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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


NetMeterX is identified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is likely to reach your operating system using a software bundle. This bundle might carry both harmless and malicious programs, which is why caution is required. If you have executed the installer already, the first thing you must do is inspect your operating system. Without a doubt, a legitimate malware scanner will warn you about the necessary removal of NetMeterX, but you might also learn that you need to delete other threats. Can you identify them yourself, without the help of a malware scanner? You definitely might succeed at that, but, considering that some threats can be clandestine and use disguises, we do not recommend it. In the best case scenario, of course, you will find that you do not need to worry about anything else, and you can focus solely on the potentially unwanted program. It is notable that some malware researchers classify it as adware (advertising-supported software), but our team did not see any ads being delivered by the program, and it did not connect to remote adware servers. Due to this, we eliminate it as PUP.

The suspicious NetMeterX is signed by STAFF4IMAGING LTD, but it is hard to say who exactly created this PUP, which is why it is currently impossible to hold anyone accountable. The program does not have an official website either, and there is no official representation at all. That means that we do not have access to any legal information (e.g., privacy policies or terms of use) either. While most users ignore legal information and simply skip it, it is extremely important, and reviewing it is crucial. If this information does not exist, it is a terrible sign because it indicates that the creator either does not want you to know something or they do not care about their users at all. In both cases, you cannot guarantee that it is safe to trust NetMeterX. For all you know, it could employ data trackers capable of monitoring your activity and leaking personal information to parties who cannot be trusted. The unknown is, without a doubt, intimidating, and since you cannot really predict how the potentially unwanted program would work on your operating system, we strongly suggest removing it ASAP.

Of course, to reassure users that NetMeterX is trustworthy, the creator has given it some functionality. Once installed, it can help monitor downloaded/uploaded data. The application shows “Daily Statistics” and “Processes.” Of course, we cannot guarantee that this information cannot be shared with unknown parties either. The PUP is set to auto-start with the operating system, and so it runs in the background at all times unless you terminate the process or remove the PUP. Although we did not see NetMeterX displaying any ads or pop-ups, if you are introduced to anything, think twice before you interact with them. One possibility is that you would be introduced to a pop-up asking to donate money to the developer of the free software. The donations are accepted at the 13WSwwyk1JUHiged8BTQ1UK7xfrjW36Bre Bitcoin Wallet in the form of Bitcoin, a virtual crypto-currency. Unfortunately, tracking down the developer via this wallet is not possible. At the time of research, 2 transactions had been made, and the wallet contained 0.055 BTC (~223 USD).

Although you might find NetMeterX useful, you have to agree that this program is very suspicious. We also want to remind you that it is also unpredictable, and that could be dangerous. The good news is that you can uninstall the PUP without having to deal with any leftovers. Another option is to delete NetMeterX components one by one using the instructions available below. We are sure that more experienced users will be intrigued by the guide. The third option we can suggest is using anti-malware software. It is created to protect the operating system against malicious threats, and if any of them exist on your computer, the software can remove it automatically. While that can be very helpful – especially if you need to delete more than just one PUP – the primary task for such software is to protect you. This is why we strongly encourage all users to install trusted anti-malware software right away.

NetMeterX Removal

  1. Launch Registry Editor by entering regedit.exe into the RUN dialog box (tap Win+R to launch RUN).
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\.
  3. Delete the key named {CBDE2863-F1B7-403e-8620-D1BD55EE958E}.
  4. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.
  5. Delete the key named nfstat.
  6. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\nfstat and repeat step 5.
  7. Exit Registry Editor and then launch Windows Explorer by tapping Win+E.
  8. Enter %PROGRAMFILES% into the field at the top to access the directory.
  9. Delete the folder named NetMeterX. Then Delete this folder in these directories:
    • %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
  10. Enter %WINDIR% into the Explorer.
  11. Delete the file named nfstat.sys.
  12. Exit Explorer and then Empty Recycle Bin.
  13. Install a trusted malware scanner to inspect your system and determine if it is clean.
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