What Is Akamai Netsession? Everything You Need To Know

If you use a Windows system, then you must have come across this name known as the Akamai Netsession. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can explore the programs that are installed on your computer, and you’ll see an Akamai Netsession interface program installed on your system.

But there are many questions related to Akamai that are revolving in the market right now.

Questions like: Is Akamai Netsession a malware? Is Akamai safe for my computer? And many of the Windows users don’t even know what exactly is this software about.

If you are one of them, then stick around with me because in the article I’ll answer all the possible questions that are related to Akamai Netsession. So let’s get started, fellas. 😀

What is Akamai Netsession?

The Akamai Netsession is an interface that runs in the background of your computer which helps you to improve the speed, reliability, and efficiency of anything you download from the web. It is used by big software and media companies to stream and delivers files online. Whenever you download PDF files, documents, and media streams, there are high chances that a company is using Akamai Netsession to provide you better download speeds.

Akamai Netsession Interface
Akamai Netsession Interface

Akamai Netsession Features:

  • Enables you to download content like pdf, documents, video, audio from the web fast.
  • Secure and supports SSL.
  • Runs in the background without disturbing the user experience.
  • Requires negligible amount of data to send are receive files.
  • Let’s now answer all the queries that you have related to Akamai Netsession.

Is Akamai Netsession Safe? Does it Harm My Computer?

No. Akamai Netsession is entirely safe to use on your Windows or Mac. Moreover, it doesn’t install any malware or virus on your system, and it doesn’t collect any information from the background. The only purpose of Akamai Netsession is to give you the best download speed for anything you download from the internet.

How Does Akamai Netsession Get Pre Installed on My Computer?

Akamai comes with the software bundles that you usually install from the web (third party software). It directly installs on your system when you click on “I Agree” without reading what exactly is going to be installed on your computer. Nevertheless, you don’t need to worry as it’s completely safe and doesn’t harm your computer and data at all.

Will it affect my Download Speed?

Netsession works in the background processes of your computer, and it takes a negligible amount of upload bandwidth when you are downloading content from the web. So in most of the cases, you won’t see any effect on your download speed.

However, in some cases it takes up more upload bandwidth and chances are it might end up consuming your download speed. In that case, you can disable uploads for Akamai Netsession. It won’t be start again until you allow it, but most of the services will prompt you to enable Netsession to download their content.

Shall I Keep or Remove Akamai Netsession?

So, you must be thinking that is it worth letting this tool installed on our computers. My answer to your question is, it’s not necessary as without it you’ll still be able to download all the content from the web. However, you’ll have a hard time in the download speeds but not a major difference. The best thing to do is disable it directly from MSConfig for next 1 week and see if you notice any changes in the system. If everything is alright, then you can remove it.

How does Akamai Netsession Client work?

Akamai receives the information from the third party software and sends them a signal that the connection is live between the software server and from the user’s end. For that, it requires an additional amount of data to upload. Once the connection is live, you’ll start downloading content from the web. In fact, begin a user you’ll never see this in action as all this takes place in the background.

Can I Uninstall Akamai Netsession?

Yes, you can uninstall the software. However, I’d recommend you not to uninstall it if you don’t feel. Because sooner or later you’ll have to download it again as a majority of the software will demand this tool to be preinstalled.

Still, if you have finally decided to uninstall it here are the steps to remove the software from your system:

Mac:

Step 1: Open Terminal

Step 2: Next, open the Akamai Netsession interface. Usually, its, ~/Applications/Akamai/.

Step 3: Type the command ./admintool uninstall -force

Step 4: Press Enter, within a fraction of seconds the tool will be uninstalled.

Windows:

Step 1: Open up Command Prompt from the start menu.

Step 2: Next, head over to the Netsession installation folder in the command prompt.

Step 3: Type in the command admintool.exe uninstall -force.

Step 4: Press Enter, and it will be uninstalled.

Conclusion:

It completely depends on your decision whether to keep it or not. The tool is safe to use and doesn’t harm your computer in any way. It works as a utility to provide you excellent user experience from the background.

I hope you liked this informative post on all the questions and myths related to Akamai Netsession. If you liked the article, then don’t forget to leave a comment down below and share it with your friends. Cheers! 🙂

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