What is IR_SERVER.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 IR_SERVER.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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IR_SERVER.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with IR_SERVER
IR_SERVER.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Realtek IR_SERVER0416.07 belongs to software IR_SERVER by Realtek (

Description: IR_SERVER.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The IR_SERVER.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 139,264 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 155,648 bytes or 159,744 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The IR_SERVER.exe file is not a Windows system file. IR_SERVER.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can look for help on the [1][2] website or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > REALTEK DVB-T USB DEVICE or DVB-T USB DEVICE).

Recommended: Identify IR_SERVER.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as IR_SERVER.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the IR_SERVER.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

Ist ein Virus
  Luca postiglione  
Yep, it appears, and even if it's the valid version, it's not needed.
IR_Server taucht nach der instalation von IR Sendern, Empfängern auf. Bei mir DVBT Stick mit IR Fernbedienung...
  The Dude  
Ist bei mir XP nach der istallation von USB DVBT mit IR fernbedienung
Kann "The Dude" nur zustimmen: Ist nach der Installation eines DVB-T-Sticks mit IR-FB mit Realtek-Chip aufgetaucht. Insofern für IR wichtig.
  Taskmanager   (further information)
Hatte einen DVBT-Stick Installiert und wider Deinstalliert Programm ist immer noch da
it is not dangerous at all, it is part of the infrared remote drivers for most realterk chipset dvb-t usb cards
  some guy  
Its a Server for a IR Receiver and part of a DVB-T stick by realtek

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Summary: Average user rating of IR_SERVER.exe: based on 7 votes with 8 user comments. 3 users think IR_SERVER.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks IR_SERVER.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving IR_SERVER issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with IR_SERVER. 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 IR_SERVER.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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