What is NICServ.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the NICServ.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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NICServ.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with NICServ
NICServ.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NICSer_WPC54G belongs to software Linksys Wireless Network Monitor or 802.11g Wireless Client Utility by unknown.

Description: NICServ.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file NICServ.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (common is C:\Program Files (x86)\Linksys\Wireless-G Notebook Adapter\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\Linksys\WUSBF54G\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 455,680 bytes (72% of all occurrences), 530,432 bytes or 529,920 bytes. 
The NICServ.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. NICServ.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with NICServ.exe, you can also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as NICServ.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NICServ.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Related to Linksys config utility.
  Rob Larson   (further information)
It appears to be part of the Linksys Wireless-B adapter utility
  Justin   (further information)
It was created during the installation of a Linksys Wireless-G Notebook adapter
NICServ.exe has allowed PCs on my wireless network to realize the optimum speeds available. Without it running, Wireless Zero alone can only provide a limited amount of wireless bandwidth
  Rob   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of NICServ.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think NICServ.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving NICServ issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with NICServ. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the NICServ.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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