What is RIconMan.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 RIconMan.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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RIconMan.exe file information

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

The process known as Realtek Card Reader Icon Tool or Realtek Card Reader Patch Tool belongs to software Realtek PCIE Card Reader or Realtek USB (version 2.0 Card Reader) or IconMan_R or Drive Letter Recognition Software or Visual C++ Redistributables or Realtek USB Card Reader by Realsil Microelectronics (

Description: RIconMan.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. RIconMan.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,817,088 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 2,451,456 bytes and 26 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The RIconMan.exe file is not a Windows system file. RIconMan.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader or Realtek PCIE Card Reader, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader or Realtek PCIE Card Reader in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

Recommended: Identify RIconMan.exe related errors

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

Was installed without my knowledge, detected by WinPatrol, currently disabled. I will probably use WinPatrol to remove it.
In an individual file scan and a full system scan, avast found no threats relating to this program, can be easily killed by core manipulating programs(such as process explorer) and does not automatically restart until next boot, boot execution can be disabled in msconfig, based on name it is most likely a driver for portable media card readers(such as s.d. cards)
A must have for bank card log in applications

Summary: Average user rating of RIconMan.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving RIconMan issues

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