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What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #892
United States Rank #2,028
Reach 0.7687%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.20 days
389.32 days >
Average installed length: 204.56 days


VersionDistribution 4.59% 0.19% 0.01% 0.67% 7.08% 0.01% 1.03% 2.79% 0.23% 1.02% 7.48% 4.29% 2.83% 2.32% 0.18% 1.30% 16.52% 4.01% 15.94% 13.60% 1.82% 0.37% 0.07% 3.84% 0.17% 0.11% 0.01% 0.01% 0.12% 2.69% 0.98% 0.01% 0.04% 0.01% 1.19% 0.15% 0.02% 0.03% 0.03% 0.02% 0.17% 0.13% 0.59% 0.02% 0.13% 0.05% 0.20% 0.02% 0.12% 0.01% 0.04%
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VAIO Smart Network

What is VAIO Smart Network?

This utility installs the originally shipped version of the VAIO® Smart Network Utility.


VAIO Smart Network is a software program developed by Sony. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 programs's main executable is vsnclient.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 6.01 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 41 files and is usually about 14.87 MB (15,597,385 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 22% of users of VAIO Smart Network come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.
Some users and experts alike have reported that this program is considered bloatware or bundleware. Such software is optional and can be safely removed if you do not utilize the features of the progam.
Sony has been criticized for loading its VAIO laptops with bloatware, or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes. Sony also offers a Fresh start option in some countries which allows a new computer to be shipped only with a basic Windows operating system and very little trial software pre-installed.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Sony PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.vaio-link.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Smart Network
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{0899D75A-C2FC-42EA-A702-5B9A5F24EAD5}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 14.87 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO Smart Network

Program executable:vsnclient.exe
VAIO Smart Network
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\vaio smart network\vsnclient.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • ReadGPSData.dll - ReadGPSData Dynamic Link Library
  • ReadGPSData64.dll
  • OpenDevice.dll - OpenDevice Dynamic Link Library
  • OpenDevice64.dll
  • SendMEID.dll - VAIO Smart Network (VAIO Smart Network DLL)
  • VSNService.exe - VAIO Smart Network Service
  • ShareNetwork.exe - Share Network
  • MEIDParse.dll - MEIDParse
  • QCWWAN2k.dll (by QUALCOMM) - QCWWANCMAPI2k (QUALCOMM Wireless WAN Connection Manager API for Gobi 2000)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • VSNClient.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{91AF5B98-9380-4142-A336-C5879262005E}' (runs on registration).
  • VSNService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EE29ABF2-666C-4003-8E99-4C4371F2253B}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • VSNClient.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VSN Logon Start.
  • VSNService.exe runs as a service named 'VSNService' (VSNService).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.01 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0028819793%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00206726%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00081472%
0.015104% average
Memory:3.06 MB
Total CPU:0.0014983766%
Kernel CPU:0.00113862%
User CPU:0.00035975%

How do I remove VAIO Smart Network?

You can uninstall VAIO Smart Network 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 VAIO Smart Network, 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 VAIO Smart Network.

Win 7 (SP1) 78%
Win 8.1 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 86.05%
Windows 10 10.95%
Windows Vista 2.87%
Windows XP 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 63.83%
Windows 7 Professional 9.86%
Windows 10 Home 7.24%
Windows 7 Home Basic 6.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.64%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

22.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 22.46%
  United Kingdom 10.00%
  Germany 9.14%
  Italy 6.00%
  France 4.84%
  India 4.13%
  Brazil 3.16%
  Japan 2.58%
  Spain 2.44%
  Netherlands 2.11%
  Belgium 1.96%
  Canada 1.95%
  Iran 1.71%
  Australia 1.48%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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