What is recordingmanager.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 recordingmanager.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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Recordingmanager.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with recordingmanager
Recordingmanager.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as RealDownloader or RealNetworks Download and Record Manager belongs to software RealDownloader (version (32-bit)) or RealPlayer (version (32-bit)) by RealNetworks (

Description: Recordingmanager.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Recordingmanager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the "C:\Program Files" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 232,608 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 233,048 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Recordingmanager.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In the event of any problems with recordingmanager.exe, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as recordingmanager.exe. Therefore, you should check the recordingmanager.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

Irritating and seems to load when I use Chrome,slowing down my XP system, can end process using Task Manager (recommend if not using RealDwnloader) Showed up unannounced on last Real Update
  Jack Weaver  
It's from Real Networks, Inc. and starts up on Win 8 every time I insert a flash drive. I have to kill it to remove the flash drive.
  Bill Gearhiser  

Summary: Average user rating of recordingmanager.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving recordingmanager issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with recordingmanager. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 recordingmanager.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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