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Is rthdcpl.exe safe?

Rthdcpl.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if rthdcpl.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Rthdcpl.exe file information

The process known as Realtek HD Audio Control Panel belongs to software Realtek HD Audio Sound Effect Manager by Realtek Semiconductor (www.realtek.com.tw).

Description: Rthdcpl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file rthdcpl.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". The file size on Windows 7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/rthdcpl.exe.html 
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 inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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If rthdcpl.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, 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. Rthdcpl.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Rthdcpl.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as rthdcpl.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. 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.


User Comments

I am doing without RDTHCPL in the startup procedures in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run path. Everything about my sound is still running just fine, since I never have a need to change any features of my sound quality.
  Alexander Moon  
This is the Realtek HD Audio Manager
  Pizza Kitty  
Ad aware does not pick this, nor does virus scanners. This file attaches to sound or video executable's/services and redirects your google search's to random pages. The only way to stop this is to locate the infected service in task manager then search their locations out and delete and replace the actual files with clean one's also make sure before that to stop the startup in msconfig.exe but make sure you activate it once the clean file is in.
  Noah Boudreault  
Realtek HD audio control panel. However i crashed it with VST "Massive" and dont know how to fix it now
Running the Realtek Audio Manager under Win XP is what's responsible for creating the two dozen or so ".bin" files in your Local Settings Temp folder, one per supported language.
  really tired  
Realtek HD audio control panel.
if this file is in c:\windows directory of winxp, it is a duplicate and a malware program. It idled all the processes running on my computer and until I renamed it, I could not get a malware scan to complete. It foiled at least 5 free malware programs by idling them before they could detect the malware. I was able after renaming the file to complete a normal malware scan.
Takes up way to much processing power.
  A friend  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of rthdcpl.exe: based on 101 votes with 9 reviews.
53 users think rthdcpl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 22 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 10 users think rthdcpl.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 21 users don't grade rthdcpl.exe ("not sure about it").

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