What is rpcnetp.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 rpcnetp.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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Rpcnetp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with rpcnetp
Rpcnetp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as rpcnetp belongs to software rpcnetp by unknown.

Description: Rpcnetp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file rpcnetp.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 17,920 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 17,408 bytes or 30 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The rpcnetp.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows core file. Rpcnetp.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If rpcnetp.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 86% dangerous. The file size is 17,920 bytes. The application has no file description. Rpcnetp.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. Rpcnetp.exe is able to manipulate other programs.

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

I think rpcnetp.exe might be part of the security software called "LoJack for Laptops" made by Absolute. It helps to recover stolen laptops by sending info about the location that the laptop has connected to the internet from.
  Joe   (further information)
Absolute software(formerly computrace) LoJack for laptops theft dialer
My Norton AntiBot removes it at every startuop
LoJack for LapTops
I've found this installed on a computer that does not have "LoJack for Laptops" and it has been identified as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.caye
If you have LoJack or CompuTrace installed on the machine then it is should be safe, especially if this is a company laptop. Check Add-Remove Programs list to confirm.
  TurcoLoco   (further information)
It's the downloader of the Computrace software from "Absolute Software" (cf. complete report in German)
  El Wolfo   (further information)
LoJack for Laptops. It is embedded into the BIOS, so it comes back after every removal. It comes installed in a wide range of laptops (Gateway, Dell, etc) from the manufacturer, so you do NOT have to install it or activate it first. There are NO workarounds currently known, so the only thing you can do is add it to a trusted list on your scanner and submit bug reports to the maker of the scanner
  Wayfarer   (further information)
Some computers have a BIOS feature that will load something that reinstalls Computrace. However it is alarming that someone might be spoofing their software to spread malware. Perhaps Absolute Software should add another name for their software agents.
  Rational Keith  
Someones said it might be related to Absolute Software, if it is then why doesnt it show any information in its properties as rpcnet.exe does. and I removed rpcnet.exe, it is not coming back, but I remove the service rpcnetp and delete the fiel rpcnetp.exe and rpcnetp.dll from system32 folder but everyday it comes back. So it definitely is suspicious
  Kashif Umar  
It dials home to Absolute every day reporting location, IP address and a list of programs running. If reported stolen, it does this every 15 minutes. It is not meant to be active unless you buy Absolute's software for it, however has been seen running and sending messages regardless. I consider it a privacy invasion and disabled: Properties - Security: Set everything to Deny. Seems to have worked.
My AVG had a panic attack when it found it and quarentined it and made me system restart which took longer than normal..
Yes it is Absolute software, but for me it was malware preventing all EXEs from opening
In Windows 2003 and earlier versions of Windows, the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service is used to link apps like rpcnet.exe and the service manages the RPC name service database. In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, this service does not provide any functionality and is present for application compatibility. Rpcnet.exe is used to give the service specific function. Set the service to manual in Control Panel / Administrative tools / Services. After AVG or any other antivirus finds and removes rpcnet.exe the BIOS won't see an active service and look for a app to execute.
  mlhco12   (further information)
I found this on my laptop on second boot up. After the first boot up I had installed AVG via a known clean USB drive before ever connecting to the internet. First reboot this file was detected (still no internet access). If it was a virus then it was put on the hard disc by the OEM! (ASUS 1225B netbook purchased 17/04/12)
  Gavin Davies, UK  
guys you could delete rcpnetp in regedit.msc, click the EDIT then FIND, type rpcnetp.. wait till it shows u the registry then delete it..
LoJack for Laptops. It is embedded into the BIOS, it comes back after every removal. Was activated and started reporting every 15 min. on my Toshiba and after contacting Absolute and furnishing proof of ownership it was "deactivated" - it is still running and could also be used to read/block my system - a shameless thing indeed ...I never paid or wanted such a thing...
  alex torok   (further information)
some laptop bioses create this file , check with you laptop supplyer , if it should be there , some viruses spread themselves by this name , so be carefull
I dont get this... my AVG says to delete it on every startup...

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of rpcnetp.exe: based on 14 votes with 19 user comments. 2 users think rpcnetp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think rpcnetp.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade rpcnetp.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving rpcnetp issues

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