What is compaq-rba.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the compaq-rba.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Compaq-rba.exe file information

The process known as RBA belongs to software NeoPlanet RBA by NeoPlanet (

Description: Compaq-rba.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file compaq-rba.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Advisor\bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 262,144 bytes (54% of all occurrences) or 258,048 bytes. 
Compaq-rba.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunOnce). Compaq-rba.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as compaq-rba.exe. Therefore, you should check the compaq-rba.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

Nothing, but it suddenly was detected trying to add itself to the, no u don't.
microsoft antispyware allowed it
caught it when my computer started lagging, it was using about 50% of my cpu
Applies to the CPQBootPerfDB entry as well. These files generate some kind of server or servlet that attempts to connect with Compaq online. They are like Trojans, but fairly harmless. They send information on the "Compaq Advisor/Compaq Message Screener" application that comes with every Compaq computer and provide feedback on how computer users use the Message Advisor. These messages appear occasionally and instruct and advise users on their computer and its use. They generally attempt to get you (these messages) to connect to Compaq's website. They may be safely disabled via MSCONFIG
  Datdeus   (further information)
Installing some HP programs caused it to HOG
interferes with WinXMedia - utilizes 30-70% of CPU while converting audio files
Its on every compaq computer and is like a trojan but fairly harmless
  Mike14   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of compaq-rba.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks compaq-rba.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving compaq-rba issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with compaq-rba. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the compaq-rba.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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