What is the Network Access Protection Agent (napagent) service?

An explanation of the Network Access Protection Agent (napagent) service in Windows 7.

What does the Network Access Protection Agent (napagent) service do?

The Network Access Protection Agent (napagent) protects a corporate network by making sure your computer meets a set of requirements before it can connect to it.

Network Access Protection Agent (napagent) service details

  • Service name: napagent
  • Description: The Network Access Protection (NAP) agent service collects and manages health information for client computers on a network. Information collected by NAP agent is used to make sure that the client computer has the required software and settings. If a client computer is not compliant with health policy, it can be provided with restricted network access until its configuration is updated. Depending on the configuration of health policy, client computers might be automatically updated so that users quickly regain full network access without having to manually update their computer.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Network Access Protection Agent (napagent) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the napagent service to run.

Should I disable the Network Access Protection Agent (napagent) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the napagent service alone. If it’s disabled you might not be able to connect to a corporate network.

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