What is PackethSvc.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 PackethSvc.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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PackethSvc.exe file information

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

The process known as Virtual Adapter Service belongs to software America Online by America Online (

Description: PackethSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PackethSvc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 64,512 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. PackethSvc.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PackethSvc.exe. Therefore, you should check the PackethSvc.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

It uses up my memory for one thing
  Rolan Cobb  
shopping, channels,
mine was hiden although not useing memory i still quarantined it an it did no harm
  bob the cpu bloke  
It is a hidden file on %windows%system32

Summary: Average user rating of PackethSvc.exe: based on 2 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade PackethSvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving PackethSvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PackethSvc. 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 PackethSvc.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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