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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


In this article we want to inform you about an elusive application that seems to appear on computers out of nowhere. This application is called NetSpeed, and it looks like a program whose purpose is to optimize Internet connection packets. However, we have serious doubts about this program and in our opinion, this application is not useful and probably does not work. Therefore, we have classified it as a potentially unwanted application that you might want to remove as soon as the opportunity arises.

There is very little information about this program, especially its origins which makes it all the more unreliable. We do not know who made this application, and our research has revealed that it does not have a dedicated website that could be used for promoting and distributing it. It seems that this program is disseminated using bundled installers that feature additional software in addition to the main application. Depending on the nature of the installer, NetSpeed can either be hidden and set to install automatically be default or it might give you the opportunity to deselect its installation. These kinds of installers are featured on various shady freeware hosting websites, so be sure to avoid such sites. If you know for a fact that you got NetSpeed from a particular site, then please leave a comment below providing the address of this site.

Determining NetSpeed purpose is rather difficult. It does not appear to be malicious, but it does not do anything useful either. At first glance, it looks as if this application’s primary function is to optimize Internet connection packets, but we think that this program does not do that. It seems that this program’s counter is set to run random numbers, giving the impression that it performs an important task in the background and prevents the connection from losing packets. Furthermore, you can select and probably optimize the packets for different tasks that include online browsing, streaming, and gaming. However, these options are probably just for show.

Another reason why we have classified NetSpeed as a potentially unwanted program is that it does not have a legitimate installer or uninstaller. It appears that the bundle simply drops its files to either %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\NetSpeed or %PROGRAMFILES%\NetSpeed, depending on the architecture of your version of Windows. We have found that it is set to drop a total of seven files that inlcude msvcp100.dll, msvcr100.dll, NetSpeed.exe, NetSpeed.exe.config, NetSpeedUpdater.exe, unins000.dat, and unins000.exe. It does not create any registry keys, and the only way you can get rid of this application is deleting these files manually or with the help of an antimalware tool.

We have yet to discover this app’s true purpose. Testing has shown that it does not connect to any servers. However, we suspect that it might be used for promotional and advertising purposes in the future. It is also possible that this program has been abandoned by its developers and will remain dead for good. Regardless of the fact that it is not malicious, we recommend that you delete its files because this program is nothing but junk. Its frequently appearing interface on the lower-right of the screen may prove irritating over time.

We hope that you found this short description useful. As you can see, NetSpeed comes from an unknown developer and is distributed via shady methods. It does not perform a useful function, and the one it does perform is useless. We think that you will agree that a fake packet optimization counter is useless. So we suggest that you remove this application using the guide we have provided below.

Uninstall NetSpeed

  1. Hold down Window+R keys.
  2. Type %PROGRAMFILES%\NetSpeed or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\NetSpeed and click OK.
  3. Locate the following files.
    • msvcp100.dll
    • msvcr100.dll
    • NetSpeed.exe
    • NetSpeed.exe.config
    • NetSpeedUpdater.exe
    • unins000.dat
    • unins000.exe
  4. Right-click them and click Delete.
  5. Empty the Recycle Bin.
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