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 rthdcpl.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.
The process known as Realtek HD Audio Control Panel or Realtek HD Audio belongs to software Realtek HD Audio Sound Effect Manager or Realtek HD Audio by Realtek Semiconductor (www.realtek.com.tw) or Realtek (www.realtek.com).
Description: Rthdcpl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file rthdcpl.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder.
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes.
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is not a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. Rthdcpl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If rthdcpl.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 78% dangerous. The file size is 994,843 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 1,239,040 bytes or 13,179,660 bytes. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet.
If rthdcpl.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 77% dangerous. The file size is 95,554 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 29,696 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, Run). It is not a Windows system file. Rthdcpl.exe is able to monitor applications.
If rthdcpl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 994,843 bytes.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as rthdcpl.exe, for example Artemis!239E5377AD32 (detected by McAfee), and Trojan.GenericKD.3135595 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the rthdcpl.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with rthdcpl. 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 rthdcpl.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.