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What is Killer Network Service? Should you disable it?

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Windows runs on hundreds of background processes to run all the programs we need. Moreover, additional programs or peripherals and their drivers install more background services to function as intended.

In this article, we’re talking about Killer Network Service and whether you should disable it on your computer?

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What is the Killer Network Service?

Killer Network cards are an Intel series of WiFi cards focused on gaming. They’re most commonly seen in gaming laptops and provide as low latency as possible when gaming over WiFi networks.

However, they require additional software such as the Intel Killer Control Center or the Killer Network Service to run properly. This might end up hogging system resources and leaving your computer unresponsive. 

Is it a virus?

In most cases, the service is entirely legitimate and safe to run. Yes, it might occasionally show a spike in CPU resources, but that’s about all the effect you’ll see. However, malware operators have been known to use malware resembling a Windows’ service name; if the service on your PC is using PC resources for a sustained period, there’s a possibility that it’s a virus.

The genuine service is installed in C:\Program Files\KillerNetworking\KillerControlCenter. If the program you’re dealing with isn’t in this location, it could be a virus or malware. 

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Should you Disable the Killer Network Service?

In some cases, the Killer Network Service is a required software component for your WiFi card to function, meaning removing or disabling the service can cause internet connectivity issues. However, at times you may be able to get away with it by installing Intel-based drivers. 

In any case, try out these solutions to see if you can disable the Killer Network Service without impacting your internet connectivity options. 

Disabling the Killer Networking Service

Disabling the service right away is the easiest way to stop using system resources.

Step 1: Go to Run (Windows key + R) and type services.msc. Click Ok.

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Step 2: You’ll see a Services dialogue box. Scroll down until you find Killer Network Service.

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Step 3: Right-click on Killer Network Service and click on Properties.

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Step 4: Under Startup type, select Disabled. Then click Apply.

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And that’s how you get rid of the service.

Uninstall the Killer Networking suite

Uninstalling the Killer Networking suite removes all additional software from your PC and should effectively disable the Killer Networking Service as well.

Step 3: Press Windows key + X to bring up the quick access menu. Select Apps and Features from this menu.

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Step 2: Find the Killer Networking Suite in the list, click on it and select Uninstall. 

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Now restart your PC, and the Killer Network Service should be gone.

Run an SFC Scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason your PC might behave weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

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Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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Restart your PC, and it should run fine.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: