What is rpcld.exe?

The genuine rpcld.exe file is a software component of LoJack for Laptops by Absolute Software.
Rpcld.exe is an executable file that belongs to LoJack, a laptop location tracking system used by Police to track down stolen laptops. This file is not a critical Windows file and can be removed if known to create problems. LoJack for Laptops is a laptop tracking software which enables police to locate stolen laptops on a map, as well as erase critical data and remotely lock computers. This service comes preinstalled on many laptops and is found in the BIOS. Once a laptop is reported as stolen, the software silently switches to theft mode where it records key presses, registry and file changes, and the geolocation. The data is sent to the police for investigation. Absolute Software is an American company that develops endpoint security and data risk management solutions aimed at personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. The company is the sole proprietor of Persistence technology, marketed as providing complete control over personal devices, regardless of user or location. The technology also allows an Absolute software client to be reinstalled if removed without authorization from the device owner.

RPCLD stands for Remote Procedure Call for Laptop Data

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 rpcld.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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Rpcld.exe file information

The process known as Remote Procedure Call (RPC) LD belongs to software EMSC or Remote Procedure Call (RPC) LD or Dell Image Preparation Tool or Computrace Installation Module by Absolute Software (

Description: Rpcld.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The rpcld.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 179,120 bytes (68% of all occurrences) or 184,728 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Rpcld.exe is not a Windows core file. Rpcld.exe is a file with no information about its developer. Rpcld.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 81% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with rpcld.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramEMSC.

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If rpcld.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 39% dangerous. The file size is 179,120 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 185,776 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Rpcld.exe is able to monitor applications.

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

Cnet's Techtracker software that scans your drive and advises of updates to software
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This is a core file for "Lojack for Laptops" functionality
  James Vitale   (further information)
According to This file is a Dell Image Preparation by Absolute Software Corp. I own a HP laptop. However I do have some Absolute Software on my laptop.
  J. Coleman   (further information)
LoJack locator - paid product very safe
This file make my laptop very slow and I have a gaming laptop !!!
  Pelle B.  
On my PC I used sysinternals/ProcessExplorer no description no company name /properties/Image showed Path was empty, command line was C:\ProgramData\Rpcnet\bin It appearded to be started from the service "Remote Procedure call (RPC Net" Manufacturere "Absolute Software Corp.". Stopped te service - still started, renamed registry entries - now not running
  Bill L   (further information)
Lojack program helps find computer if stolen
  Bob Gill  
This file is used by LoJack and I think some other product by Absolute.
it means remote procedure call and its not at all dangerous
Remote locator software that is a part of Absolute Software's Lojack for Laptops. Found when my computer alerted me to "location services" being accessed.
  Bradley Evans  
Lojack for Laptops runtime file. Comes "pre-baked" into the BIOS of most OEM laptops. HP, DELL, LENOVO, etc.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of rpcld.exe: based on 14 votes with 11 user comments. 9 users think rpcld.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks rpcld.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving rpcld issues

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