What is rlm.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 rlm.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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Rlm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with rlm
Rlm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Reprise License Manager for Tecplot Products belongs to software GenArts Sapphire RLM Server or Reprise License Manager for Tecplot by Reprise Software.

Description: Rlm.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file rlm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,540,096 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 2,098,176 bytes or 1,486,848 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Rlm.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall Reprise License Manager for Tecplot or GenArts Sapphire RLM Server software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7) or ask the software vendor,, for advice.

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


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Best practices for resolving rlm issues

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