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Sub-title: I don't like hidden peer-to-peer file sharing.
Recently I used Windows' Task Manager to look at the processes running on my system. I saw more svchost.exe tasks running than I'm used to. I started up Microsoft's Process Explorer (found at Microsoft's Sysinternals website downloads) and found one svchost.exe running a service called "Akamai Net Session Interface (Akamai)".
In researching this I found a new directory C:Program FilesCommon FilesAkamai on my hard drive. Not recalling installing anything called Akamai and not liking having something on my system running without my specific permission I looked further into this. What was found in the Readme.txt file in this directory included the following:
"This file describes the Akamai NetSession Interface.
The Akamai NetSession Interface runs as a service to manage downloads and to
let you manage the download process. It was installed on your computer when you
downloaded content that uses the service to provide secure, high integrity
downloads of large files.
The NetSession Interface supports downloading from a central source and between
peers. When peer-downloading is enabled, your computer can serve as an upload
source for other computers -- without adverse impacts to your computing.
Peer-to-peer downloading can provide faster, more effective downloads.
The NetSession Interface contains no adware or spyware, is safe and secure,Akamai Net Session Interface
uses minimal resources, and provides you the ability to manage and control its
actions, including the ability to uninstall it if you do not want it on your
Apparently a program I installed recently also installed this peer-to-peer file sharing program on my system. The Readme.txt file gave further instructions about uninstalling the Akamai Net Session Interface so I uninstalled it.
Upon running a certain program again I later found the Akamai Net Session Interface had been reinstalled and was running again. I don't like having peer-to-peer file sharing programs constantly running on my system so I set about doing something about this.
It is also possible to stop the file sharing by running C:Program FilesCommon FilesAkamaiControlPanel.exe and unchecking the option to share files. The problem with this is the file sharing service is still running and still taking up system resources.
The important stuff
Long story made short. Every time you run a certain program, it also insures that the Akamai Net Session Interface, a peer-to-peer file sharing service, is also running. Shutting down this program does not shut down the Akamai Net Session Interface. Uninstalling the Akamai Net Session Interface will only cause it to be reinstalled the next time you run the program. Shutting down the Akamai Net Session Interface has to be done manually. The way this is done is with a small .bat file. The one I created is as follows:
1. Start up the Notebook program.
2. Type/copy the following 2 lines of text into Notebook:
cd C:Program FilesCommon FilesAkamai
3. Save this file with a .bat (NOT a .txt) file extension somewhere handy. I named mine "Stop Akamai.bat".
Now after I run a certain program and shut it down I also run the Stop Akamai.bat batch file to shut down this Akamai Net Session Interface. This insures my bandwidth isn't being used by some third party to perform services for themselves.
This works on Microsoft Operating Systems. Apple OS users are on your own. Linux users have probably already taken care of this.