Do you know what NetMon is?
NetMon is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is better known by its official name, InetStat. The application created by Astori LLC is presented at interstat.eu, but this website is not the only source of this potentially unwanted program. If you download NetMon from the official site, it is unlikely that you will encounter third-party programs, but, if you decide to trust third-party software distributors, you might install malicious software. It is important that you delete NetMon, but we need to warn you that the removal of the programs associated with this PUP could be more pressing. Of course, the PUP itself can be unreliable, so you should not take its removal lightly.
If you live in Germany, you might be introduced to NetMon by Amonetize and other third-party installers. Even though we do not recommend installing NetMon at all, you certainly should not install it using the services of third parties. According to our malware researchers, Amonetize distributes adware (e.g., OffersWizard and GenesisOffers), browser hijackers (e.g., Istartsurf.com), other PUPs, and even malicious software. Unfortunately, most – if not all – programs spread by Amonetize require removal. So, if you have installed NetMon with the help of some third-party installer, you must examine your operating system. Install a malware scanner, and it will let you know if you need to delete malicious and unreliable programs from your operating system. It should be clear to you why adware, hijackers, and malicious programs require removal, but why should you remove NetMon? This program auto-starts with Windows without permission, silently generates ad clicks and traffic to third-party sites. This is not how reliable software works, and so every affected user should delete NetMon.
Windows users usually think that they will be able to remove NetMon manually. Unfortunately, the manual removal of this PUP is not always straightforward. Some users complain that they cannot uninstall NetMon via Control Panel: The uninstaller is not always present, in which case, you need to open the Task Manager, end the process called inetstat.exe, go to %appdata%\InetStat\, and delete the files associated with the undesirable PUP. Alternatively, you can install an automated malware remover that will delete NetMon and other malicious, undesirable programs for you.
Delete NetMon (InetStat) from Windows
Delete from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
- Tap the Windows key on your keyboard to access the Metro UI start screen.
- Access the Charm bar from the bottom-right corner and click Search.
- Enter Control Panel into the dialog box and open the utility.
- Select Uninstall a program and right-click the app you wish to remove. Click Uninstall.
Delete from Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Click the Windows button on the left of the Taskbar to access the Start menu.
- Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
- Locate the application you wish to remove from your PC and right-click it.
- Select Uninstall to initiate the removal.
Delete from Windows XP
- Click the Start button on the left of the Taskbar and select Control Panel.
- Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
- Move to the menu on the left and click Change or Remove Programs.
- Select the undesirable application and choose Remove.
In non-techie terms:
The potentially unwanted program NetMon is not malicious, but it runs in a suspicious manner. If you don’t want an application capable of generating traffic to unpredictable, unfamiliar sites without your permission or notice running on your PC, you must remove NetMon. Even though the manual removal guide above can help delete NetMon in some cases, it has been discovered that, in some cases, users might have to kill processes and delete the files of this PUP manually. Due to this, we advise installing automatic malware removal software.