24.44%
Hewlett-Packard 17.78%
ASUS 13.33%
Sony 4.44%
Alienware 4.44%
Toshiba 2.22%
Samsung 2.22%
MSI 2.22%
Lenovo 2.22%
Dell 2.22%
Common models
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P 11.54%
Gigabyte H97N-WIFI 5.77%
Gigabyte H81M-S 3.85%
Gigabyte H81M-S2PH 3.85%
Wortmann_AG TERRA_PC 1.92%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D 1.92%

About Qualcomm Atheros

Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, most noteably wireless chipsets for the IEEE 802.
Publisher URL: www.atheros.com


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