Akamai Netsession Client: Is It Safe To Install? Should You Remove It?

There come a lot of questions from Windows as well as Mac users regarding the Akamai NetSession, if it ‘is a virus,’ or ‘is it safe,’ ‘should it be used,’ and so on. If you are not familiar about the about Akamai error or are curious if it should be used or not, then this article will answer all your queries from top to bottom. Read on!

What is Akamai NetSession Client?

Akamai NetSession client is one leading company of Content Delivery Network aka CDN. Basically, it is a tool that boosts the download speed of your device. Many other companies use their interface in order to deliver media files and documents to your PC. And for this purpose, you will be asked to install the Akamai NetSession client on your PC.

It can also be called as a download manager as it helps to boost up the quality and speed of downloads from peculiar companies. It also helps you experience better applications, media, and data. A number of companies provide the data to be downloaded by users like media files, PDF files, etc. that is powered by Akamai Netsession due to its reliability.

Is Akamai NetSession A Virus?


It is safe to use.

Now that you know what Akamai NetSession is, let me tell you whatever rumours you heard about it being a virus are all false conclusions. If you are asked by a company to install Akamai NetSession, or if it is a part of BIOS update, the Firewall will mark it as spyware. But this is not anywhere near to being spyware.

None of your private data will be leaked or shared anyway. You can anytime uninstall this session and you will not fall vulnerable to any sort of virus on your desktop by using Akamai.


  • Increases download speed when your PC is idle for it.
  • Supports SSL and HTTPS security.
  • Extension of Akamai’s global server network.
  • Covers number of downloads in a lesser time.
  • Extremely safe and secure to use.

Where to Find The Software on Your Desktop?

Since Akamai NetSession runs as a service in the background of your desktop, you will have to go to Control Panel on Windows to view it. And if you are using Mac OS, then go to the System Preference section.

Should You Remove Akamai NetSession Interface?

As I mentioned earlier, it is not a virus or malware or spyware. It is extremely safe to use and you can remove it any time you want. If it can give you something it is the boosting in download speeds and nothing negative as such.

You are also given the option to uninstall Akamai Netsession anytime you want to. Hence, in my opinion, I do not find any strong reason to remove Akamai. But you are free to choose.

How to Temporarily Suspend Akamai NetSession Client?

If you are confused to keep Akamai NetSession or not then you can try checking the difference it makes by temporarily suspending Akamai NetSession on your PC. Before getting into this temporary fix, let me tell you that if you restart your PC, the settings will restore and thus you will have to again stop the session if you want to.

To suspend Akamai, you will have to follow the steps below-

For Windows:-

  • Go to the Windows Control panel.
  • Go to the Preference section.
  • Look for the service of NetSession.
  • Then finally click on the Stop button.
  • You have now successfully stopped the service.

For Mac:-

  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Go to the Preference section.
  • Look for the service of NetSession.
  • Then finally click on the Stop button.
  • You have now successfully stopped the service.

In case you want to restore the changes you made and think it was better with Akamai NetSession, you can start it again. All you need to do is click on the Start button. The initial Stop button will change to the Start button when you stop the service.

How to Uninstall Akamai Netsession on Mac?

Let’s understand the methods in full details.

Method 1:- Using Command Prompt on Mac

  1. Go to the Applications> Utilities folder.
  2. Then double left-click on Terminal.
  3. Using Terminal, go to Akamai NetSession install folder. Most probably found at- /Applications/Akamai
  4. Type the command- ./admintool uninstall- force in the command and hit the Return key.
  5. Be patient. Soon the tool will be uninstalled from your Mac.

Method 2:- Through Uninstaller Program

  1. Open the Finder Tool and search- NetSession Interface.
  2. Now go to the folder having the tool.
  3. With the other files, you will also see an uninstaller app.
  4. Double-click on it to open the uninstaller app.
  5. To complete the process, follow the prompts given.

How to Uninstall Akamai NetSession on Windows?

Let’s dive into the methods step-by-step.

Method 1:- Using Command Prompt on Windows

  1. Click on the Windows key on the keyboard or you can also click on the Start button on your Windows PC.
  2. Then go to the Search bar and type- CMD or Command Prompt.
  3. A command prompt application will then be visible on the screen. Click on it to open.
  4. With the help of DOS commands, go to the folder of NetSession Installation.
  5. Now type the below commands and hit enter after typing one command as shown below. Also, do not forget to mention the user name in the command of the Account user name on your Windows OS.
    cd Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Akamai
  6. Then type- admintool.exe uninstall- force and hit the enter button.
  7. Wait for a few seconds until the uninstall process is finished.

Method 2:- Using Uninstaller Program

  1. Go to the Control Panel of Windows PC.
  2. Then, open the ‘Add or Remove Programs tool‘.
  3. Look for Akamai NetSession Interface.
  4. Select the same and then click on the option to Remove/ Change.
  5. When you are asked for permission to uninstall the software, click on YES.
  6. Follow the instructions given.
  7. You are done here. You can restart your PC now for a better start.

Final Conclusion:

This was about the queries faced in general by users regarding Akamai NetSession. I hope all your questions have been answered by now. And what you thought of being a virus is actually a booster! You install the software in your system without having any second thoughts. For any further doubts, comment down below.

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