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 10/8/7/XP are 233,048 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 232,608 bytes and 8 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 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: 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  
It frequently attaches to USB flash drives when a browser is open and prevents ejection of the USB drive.

Summary: Average user rating of recordingmanager.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.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: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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