What is RSD.exe?

The genuine RSD.exe file is a software component of RSD-NetConnected by Motorola.
RSD.exe is an executable file that runs RSD-NetConnected, an application that downloads firmware updates for Motorola phones from the Motorola website. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. RSD-NetConnected is a application to be used in conjunction with Motorola phones. The program looks for software updates for the phone and downloads them automatically on a regular basis. The program can be used to transfer the update to the phone in order to install it. The program can also be used to move user information such as contacts, photos and music from one Motorola phone to another, and to select and modify phone settings for one or more phones. Motorola started out in 1928 in Chicago, Illinois as the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. In 1943, the company went public and the name was changed to its present name in 1947. At this time, Motorola's primary business was manufacturing and selling televisions and radios. With Explorer 1, Motorola began providing radio equipment for NASA for decades including during the 1969 moon landing. In 2011, Motorola split into two separate companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, after having lost $4.3 Billion from 2007 to 2009. The company is currently based in Schaumburg, Illinois, United States.

RSD stands for Remote Software Download - NetConnected

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 RSD.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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RSD.exe file information

The process known as RS Downloader belongs to software unknown by by Schneewiesel (

Description: RSD.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file RSD.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,539,072 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,538,560 bytes or 730,112 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core file. RSD.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name RSD.exe, for example Spyware.Keylogger or W32.Buzus (detected by Symantec), and Trojan.Generic.6013885 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the RSD.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 RSD issues

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