What is rcserv.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 rcserv.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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Rcserv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with rcserv
Rcserv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as RCSERV.EXE belongs to software Tivoli Remote Control Service by IBM ( or TIVOLI Systems (

Description: Rcserv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file rcserv.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 77,824 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 57,344 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The rcserv.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The rcserv.exe file is not a Windows system file. Rcserv.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify rcserv.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as rcserv.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the rcserv.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

Tivoli remote control software
  A Parent  
Tivoli file
Tivoli remote control server
Installed by Tivoli Endpoint for Remote Control Services
  Bradley T. Gill - IBM Software Services for Tivoli   (further information)
Belongs to Tivoli Remote Control, is installed on controller and target machines for remote control, unlike MS Remote Desktop, the target user does not have to logoff and can see activity by the controller.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of rcserv.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think rcserv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving rcserv issues

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