Windows Net Proxy Auto Service (WinNetSvc.exe) – How to Remove It
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Windows Net Proxy Auto Service (WinNetSvc.exe) – How to Remove It

This article is created in order to help explain what is the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service PUP and hence prevent it from displaying advertisements or collect information on the computers it has been installed on.

The Windows Net Proxy Auto Service, also known as WinNetSvc Is a Windows service which is activated as a result of having adware on your computer and having it is a clear sign of that. One possible use case of this software is to change network settings on the computers it has been installed on in order to allow the free displaying of different types of advertisements on the computers that have been affected. In addition to this, the ad-supported software may also collect different types of information from the victim’s computer. This information may include multiple different types of data, which may even include personal details on the affected computer.

Threat Summary

NameWindows Net Proxy Auto Service
TypeAdware/PUP
Short DescriptionAims to display multiple different advertisements on the computers it has been installed on.
SymptomsYour computer may begin to perform slow and start to display advertisements on the computers of the users.
Distribution MethodBundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Windows Net Proxy Auto Service – Distribution

The main method by which the unwanted software that installs the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service on the computers of victims has been reported to be via methods, like software bundling which includes the combination of different types of programs, whose purpose in general is to be free and help users. Such freeware are often your favorite media player or any other seemingly useful program of this type. Such software is often provided for free by software download sites or torrent sites and in the name of profit, the providers often bundle the installers by including programs, like the unwanted program which installs the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service onto the victims’ computers.

Windows Net Proxy Auto Service – Analysis

The Windows Net Proxy Auto Service adware aims to act as if it is a legitimate proxy service and is added to Windows Services. At first glance, it looks like a system service:

However, when we take a look at it from another perspective, the program may be able to perform multiple different activities on the users computers, that are related with displaying different types of advertisements on the computers of users, such as:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Online browser redirects.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Highlighted text ads.

These advertisements in general aim to generate money for the cyber-criminals by driving hoax traffic to small sites or sites of the same people who are behind this suspicious Windows Service. However, often this is not the case, since the ads may also lead users to various websites that are malicious or scamming. In fact the dangers, that may await you in the corner if you become redirected to such third-party sites may be various:

  • Scamming sites that may claim there is a problem with your PC.
  • Malicious sites that may infect your computer with malware.
  • Websites that aim to perform different types of activities, like fake surveys which may collect personal information from your.
  • Sites that may pretend to be Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media sites to gather usernames and passwords from you.

These and the possibility that this software may extract different information from your computer via tampering with your network settings are the main reasons to consider removing this unwanted software from your computer.

Remove Windows Net Proxy Auto Service Fully

In order to make sure to delete this program from your computer, you will first need to disable it as an active service. This can happen if you perform the following steps:

1.On your keyboard, press Windows Button + R.
2.In the Run Window type “services.msc” after which click on OK.
3.Locate the Windows Net Service or Windows Net Proxy Auto Service.
4.Right-click it and then click on Properties. From there you can stop it and set it’s startup type to Disable so that it cannot switch on again.

If there is no such service, simply leave it and proceed by deleting WinNetSvc.exe.

To delete WinNetSvc.exe, you should do so by going to the following directory:

→ %Roaming%\WinNetSvc\WinNetSvc.exe

After you see the .exe file, it is strongly reccomended that you delete it immediately. If it is running, you should end it as an active task in Windows Task Manager.

After removing the source of the advertisements that ay be appearing on your computer, it is now time to secure your computer. You can do that by following the manual or automatic removal instructions below. If you do not know how to manually detect any adware applications or malware, be advised that researchers often advise to automatically remove any unwanted and intrusive software with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software. Such program aims to help you to remove the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service and other unwanted programs fully and will secure your computer against any future infections that might occur as well.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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