What is RCMan.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 RCMan.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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RCMan.EXE file information

Windows Task Manager with RCMan
RCMan.EXE process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Remote Control Manager belongs to software Creative Media Source (version 2 Remote Control System) or Creative Entertainment Center by Creative Technology (

Description: RCMan.EXE is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file RCMan.EXE is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\RemoteControl\ or C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy\RemoteCenter\Rc\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 139,264 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 143,360 bytes, 135,168 bytes, 147,456 bytes or 172,032 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. RCMan.EXE is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could completely remove Sound Blaster Audigy 4 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

Creative Labs Remote Control - Don't need if you don't have the reomote
  Mule Acid  
It's for the remote from a creative 2zs platinum pro soundblaster.... safe to me
I didn't know what this file was in the beginning. I have ben having problems always working my system. It would reboot every 5 minutes or less. I searched the task manager to find RcMan.exe i found it extremely suspitious. i ended the process from it running. My computer has been working as usual for over 3 hours now. So i bet that was the fault. For all i know it could have affected my bootup log, hardware or i could have corrupted my files on the harddrives from the extremely sporadic and constant reboots that either fully logged into windows or would freze during startup or not start up.
Enables remote controler support for Creative's Audigy ZS Platinum and Platinum Pro sound cards. You may disable it if you do not use the remote.
  AMDFiend   (further information)
I have and use the remote, it is only needed to make the remote function.
got some kind of infection which replaces this file
Not dangerous but not neccessary
was using 83% of my cpu, slowed every thing down
  Clifford Richards  

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Summary: Average user rating of RCMan.EXE: based on 14 votes with 8 user comments. 11 users think RCMan.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks RCMan.EXE is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving RCMan issues

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