Have you also found a software named Akamai Netsession Client on your computer, which you don’t remember downloading? Well, it’s because you didn’t download it. Then what is it doing on your computer? What is Akamai Netsession Client? And more importantly, is Akamai netsession safe to keep? We also had the same questions when we found this software on our computers. And then, we decided to find more about it. In this article, we will discuss Akamai Netsession Client, and we will also find out if it is safe to keep or remove it from our computer.
When we download third-party software, many of these comes bundled with a couple of unwanted software. These extras are of different types. Most of these software are freeware, and they have nothing to do with the intended downloaded software. They are on your PC to just advertise themselves. Then there are some software, which are compulsory to download. These software help in installing the intended downloaded software. Akamai Netsession client is very similar to the second type of software. Let’s understand more about it.
What is Akamai Netsession Client
Akamai Netsession Interface or Akamai Netsession Client is basically a downloader. It actually improves the speed, efficiency, and reliability of other downloads and streams. This software is used by many software developing companies and media publishers (websites).
One of the biggest known software company, Adobe uses it. Suppose, you need to download Adobe Flash Player from Adobe’s website. When you click on “Download Adobe Flash Player,” it will first download an installer. When you open the installer, this installer first downloads Akamai Netsession Interface. Why? Now as Akamai Netsession is downloaded, it will now download the rest of the necessary files for Adobe Flash Player. Well, these could have been downloaded by the installer itself then why use Akamai Netsession, right?
Akamai has lots of servers around the world. Akamai Netsession Interface uses closest servers and other downloaders (like you) computer to download the required file. And yes, it will use your computer’s bandwidth to share the downloaded file to others. This software won’t share any of your own files or data to someone else. It will only share the installation files of any software whose company uses the services of Akamai. When you get the data from other users like you, the downloading speed and efficiency increases.
Similarly, many websites use Akamai’s services as well. If Akamai Netsession Interface is installed on your computer, then while browsing a website which also uses Akamai’s services, you’ll be able to stream data at a better speed. The video or audio you stream on that website is not only being streamed to you from Akamai’s nearest server, but also from other users like you.
Is Akamai Netsession Client a Virus/Malware
No. Akamai Netsession Client is neither a virus nor a malware. It’s just a downloader.
Should You Keep or Remove Akamai Netsession Client?
Akamai Netsession Client uses just a little bit of your bandwidth, for a cost of improving speed and efficiency of your download. It is completely up to you to remove or keep it. If it harms your computer in any way or slows it down, it is completely safe to remove Akamai Netsession Client. After removing, you will be able to use the internet pretty normally. Only the content on a few sites might take a little longer to load.