Net Command

net.exe. What is it?

Net.exe is a Net Command.

This file is part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. Net.exe is developed by Microsoft Corporation. It’s a system and hidden file. Net.exe is usually located in the %WINDOWS% sub-folder and its usual size is 42,496 bytes.

Net.exe offers additional functions to your LAN (local area network) via the Command Prompt. Net.exe is not an essential process, but terminating it could cause dependent programs fail to run.

The net.exe command is used to fix, update, or view the network or the network settings. Net.exe is available in Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

The net.exe command can be used to stop and start the IPv6 protocol. Here are the net.exe commands that are relevant to IPv6:

net stop tcpip6: stops the IPv6 protocol and unloads it from memory. This command fails if any IPv6 sockets are open;

net start tcpip6: starts the IPv6 protocol in case it was stopped. If a new Tcpip6.sys driver file is present in the %systemroot%\System32\Drivers directory, this means that the driver file is loaded.

Important: malware can mask itself as net.exe. Scan your PC with Auslogics Antivirus to make sure it's not infected.


The net.exe process is safe and disabling it can be dangerous, because programs on your computer need it to work correctly. Some other processes use the same file name.


Author: Microsoft CorporationPart Of: Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemCommon path(s): subfolder %WINDOWS%
subfolder %SYSTEM%
subfolder %WINDOWS%


Malware risk: Scan your PC for viruses and Trojans
Some viruses infect computers while disguised in the form of legitimate files, like net.exe. Run an antivirus scan to ensure your PC is clean and safe.
Registry Errors: Free scan (run Registry Cleaner)Uninstallation: N/A Uninstall (run Unistall Manager)Disk & Memory Usage: N/A Free scan (run Task Manager)

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