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What is netsession_win.exe?

Part of Akamai NetSession Client by Akamai Technologies

What is it?

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. Download Manager ActiveX Control runs in the context of Internet Explorer as a browser extension.
Description of netsession_win.exe from Akamai Technologies
Akamai Download Manager is an intelligent, resilient platform for delivering software and media downloads over the global Akamai platform. As part of an overall Akamai solution, Download Manager can accelerate downloads up to ten-fold, while providing advanced control and error handling to improve download completion rates. Download Manager works at the edge of the Internet. It's powered by the scale and depth of Akamai's global server platform, working with Akamai's NetSession Interface client software residing on end-user machines and devices. NetSession Interface is designed to be a low-impact, low-demand client, with minimal impact on client CPU, disk, and RAM resources.
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How does netsession_win.exe run?

Process - netsession_win.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. netsession_win.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does netsession_win.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - netsession_win.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Akamai NetSession Interface' and the execution command '"C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai\netsession_win.exe"' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the netsession_win.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of netsession_win.exe users, 14.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is netsession_win.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00023% CPU2254.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          6.28 MB RAM29.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         9 GDI objects6.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
          18 context switches/sec18.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\users\user\appdata\local\akamai\netsession_win.exe

Are there other versions of Akamai NetSession Client?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Akamai NetSession Client.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
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File details

File name: netsession_win.exe
Publisher: Akamai Technologies, Inc. (verified)
Name: Akamai NetSession Client
Description: Akamai NetSession Client
Version: 1.9.1.1
Size: 4.46 MB
Original file name: netsession_win.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: GlobalSign nv-sa

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0004295152%
Privileged CPU: 0.0002040816%
User CPU: 0.00022543366592%
Privileged CPU time: 143625373.07 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 8 ms
CPU cycle count: 667,803,758
CPU cycle count /min: 193,103,500
Context switches /sec: 18
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 96.77 MB
Peak committed memory: 100.4 MB
Paged memory: 6.28 MB
Peak paged memory: 6.65 MB
Paged system memory: 161.21 KB
Non-paged system memory: 19.41 KB
Working set memory: 10 MB
Peak working set memory: 12.41 MB
Min working set memory: 8.74 MB
Private memory: 6.28 MB
Page faults: 50,878
Page faults /min: 47
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 150
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 1.35 MB
Read transfer /min: 1.13 KB
Total write operations: 50
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 278.23 KB
Write transfer /min: 232 Bytes
Total other operations: 398,496
Other operations /min: 410
Total other transfer: 12.01 MB
Other Transfer /min: 13.76 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 9
Peak GDI objects: 11
USER objects: 4
Peak USER objects: 4
Resources
Handle count average: 233
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages
ntdll.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Processes
Child Process
Process Commands
"C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai\netsession_win.exe"
"C:/Users/Chanelle-Lize/AppData/Local/Akamai/netsession_win.exe" --client
"C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai\netsession_win.exe"
"C:/Users/Baki/AppData/Local/Akamai/netsession_win.exe" --client
"C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai\netsession_win.exe"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Akamai NetSession Interface
Command: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Akamai\netsession_win.exe"

Network connectivity

TCP: a96-6-40-23.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com on port 55292
UDP: LISTENING on port 62490
UDP: LISTENING on port 62699
TCP: localhost on port 9421
UDP: LISTENING on port 56495
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: cc78200c3ecffa178e78308a0e160d80
SHA-1: ce07c11c26b5e53057efa8406a7bd4df2f7d9805

PE image details

File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
gdi32.dll
iphlpapi.dll
kernel32.dll
ole32.dll
pdh.dll
psapi.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
userenv.dll
winhttp.dll
wininet.dll
ws2_32.dll
wtsapi32.dll
Export Table
ak_accepteula
ak_cleanattributes
ak_cleanfileattributes
ak_deletefile
ak_downloadfile
ak_errortostring
ak_filestatustostring
ak_getattributes
ak_getfileattributes
ak_getlasterror
ak_initialize
ak_install
ak_pausefile
ak_setfileattributeint
ak_uninitialize
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