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Is alcwzrd.exe safe?

Alcwzrd.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if alcwzrd.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Alcwzrd.exe file information

The process known as RealTek AlcWzrd Application belongs to software ALCWZRD by RealTek Semicoductor (www.realtek.com).

Description: Alcwzrd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. alcwzrd.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 2,805,248 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 2,550,272 bytes and 28 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/alcwzrd.exe.html 
It is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program is not visible. Alcwzrd.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Alcwzrd.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify alcwzrd.exe related errors

If alcwzrd.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 103,046 bytes. The program has no file description. The alcwzrd.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Alcwzrd.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "AlcWzrd" is not required to run at start up. RealTek High Definition audio driver related - detects new devices when plugged in, then pops up a dialog box. If everything works as expected you should be able to disable this one

Important: Some malware disguises itself as alcwzrd.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the alcwzrd.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Driver for onboard soundchip on ASUS mainboard
  J├╝rgen Quast  
ALCWZRD.EXE is associated with audio drivers
RealTek audio drivers related
sound drivers
Its a RealTek File that sends private information (Adware)
Installed with RealTek updated drivers
Although the cfgwiz.exe process is used by Norton Antivirus, it is not essential to its operation. It has been reported as using a large amount of system resources, so if you find it causes problems for your system you should terminate it.
  Jody Edwards   (further information)
sound driver for onboard mother board audio
Realtek audio driver components
Realtek driver
is missing in my computer
  R M  
take it off or leave it
RealTek Audio Driver
This file is installed with the driver for integrated audio on Gigabyte, ASUS and other mainboards. It provides the functionality to automatically pop-up a window when a new device (such as speakers or a microphone) is plugged into an input jack connected to the onboard audio. The audio will still function with this startup process removed, but you will loose the auto-detection functionality.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of alcwzrd.exe: based on 16 votes with 14 user comments.
13 users think alcwzrd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks alcwzrd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade alcwzrd.exe ("not sure about it").

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