Most antivirus programs identify netsvcs.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as Worm.Win32.Agent.i or Trojan.Win32.Jorik.Lethic.bn, and F-Secure identifies it as Trojan.Generic.6615913.
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The process netsvcs.exe contains no information about its author.
Description: Netsvcs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Netsvcs.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 71,168 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 242,688 bytes or 74,752 bytes.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The netsvcs.exe file is not a Windows core file. Netsvcs.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If netsvcs.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 156,160 bytes. There is no description of the program. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, MACHINE\Run). The netsvcs.exe file is not a Windows core file. Netsvcs.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
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Important: You should check the netsvcs.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with netsvcs. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the netsvcs.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.