How to remove the rlvknlg64 virus

Most antivirus programs identify rlvknlg64.exe as malware—e.g. F-Secure identifies it as Adware.Relevant.AZ or Trojan.Generic.9703855, and Avast identifies it as Win32:Relevant-G [PUP] or Win32:Relevant-W [PUP].

The rlvknlg64.exe file is a software component of RelevantKnowledge by TMRG.
"rlvknlg64.exe" is an adware file that runs in the background of Windows and monitors browsing behaviors like sites visited, domains visited, ads clicked, etc. and builds a profile on the user. It is often installed in a bundle with other third-party software and routinely displays pop-up ads based on that user profile. TMRG is a global leader in market research, providing businesses a way to track current trends and patterns of PC and mobile web browsing to market their products effectively to the right audience.

RlvKnlg64 stands for RelevantKnowledge 64-bit

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Rlvknlg64.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with rlvknlg64
Rlvknlg64.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as RelevantKnowledge belongs to software RelevantKnowledge by TMRG, (

Description: Rlvknlg64.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file rlvknlg64.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 210,560 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 205,592 bytes, 204,304 bytes, 203,904 bytes or 189,720 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows system file. Rlvknlg64.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with rlvknlg64.exe, you can also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of RelevantKnowledge (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify rlvknlg64.exe related errors

Important: You should check the rlvknlg64.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If RelevantKnowledge has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving rlvknlg64 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active rlvknlg64 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the rlvknlg64.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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