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What is the Intel killer networking software on Windows 11

Windows 11 is officially out. Not many Windows 10 users have upgraded to it but those that have aren’t reporting any major problems. Windows 11 is new, and it came out much sooner than most device manufacturers and hardware component manufactures were expecting meaning not everything has a compatible driver ready for the new OS.

Intel killer networking software

Intel Killer Networking Software and Windows 11

Windows 11 doesn’t seem to have any major bugs at the moment, at least none that have been identified. One problem that a few users have reported is slow internet. You can generally expect the internet to remain somewhat slow after you install a brand new OS but the problem is persistent for some users.

The slow internet problem can also be caused by Intel Killer Networking Software.

Intel Killer Networking Software

Intel Killer Networking Software is an Intel app. It’s installed on your system either when you install network drivers or by your desktop/laptop manufacturer. You will find this software on your system if you have one of the following hardware components.

Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (i s)
Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (x w)
Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E AX1675 (x w)
Intel® Killer™ Ethernet E3100 2.5 Gbps

It installs drivers for these hardware components however, it also runs certain services in the background to ‘manage’ the connection. Outside of the drivers, you do not need the services to run. Your network card will work just fine. These services that the Intel Killer Networking Software app runs cause slow internet on Windows 11. Fortunately, you can stop them from running.

Stop Intel Killer Networking Software services

To stop the services run by the Intel Killer Networking Software app, follow these steps.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, enter services.msc and tap the Enter key.
  3. In the Services app, look for the following services.

Killer Analytics service
Killer Dynamic Bandwidth Management
Killer Network Service
Killer Smart AP selection service

  1. Right-click a service and select Stop from the context menu.
  2. Double-click the service and go to the General tab.
  3. Open the Startup type dropdown.
  4. Select Disabled from the menu.
  5. Repeat for all the services we’ve listed.
  6. Restart the system.

Conclusion

The Intel Killer Networking Software app may or may not be causing problems on your system. If it isn’t, there is no need to disable these services. If you feel the internet is slow on your system, compared to other devices that you use on the same network, it is worth disabling these services to see if it makes a difference. 

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