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What’s KillerAnalyticsService.exe (Killer Analytics Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

While browsing our Windows Task Manager on our test PC here at our cybersecurity lab in Austin, Texas, one of our SpyShelter team members found a mysterious "killer" executable called KillerAnalyticsService.exe.

If you found this web page, then you probably found this "killer" process running in your own Task Manager, and you're curious what exactly is so "killer" about it. Is it going to "kill" your PC with malware, or is this something that's safe to have running?

Well... fortunately Rivet Networks (now part of Intel) makes this .exe and it's completely safe. You're going to need this .exe if you want to have a "killer" network connection, and here's why...

Rivet Networks was acquired by Intel in 2020 for their Wi-fi 6 technology. So, if you're running Rivet software on your PC, then you should consider that this software is controlled by Intel.

KillerAnalyticsService.exe is a process related to Killer Networking and is part of the driver package for a network interface controller. Although the .exe does have the name "analytics" in it, we couldn't find any information that confirms this executable is only responsible for analytics, so we don't recommend disabling it.

You may be wondering, why is KillerAnalyticsService.exe signed by Microsoft? Microsoft reviews and signs some hardware-related Windows Services and Drivers, to make sure they don't cause any security issues or instability with the Windows OS. So, this .exe was most likely reviewed by Microsoft at some point.

Want to have a "killer" Wifi or Ethernet connection? Then don't disable this Intel-made process on your PC. As long as it's signed by Microsoft then it should be safe.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes KillerAnalyticsService.exe (Killer Analytics Service)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher should be the publisher of KillerAnalyticsService.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is KillerAnalyticsService.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the KillerAnalyticsService.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find KillerAnalyticsService.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 2, 2024

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