I've recently installed Autodesk Maya and along with it came Akamai NetSession and something known as Macrovision/FLEXnet. I doubt that this is any sort of malware as Autodesk is a multinational corporation but I always try to limit the amount of bloat or useless programs I have on my computer. A quick Google search doesn't turn up much and the Autodesk EULA just scares me even more.
"12. Autodesk download technology may use the Akamai NetSession Interface, which may utilize a limited amount of your upload bandwidth and PC resources to connect you to a peered network and improve speed and reliability of Web content. The Akamai NetSession Interface is secure client-side networking technology that harnesses the power of your computer to deliver software and media available on the Akamai network. Your Akamai NetSession Interface works collectively with other Akamai NetSession Interfaces, along with thousands of Akamai edge servers, and runs as a networking service utilizing a limited amount of your computer's available resources."
The EULA doesn't mention Macrovision/FLEXnet.
It looks like NetSession is located under: %ProgramFiles%\common files\akamai\netsession_win_b427739.dll.
And Macrovision/FLEXnet is in: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FlexNet Publisher and C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet
So far I've uninstalled Akamai NetSession but it's left Netsession_win under the startup tab which I've disabled from running. There's no way to remove Macrovision/FLEXnet so I assume it's part of the actual license management for Maya and Autodesk products. Is there a way to get rid of everything that's unnecessary here from my computer? Or is all of this stuff part of the application? I don't want any sort of P2P programs on my computer. I'm seriously scared of getting malware that way.
Thanks for the help! :D
EDIT: Forgot to mention that I'm on Windows 10 64-bit.
Edited by Nithren985, 20 December 2015 - 05:55 PM.